Cromer is a north Norfolk coastal town that became a popular holiday destination for the affluent in the early 1800s. Being 23 miles from Norwich, several of the wealthy Norwich banking families made it their summer home. Looking back towards the town, the view from the beach is scattered with impressive and beautiful Victorian buildings, some of which still operate as hotels.
Today it remains a popular destination for holidaymakers, having two sand and shingle beaches backed by low sandy cliffs that are considered safe and ideal for swimming. There are numerous chips shops, cafés, amusement arcades, shops and the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum (named after the famous Cromer lifeboatman who saved many lives and won the Royal National Lifeboat Institution three times and the silver medal four times, the George Cross, the British Empire Medal, and a series of other awards).
For walkers, the Norfolk Coast Path and Weavers’ Way pass through the town.
Formally opened in 1888, Cromer has one of only 18 Royal Golf Clubs in England. Numerous notable characters have graced the course throughout its history. These included the future King Edward VII and literary figures such as James Barrie, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Oscar Wilde.
Cromer Parish Church – The Church of St Peter and St Paul, which occupies a central position in the town, has the highest church tower in the county at 160ft 4in (48.87m). The vast stained glass windows commemorate various members of the lifeboat crew and other features of the resort.
The north Norfolk coastline has only one surviving Pier. This is found in Cromer, which has seen some sort of pier or jetty since 1391. No longer entirely of wood, as those first ones were, the Pier at Cromer remains a key feature of this seaside town. Nowadays, Cromer Pier is home to the 510-seater Pavilion Theatre, ‘Tides’ Restaurant, a shop and a recently created theatre bar.
Cromer is famous for its Cromer Crab, which can be enjoyed at eateries along the coast, and throughout Norfolk, and bought freshly caught from shops in the town centre.
Cromer Beach Information.
On the seafront you will find toilets with disabled access and baby changing facilities, beach huts and a public shower. Close by are cafés, ice cream sellers and amusement arcades.
Lifeguards are on duty from mid-May to mid-September.
There is also a lifeboat station and a first aid point.
Dogs are banned from the main part of beach between 1 May and 30 September.
Places worth a closer look in and around Cromer: