Cromer Pier

East Anglia Spotlight: Cromer, Norfolk

Cromer, one of the gems of the Norfolk coast, is as delightful for modern-day holidaymakers as it was for Victorian and Edwardian tourists. It's location also makes it an ideal base for exploring more of North Norfolk.

Cromer Town and Beach

Cromer Town and Beach

A classic Norfolk seaside town of Cromer is situated on a cliff top, overlooking fine sandy beaches and was developed by the late Victorians into a holiday resort due to its 'healthy breezes'. Cromer church dominates the town and has the tallest tower in Norfolk. The streets and alleys are crammed with shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes to explore.

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Cromer Pier

Cromer Pier

The construction of Cromer's famous pier began under Queen Victoria, but it opened in 1901 soon after her death, and despite bad damage over the years has survived thanks to its hardy engineering. It's an unspoilt pier, with none of the droning sounds of amusements, and where the only dancing lights are to be found in the Pavilion Theatre - home to the country's only remaining traditional end-of-the-pier variety show, the sell-out Seaside Special. Cromer Pier also houses the town's lifeboat station, and families can enjoy crabbing along its deck while fishermen cast long lines from dawn to dusk.

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Its surfing season at Glide Surf School!

It has been said that the best surfer out on the waves is the one having the most fun and we think fun is guaranteed at Glide Surf School! Whether you fancy stand up paddle boarding when the sea is like a mill pond or a surfing lesson when those waves whip up, head to Cromer. Book your session now with lessons starting April 1st. 

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Rainy Day Idea: Museums

Cromer Museum

Cromer is home to two museums in the town which look back at the centuries of working life. Cromer Museum, housed in a row of fishermen's cottages adjacent to the 14th Century Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, displays local history as well as geology and archaeology. While the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum (which takes its name from the RNLI's most decorated lifeboatman, a revered son of Cromer) charts the town's proud lifesaving heritage.

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What to Eat: Cromer Crab

Cromer Crab

In the early morning crab boats pull up on the sand bringing in Cromer's famous crab. The chalk shelf and nutrient-rich waters of Cromer make for a particularly flavoursome, tender and fragrant brown crab.

You will find plenty of restaurants and cafes in the town showcasing Cromer crab. Freshy caught that day and freshly dressed, with a squeeze of lemon, mayonnaise and seasoned with black pepper Cromer crab makes for the most delicious sandwich! 

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