A Day Out in Cromer
Published date: November 2018
The north Norfolk coastal town of Cromer is located 23 miles north of Norwich and is a popular seaside destination, attracting a vast number of visitors from the UK and further afield each year. Renowned for its world-famous Cromer Crab, there are plenty of restaurants and fishmongers in the town where this can be sampled. Its beautiful beaches, historic pier and Seaside Special Show are just some of the reasons people visit this Norfolk town; with so many things to see and do, you may need to spend more than a day in Cromer to see all its highlights.
This Grade II listed seaside pier is home to Cromer RNLI Lifeboat and the Pavilion Theatre. The pier is accessible on foot and the lifeboat station at the end of the pier is open to visitors and well worth a visit. It is free to enter, but donations are most welcome. Cromer Pavilion Theatre hosts a variety show during the summer months and other events, shows and performances throughout the year. For a small town, Cromer certainly knows how to put on a show. The pier is a popular crabbing destination, with organised crabbing competitions being held each year. You may however prefer to purchase a world-famous Cromer Crab from one of the fishmongers in town!
This sand and shingle beach is popular for swimming, surfing and kayaking and is backed by low sandy cliffs. Crab boats launch from the beach at Cromer and part of the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, indicated by the red and yellow flags. Dogs are not allowed on sections of Cromer beach between 1 May and 30 September and these areas are clearly signposted.
Now an automated lighthouse, it is made up of two self-catering holiday cottages, the Link and Valonia. Located one mile from the town centre, the holiday cottages attract golfers, being adjacent to the Royal Cromer 18-hole golf course.
Cromer coastal path
Cromer to Overstrand and Cromer to East Runton are popular coastal walks. Either walks offer two options, along the beach (tide permitting) or along the cliff top.
Cromer Town Centre
There are many good independent cafes, restaurants and pubs in Cromer, offering a wide variety of fare. You will also find a wide selection of shops in the town, both independent retailers and high street brands.
The Red Lion
This is a dog-friendly pub overlooking the sea, with great food served all day.
Is a popular fish and chip restaurant and takeaway and their Upstairs at No 1 offers an interesting and varied menu and is owned by renowned chef, Galton Blackiston.
1 New St, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HP
Sells great coffee and cakes, as well as light lunches.
43 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HH
Cromer Indian on the Cliff
Cromer Indian on the Cliff is open in the evenings, Thursday – Saturday and serves authentic Indian food.
2 Brook St, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EY
Browne’s on Bond Street
Serve great breakfasts and lunches, including the famous Cromer crab sandwich and crab salad.
5 Bond St, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9DA
Café Main serve great breakfasts and lunches and are renowned for their excellent selection of gluten free food. They also serve Cromer crab salad and have a dog friendly area.
50 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HH
Located in the centre of town, Cromer Church has a tower roughly 50m (160 feet) high and, on a clear day, the view from the top is quite something. There are steep, narrow, spiral steps (170+) to climb, but it is currently closed during the winter months. It will be reopening Easter weekend 2019. There is a nominal fee for climbing the tower, £2 adults and £1 children 5-17.
Coffee and cake
North Lodge Park Tearoom, next to the small boating lake and just a couple of minutes’ walk from the town sells excellent homemade cakes, crepes, scones and sausage rolls and great coffee. Run by volunteers, there is seating inside and out and the profits go towards the upkeep of the park.
Overstrand Rd, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0AH
There are 200 animals to see at Amazona Zoo in Cromer and visitors can get up close and personal with Brazilian wild animals or learn some interesting facts about South America in the zoo’s educational Yurt. There is a soft play area, Jungle Tumbles, where the younger visitors (under 12s) can play.
Hall Rd, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9JG
Henry Blogg Museum
This free to enter museum in Cromer celebrates the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history. Henry Blogg served for 53 years on Cromer’s lifeboats and along with other crew members he carried out 387 rescues, saving over 873 lives. He was awarded many honours and remains the most decorated person in RNLI history. Located at the end of Cromer’s promenade, the museum is worth a visit if you are passing by, as is the Rocket House Café, just above the museum.
Henry Blogg Museum, The Rocket House, The Gangway, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ET
Regal Movieplex Cromer is a small multiscreen cinema showing the latest releases.
2-4 Hans Place, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EQ
Traditional bakeries are becoming a thing of the past, so this gem in Cromer is worth a visit. Bond Street Bakery sells freshly baked breads, pies, cakes and pastries.
2 Bond St, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9DA
Cromer’s Sticky Earth Café
A place where you can get creative in a friendly, relaxed and spacious setting. Fun for all the family, and no artistic talent is required. Choose to make a keepsake, gift or something practical and decorate it to your liking. Activities include: pottery painting, decopatch, t-shirt printing, canvas painting and foot and hand printing. A great place to visit on a rainy day.
15 Church Street, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9ES
Cromer Golf Course
Royal Cromer Golf Club allows non-members to play on its 18-hole golf course. Originally designed by Tom Morris, it is considered one of the best cliff-top courses in England. Enjoy a round of golf whilst taking in the spectacular views of the north Norfolk coastline.
145 Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0JH
Cromer Pitch ‘n’ Putt
Cromer Pitch ‘n’ Putt - a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course. Open daily throughout the summer and on weekends during colder months, weather permitting.
Meadow Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9EF
Cromer Putting Green
The putting green is open daily throughout the summer and on weekends during colder months, weather permitting.
The Marrams, Runton Rd, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9AS