‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer, England

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More than just crabs

Our second base for our five day ‘Norfolk’ road trip, was in the quaint seaside town of Cromer.

Perched at the top of the Norfolk coastline, this little town hasn’t lost its knotted handkerchief charm.

All quiet on the pier Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Benefit of the doubt

Before we arrived in Cromer, I personally wasn’t sure if this was going to be the ideal place to stay for a couple of nights, but I can now categorically say “I was wrong”.

The pier at dusk, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Cromer’s motto is “Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, which you’ll spot on signs around the town & proud of it, they are.

Gem of the Norfolk Coast, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Promenade

What I particularly liked about Cromer was that it wasn’t too brash. It had the charm of the bucket ‘n’ spade family fun, mixed with the traditional promenading of couples along the pier.

The elegant Cromer Pier, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

The pier which is now Grade II listed stretches out around 500ft into the North Sea and was given a new lease of life in 2013 by the local council. Along the pier, you’ll find the Pavilion Theatre still hosting the customary ‘end-of–the-pier’ entertainment, this is so memorable for me and very traditional with British seaside towns.

Cromer Pier, Norfolk, England, Great Britain

Great Yarmouth which we visited a couple of days earlier still draws in the big names of the 70’s & 80’s.

Crabbing

You couldn’t visit Cromer and not mention the crab.

Cromer Crab, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Cromer used to be a thriving fishing town, but unfortunately, this has depleted over the years. However, it still upholds its reputation for its celebrated local crab, which is still caught and brought in by fishermen’s boats daily.

Boats at dusk, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Amongst the lanes

Strolling around the cobbled lanes of Cromer was really intriguing, you felt like its old charm hadn’t left it.

Unknowing where the narrow lanes would lead you to, or to which little shop you would stumble upon.

Cromer Town, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Sunset over Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

George Skipper

We had seen Mr Skipper’s work in Norwich; he was the architect behind some of the cities iconic buildings including the Royal Arcade and Norwich Union’s head office ‘Surrey House’.

The entrance to the Royal Arcade, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Now we were to discover that he was the brains behind the wonderfully imposing Hotel de Paris, sitting high above the pier commanding the top spot of the cliff top.

Hotel de Paris, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Cromer Lighthouse

A lighthouse has stood at Cromer since 1669, the current one which was built in 1833 stands a ½ mile from the cliff edge. This new lighthouse was built as it was becoming obvious that its predecessor was going to succumbed to the vigours of nature and unfortunately fell into the sea in 1866.

The Lighthouse, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

The light in the present lighthouse stands 275 feet (84m) above sea level. However, it wasn’t until June 1990 that the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation.

Finding the Lighthouse

The lighthouse tower is not open to the public, but you are able to wander around the area below it. We struggled to find signposts for it but found you can drive up to it through Cromer Country Club.

Then there were goats

Who knew….well apparently the herd of eight Bagot goats were brought in to nibble at undergrowth and keep the cliff top vegetation under control.

I had to double take, as it isn’t the usual sight you see in the seaside – donkeys ‘yes’, goats ‘no’.
 
I didn’t like to tell anyone, but I only counted 7.

Do I see goats, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

Has to be done!

We venture passed the goats and down onto the seafront, only to be greeted by a row of colourful little beach huts.

The brightly coloured beach huts, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

We were really lucky with the weather and went for a stroll before we dined on fish ‘n’ chips with lashings of salt & vinegar at ‘No.1 Cromer

Fish 'n' Chips at No1, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK
  • One evening we also ate at the Red Lion, the food was fantastic and if you enjoy your ales this is the place to go.

It could be busy

No.1 Cromer fish & chip shop can get quite busy, so you may have to enjoy the British past-time of queueing.

Where we stayed

Our choice of hotel while we were staying in Cromer, was the Edwardian Cliftonville Hotel, it was in a lovely location along the cliff top with amazing views over the North Sea.

The Cliftonville Hotel, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

I have since found out that the architect George Skipper who I mentioned above, designed the façade of the hotel along with the main staircase, stained glass windows and a Minstrels’ Gallery.

The hotel also had plenty of on-site free parking.

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The front, Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

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About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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‘Gem of the Norfolk Coast’, Cromer, England was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by Janis