Best Beaches in Norfolk; Cromer Beach, Gem of the North Norfolk Coast

By Fabulous • Discover

The pristine sands, lush green cliffs, graceful Victorian buildings and Pier make it a truly fabulous place to visit, often referred to as the Gem of the Norfolk coast.

Whether you’re a seasoned beach lover or a first-time visitor, Cromer town and beach offers something for everyone.

Nestled along the picturesque coast of Norfolk, Cromer is a charming seaside town that captivates visitors with its timeless allure. Known for its beautiful sandy beach, Cromer captures perfectly the quintessential British seaside experience.

Cromer beach: Exploring this popular gem on the North Norfolk coast

With a rich history dating back centuries, this town has evolved into a beloved destination, offering a perfect blend of family-friendly attractions, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Cromer’s iconic pier, which stretches gracefully over the North Sea, stands as a testament to its enduring popularity, while the town’s warm and welcoming community adds to its unique charm. Whether you’re seeking relaxation by the sea, exploring the town’s history, or indulging in its delectable seafood, Cromer has something to enchant every visitor.

As you stroll along the thriving promenade, you’ll be mesmerised by the charming Victorian architecture and the famous Cromer Pier, a must-visit attraction that has stood the test of time.

From exploring the quirky, local shops and cafes to sampling the fabulous Cromer Crabs, there is no shortage of experiences to immerse yourself in at Cromer. The friendly locals and vibrant community make Cromer a welcoming destination all year round.

So grab your bucket and spade, and join us on a journey to discover the beauty and charm of Cromer, your family friendly haven on the North Norfolk Coast.

Cromer at sunset in winter
// Dramatic sunset skies at Cromer

Cromer beach, why you should visit:

From its golden sands and striking cliffs to the iconic Cromer Pier, this coastal town exudes a timeless appeal that promises a perfect escape for those seeking relaxation, natural beauty, and a taste of traditional British seaside charm. Discover the allure of Cromer beach through our top five reasons why this coastal gem deserves a spot on your must-visit bucket list:

  • Cromer Pier: Cromer Pier is a Grade II listed, 151 metres long traditional Victorian pier. Home to the Cromer Lifeboat Station and the Pavilion Theatre, which hosts a variety of shows throughout the year. The pier is also a popular tourist destination, offering stunning views of the North Sea and Cromer Beach.
  • Family-friendly fun: Cromer Beach exudes a vibrant atmosphere that appeals to visitors of all ages, especially families. Children can enjoy delightful activities such as crabbing, rock pooling, and the amusements on the iconic Cromer Pier, ensuring endless entertainment for everyone.
  • Seafood haven: When you visit Cromer Beach, don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the freshest seafood in town. Renowned for its Cromer crab, local eateries and seafood stalls offer a delectable array of oceanic delights, allowing you to savour the true flavours of the coast.
  • Historical charm: Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history of Cromer by paying a visit to the RNLI lifeboat station, where you can learn about the heroic efforts of lifeboatman Henry Blogg. Alternatively, explore the fascinating Henry Blogg Museum or take a guided heritage walk through the town, uncovering its storied past.
  • Quintessential seaside experience: Cromer Beach epitomises the quintessential British seaside experience, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway by the sea. Whether you’re lounging on the shore, enjoying fish and chips on the promenade, or simply soaking in the coastal ambiance, Cromer offers a timeless seaside charm that’s hard to resist.

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// Walk the Norfolk coast path from Cromer…

Cromer beach; your questions answered

However you enter Cromer you wont be able to miss the sea. The beach is long and extensive and located at the base of cliffs however worry not, access is not an issue either by foot or car. Most visitors park in the town and walk down to the beach promenade and beach where there are cafe’s, arcades and plenty to keep everyone busy, entertained and refreshed.

There is free side street parking subject to availability with plenty of pay and display carparks all over the town. While you cannot drive and park right next to the beach, disabled permit holders have access to limited spaces right on the prom.

Toilet and shower facilities at Cromer beach during the summer months are plentiful and located right on the prom, great for rinsing off the kids after a day playing in the sand. During low season these are more limited. There are toilets open all year round at the entrance to Cromer Pier and various other spots, you certainly wont be caught short.

Dogs are allowed all year round on Cromer Beach subject to certain restrictions. These apply between 1st May to 30th September to the main area left of Cromer Pier and well sigh posted however walk along the prom in either direction and you’ll soon discover plenty of open space for you and your pooch to enjoy. You can even take your pooch onto Cromer Pier where you’ll find a special doggy watering station.

Cromer beach is very family and child friendly and the first choice of holiday destination for many families, year after year. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer months, which is great for you, particularly if you have children. Cromer beach has amazing stretches of beautiful sand, plenty of room to play, walk and build sandcastles. There’s also a fab, little fun fair on the promenade in the summer.

The beach is large, therefore there is plenty of room for everybody. The busy areas are closer to the town, so this is where most people congregate, especially those wanting to eat their fish and chips with a view. But for those seeking a more serene and secluded experience, a brief walk down the beach reveals pockets of tranquility away from the crowds.

Cromer boasts a large, gently shelving beach, its expanse of beautiful sandy shores attracts swimmers of all kinds, regardless of the temperature. The beach’s waters provide an enchanting setting for a refreshing swim, making it an absolute haven for water enthusiasts of every strength.

Cromer Beach is patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards. There are two Lifeguard Stations, one each on Cromer East Beach and Cromer West Beach.

Cromer East Beach:
Daily 29 April-10 September with patrol times between 10am-6pm.

Cromer West Beach:
Daily 01 July-03 September with patrol times between 10am-6pm>

While it is possible to catch a glimpse of seals at Cromer, such sightings are not very common.

To help plan your visit and stay safe, take a look at the tide times at Cromer beach on the Tideschart website>

What is the all important weather like for your visit to Cromer beach? Stay up to date on the BBC weather website >

How do I stay safe on the beach?

Check the tide times before your visit, follow the safety signs on the beach. Don’t use inflatables at sea. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

Luxury holiday cottage in Cromer North Norfolk
// Sea view home in Cromer

Norfolk holiday cottages, homes & hideaways near Cromer beach

Nestled in the picturesque landscape surrounding Cromer town and beach, a treasure trove of holiday cottages, homes, and Norfolk hideaways awaits those seeking an unforgettable seaside escape. These charming self catering Norfolk homes offer the perfect retreat, whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or seeking a romantic getaway.

For those traveling with furry friendsdon’t worry – there’s a fantastic selection of dog-friendly Norfolk holiday cottages, ensuring that every member of the family can join in the fun.

Here’s a selection of nearby, popular holiday destinations to help get you started:

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