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Coast: Norfolk beaches

Cromer Pier by Martin Pearce
Cromer Pier by Martin Pearce

Beach guide: Cromer

Fancy some sea air, a cracking summer show and a bag of chips? Then head for Cromer - there is more to this place than just crabs!

Fact file

  • The annual Cromer Carnival is held in August.
  • The Cromer End-of-Pier Show continues until mid-September.
  • Dogs are banned from the main part of beach between 1 May and 30 September.
  • Pay & display parking is available near the beach.

The sand and shingle beach backs on to the North Norfolk cliffs. Rock pools are revealed at low tide. The lifeboat launches from the end of the pier.

Cromer is a popular destination for families and it is ideal for swimming. The beach is also a popular place to go surfing, due to its consistency and shelter, which is provided by the pier.

Pier and beach

The Victorians made Cromer a popular resort and many of the buildings date back to that period. The town has expanded rapidly during the last 50 years.

The beach is managed by North Norfolk District Council and is one of seven beaches in the county to feature in the Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide for 2005.

On the seafront you will find toilets, beach huts (there’s a waiting list if you want to buy) and a public shower.

Close by are cafés, ice cream sellers and amusement arcades.

Cromer's sandy beach by Martin Pearce
Cromer's sandy beach by Martin Pearce

There's a promenade together with a pier housing a theatre and gardens. The town centre shops are nearby.

You can take a pleasant walk along the cliff-tops to the lighthouse.

Lifeguards are on duty from the spring bank holiday weekend in May to the end of the school summer holidays, in September.

There is also a lifeboat station and a first aid point.

Disabled access

Toilets for people with disabilities are available.

There are some ramps on to the beach but the level of the beach is constantly changing, so these may not always be usable.

Blue badge holders have access to car parking on the promenade (pay and display) and there is limited on street parking and pay and display on the cliff top and in town.

last updated: 20/06/05
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