Why you should pick Cromer as your holiday destination

If you're wondering where to stay on the north Norfolk coast, then you may like to look into Cromer. Cromer is a hugely popular, traditional seaside town with a great range of activities of all ages. Here are some of our top picks...

Things to do in Cromer

Choosing Cromer as your holiday destination is a great choice as it's a traditional seaside town with a great range of activities of all ages. Here are some of our top picks...


What is there to do in Cromer with your family?

If family fun is what you're after then Cromer has a huge choice of arcades, seaside activities, wide sandy beaches, a zoo and much more. Is there anything more enjoyable than being by the sea and playing on a 2p machine? We think not, it's one of the best childhood traditions.

A zoo is a great day out that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Amazona zoo is close to the town centre and has a good variety of animals from reptiles to big cats. It really is Cromer’s hidden treasure, perfect for entertaining your monkeys

Don’t worry if it’s raining, there are plenty of indoor activities including a cinema and a pottery painting café that you can visit.

Cromer has a rich history when it comes to fishing and lifeboats, with not one but 2 museums in the town. There is the RNLI Henry Bloggs Museum which focuses on the life of the local lifeboat and then there is Cromer Museum, this one covers history of the local area. This is a great place for a day out, interesting and educational.

The vast sandy beaches make for a great place for a walk, sandcastle building and relaxing. In 2021 the famous artist Banksy visited the area and sprayed their artwork on a sea wall, making Cromer a sudden hot spot for art and new installations. Across the beach the pier stands strong, it’s over 110 years old and it is the only pier left in Europe which has a show at the end, we highly recommend visiting. 

But let's not forget why you probably chose Cromer in the first place, the beaches. There are plenty of amazing family friendly beaches nearby- you may like to check out our blog listing our favourites.


Where should we eat?

Now if you're anything like us, activities revolve highly around where to eat. Cromer has an abundance of great independent places to eat and drink. If you're thinking of casual beachside fish and chips then the best in town has to be both Mary Janes, which was established in 1977 and No 1 which is another traditional fish and chip shop by the sea.

The area is home of the famous Cromer crab and therefore seafood is a real favourite amongst the pubs and cafes, seafood platters from places such as Hot Rocks are a great choice.

Another, somewhat busy, alternative is The Bucket List on Hamilton Road. Think buckets of chips covered in a range of toppings and sauces, a firm favourite with children and teenagers. 

If you're a foodie then you certainly won't be disappointed here!



If you're thinking about booking a trip in the summer then you may like to time it around their annual carnival week which is hugely popular with both tourists and residents! There is a week-long schedule of a plethora of events, challenges, fun accumulating in a fireworks display. You also don't want to miss out on the main carnival day which always falls on the first Wednesday of August. Carnival week really is the best time to visit Cromer if you're looking for lots to do.


And the rest...

When it comes to shopping, there are some amazing smaller shops and businesses in the town. There are hidden treasures such as Little Gems, a little stone and gem shop. Antique shops and galleries, traditional seaside towns, curious shops and more. If you choose to stay in Cromer then we're positive you will find plenty to see, do and eat/drink.


If you're wanting to stay in Cromer then a self-catering holiday cottage is always a safe bet, and one you will love. We hope you have found this guide to the area useful and we hope to see you visiting soon!



The Norfolk Cottage Agency team


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