The seaside resort town of Cromer Norfolk was on the verge of poverty before it was "discovered" by travelers in the 18th century. These travelers had money to spend and were looking for some place to relax. Because the town was extremely remote at the time it really didn't catch on as a popular tourist hot spot until the late 1800s after the railway connected Cromer and London. After Clement Scott visited and wrote about the town it became the seaside resort destination to go to.
Like with all seaside resorts the place people hit first is, you guessed it, the beach. Why go to a seaside resort town if you're not interested in the sun and sand. Cromer is actually situated on a cliff overlooking the beautiful beach. This well maintained and well manned beach can be reached by steps or ramps and is popular with sun worshipers and families alike. There are several entertainment venues along the beach that the younger crowd will enjoy. There rides and slides at the fun fair located along the beach. For those who are interested in the famous Cromer Crabs the beach is where it's at. Check out the pools left by the retreating tides and you might find some of those succulent world famous crabs.
If you are in the mood to just enjoy the scenery without actually heading down to the beach then you need to check out the Victorian Pier. The current pier was built in 1900, although some form of jetty or pier had been located on that spot since 1391. Here at the pier you can check out not just the view. There is also an enclosed pavilion in which you might catch a show or concert. There is also a lifeboat station located at the end of the pier. Here visitors can view and learn about the history of Cromer and it's lifeboats.
If the lifeboat station, which is a working station, interests you then you should take a trip up the coast a short ways to visit the lifeboat museum. The Henry Blogg Lifeboat Museum gives visitors and opportunity to learn more about lifeboats and about many of the famous heroes from the Norfolk area, the most famous being Mr. Henry Blogg. This museum is interactive and is very family friendly.
There are many other outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay here as well. There is bowling and golfing as well as many shopping and eating opportunities.
Cromer is a town of legends. One of these local legends is that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once stayed in Cromer. During his stay it is said that he heard a legend, the legend of Black Shuck which is a ghost hound. Cromer holds this story of Sir Conan Doyle's hearing of the legend as his inspiration for writing one of the most famous mysteries in all of history, 1902's "The Hound of the Baskerville" featuring his ace sleuth Sherlock Holmes.
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