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Cromer - the new seaside capital of north norfolk?

Published: 24/02/2021

You don’t need us to tell you that North Norfolk is full of beautiful coastal towns and villages, from Wells-next-the-Sea with its well-known harbour to Sheringham and its heritage steam railway. Each spot is unique and appeals to people for different reasons, so choosing one location to take the top spot is a difficult ask.

However, in a recent episode of BBC’s Escape to the Country, Cromer was named the new seaside ‘capital’ of North Norfolk.

Cromer is a picturesque seaside resort most famous for its pier housing a lifeboat station and Pavilion Theatre and its ‘Cromer crab’. The pier is of Victorian architecture and is home to the UK’s only remaining traditional end of pier variety show, taking place each Summer and Winter.

Not only that, but it also has a great blue flag sandy beach, museums, surfing, an abundance of attractions and a fantastic walk along the Norfolk Coastal Path. The towns streets are packed with shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants, including the critically acclaimed No1 run by Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston. The picturesque coastal town is particularly popular with families who are looking for a traditional seaside holiday.

Close to the shore you will find the Cromer Shoal Chalk Bed, Norfolk's answer to the ‘Britain’s Great Barrier Reef’, formed when dinosaurs existed. It is the longest in the world at 20 miles long and it can be seen by swimming out and snorkeling.

Another unmissable part of the Cromer skyline is the 160 ft tower of its 14th century church, St Peter and Paul, which features a vast number of stained glass windows commemorating Cromer’s lifeboat crew.

No matter what the time of year, Cromer is the perfect place for a beachside holiday. You can enjoy spending time on the family friendly beach, or try your hand at crabbing or taking a scenic walk on the Norfolk Coastal Path.

So, why is Cromer becoming more appealing to buyers?

Paul Newell, manager of our Holt office, says "It comes as no surprise that Cromer is fast becoming the place to live and/or visit on North Norfolk’s glorious coast.

The classic Victorian terrace rows provide an abundance of handsome looking properties that can provide substantial family homes or smaller apartment conversions. The high ceilings, sash windows and highly decorative facades attract many buyers looking for the perfect period residence.

There is also a wide selection of other styles of property to cater for almost every want and desire. Large individual homes with generous plots, low maintenance bungalows with coastal views and new developments with mixed schemes providing homes for every age range.

Cromer’s vibrant town centre is perched looking over the glorious sandy coastline with trendy cafes, independent restaurants, and a wide variety of shops. Cromer’s historic pier is home to the famous ‘Pavilion Theatre’ where acts from all over the country and even the world come to entertain the residents.

Sporting and recreational pursuits can be satisfied by Royal Cromer Golf Club, Cromer Lawn Tennis Club with some of the finest grass courts in the country, Cromer Cricket Club and many other venues. If surfing, paddle boarding or open water swimming is your latest hobby then Cromer is the perfect place to hone your craft.

Cromer train station provides commuting options into the city of Norwich and beyond to many connections including London and this is certainly encouraging a younger crowd to enjoy life on the coast."