It may be home to the very last surviving ‘end of the pier’ theatre in the UK, but Cromer’s old-fashioned vibe doesn’t extend to the dining scene. The winding ribbon of streets in this coastal town contain some of the finest bistros, cafés and, of course, fish and chips in Norfolk.

Sandcastle rating

Top notch. Expect huge swathes of butterscotch-yellow sands.

Surf’s up

Glide Surf School offers surf and paddleboarding lessons. The sea is safe for swimming; just make sure to avoid the spots under the pier.

Don’t miss

Bag an upstairs window table at No.1 Cromer with its addictive ‘popcorn cockles’ and Instagram-worthy views.


Pay a visit to Henry’s Coffee and Tea Store (07881 943 770) to savour one of the saffron and black pudding-infused sausage rolls made by chef and Cromer lifeboat worker Charlie Hodson.

Rest sun-kissed limbs

The suburban exterior of Virginia Court Hotel hides immense rooms with flock retro wallpaper and clawfoot baths.

Great value train fares

Avoid the hassle of driving, parking and car park charges by taking the train. There are many Off-Peak fares which are really good value. What's more you can save as a group with Groupsave. A third off when you travel as a group or 3 or more.

Visit Cromer

Sample the world famous Cromer crabs this summer by booking your train today. Remember the earlier you book, the more you save.