It is known as the gem of the North Norfolk coast. But there is more to Cromer's sparkle than its famous pier and crabs

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Cromer sunset

Where is Cromer?
Follow the A140 24 miles north from Norwichuntil it starts getting wet! There are also roads in from the east and west, the A148 and A149 from the Sheringham/Holt and North Walsham directions. And don't forget the trains of the Bittern Line for a scenic, traffic-free alternative.

What to see and do in Cromer
The Gem of the Norfolk Coast, as Cromer is subtitled on its signposts, has been sparkling for generations.

The once quiet fishing town, made fashionable by the spa seeking Georgians and accessible by the Victorian railways, has never looked back as one of the best known traditional bucket and spade resorts in Britain.

Its award-winning beaches are watched over by an impressive pier, whose theatre runs a summer season variety show that is the envy of seaside stages across the country.

Cromer's parish church

Fishing off Cromer pier in front of the town's Victorian seafront

Visitors and locals enjoy the combination of holiday resort and working town, that sees a colourful row of crab boats nestling on a shoreline shared with beachcombers and sandcastle builders.

A few paces away is a lifeboat museum charting the town's seafaring life-saving heroics, and a new lifeboat station stands at the end of the pier.

Many of the men who have manned those boats are from the local fishing fraternity, whose most famous catch is the well-known Cromer crab - a delicacy to be sampled as part of the Cromer experience.

Henry Blogg

Cromer museum is a row of late Victorian fishermen's cottages with displays of local history (fishing, bathing resort) geology, natural history and archaeology. East Cottages, Tucker Street, Cromer NR27 9NB. 01263 513543

Cromer also boasts the region's biggest carnival, which brings tens of thousands of extra visitors in mid August.