Great Yarmouth is an ancient town which for centuries has been an important centre for the fishing industry. Nowadays, it is a popular seaside resort with miles of sandy beach, attractive gardens and a huge variety of traditional seaside entertainment and amusement. There is still a busy commercial harbour and a section of the medieval town still survives, despite heavy bombing during WW2. The old houses were crowded into narrow alleyways called rows and a few of these can still be seen in the Heritage Quarter. The South Quay area features a number of museums, showcasing the town's past. In the 19th Century, the arrival of the railway brought visitors to the town from the major cities and there was even a regular steamer service from London Bridge in season! This brought a massive increase in visitor numbers and the facilities available in the town. There is a mile long promenade strip with numerous tourist attractions, gambling amusements, restaurants and bars. The top attractions of Great Yarmouth are the miles of sandy beach, the Britannia Pier and the rides of the Pleasure Beach. During the summer months, various events are staged including weekly firework displays.
Cromer is a classic North Norfolk seaside town, situated on a cliff-top overlooking fine sandy beaches. Cromer Pier has survived despite bad damage over the years and is a traditional seaside pier with a Lifeboat Station and Pavilion Theatre, which still stages end of pier shows. Cromer was developed into a significant resort by the late Victorians, when healthy breezes were sought rather than sun-drenched sands. Cromer church dominates the town as it has the tallest tower in Norfolk. The streets and alleys are crammed with shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. The fishing industry may have declined, but Cromer crabs are still as famous as ever with fishing boats, launched from the beach in season, tending to hundreds of crab pots. Cromer also contains a number of museums including the Lifeboat Museum and the Cromer Museum. The Cromer Carnival is held every summer and is great event for all the family. Not far from Cromer is Felbrigg Hall, one of the finest 17th-century country houses in East Anglia and owned by the National Trust. Finally, Amazona Zoo, a South American themed zoo on the outskirts of Cromer, a 10 acre site full of animals such as Jaguar, Monkeys and Flamingo.
Hickling is a great place to base your holiday in Norfolk as it is close to both the Norfolk Broads and the Norfolk Coast. The village is spread out and split into two main parts, Hickling Heath and Hickling Green. Hickling Heath is on the edge of Hickling Broad (the largest of the Norfolk Broads) and has a staithe, private moorings and a pub (Pleasure Boat Inn). Hickling Green is mainly residential, but well worth a visit as it has a pub (The Greyhound), church and many pretty cottages. Nearby, there is a large nature reserve, which consists of marked paths, observation tower and viewing platforms.