What visit to the coast is complete without getting stuck into a book?
Primarily famed for its pristine Victorian Pier and fossil rich shoreline, Cromer is also a haven for literature
Resided in and written about by Oscar Wilde, John Taylor and our local celebrity Stephen Fry, Cromer has been
offering inspiration for writing talents for centuries. It is rumoured that Arthur Conan Doyle based his The
Hound of the Baskervilles novel upon Cromer Hall, inspired by the frightening Norfolk legend of Black Shuck,
before locating his novel to be set in Dartmoor. Cromer’s enchanting coastline clearly leaves an impression
Jane Austen even remarks in her novel Emma that, Cromer “is the best of all the sea-bathing places”. Maybe
there is something in the water?
Cromer is home to a handful of wonderful bookshops. Whether you are after a second-hand book to take
home with you, or a brand-new hardback of the latest novel, Cromer will not disappoint.
Below are some bookshops in and around Cromer that we’d recommend a visit to if you’re staying in the area.
Bookworms of Cromer on New Street, Bookworms is a quaint little shop packed with antiquarian books and is a stone’s throw from the sea.
Open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00.
Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.
It is advised you ring before travelling. 01263 515078.
Much Binding is a family-run bookshop boasting an assortment of literary delights. From fiction to non-fiction,
first editions, out-of-print books and popular contemporary titles.
Open Monday to Saturday 11:00-17:00.
It is advised you ring before travelling. 01263 517194.
Slightly further inland from Cromer, there is the grand estate of Felbrigg Hall. There is a wonderful second-
hand bookshop which stocks literature from most genres, the books are donated by visitors from all over the
world making the book selections rich and varied.
Although parking is to be paid for, entrance to the bookshop and the nearby tea room is free.
While you’re there, be sure to check out the Gothic library in the hall itself. The collection has approximately
5, 000 books with the oldest hardback dating back to 1509. It is said to be haunted by former resident William
Windham III, still obsessed with reading his books…
For over a century, Jarrold has been at the heart of Cromer. Carrying a large range of books, stationery, gifts,
toys and local publications; this bookshop is suitable for visitors of all ages.
Open Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 17:30.
Shiloah Books, also on Church Street,
Along the main shopping street, you’ll find Shiloah Books which specialises in Christian literature. You can
choose from a range of Bibles, and other Christian books can be ordered upon request, ideal if you’ll staying in
the area for a while. There is also a great stock of second-hand books in varying genres, gifts, diaries and
Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 16:30.
The Discount Book & Jigsaw Co. on Tucker Street.
Family run or over 25 years, the Discount Book & Jigsaw Co. stocks popular paperback and puzzles. Although
this second-hand book shop doesn’t specialise in one genre and it remains a ‘shop for all’, there is an ever-
growing collection of books that would whet the appetite of any railway or war-book lover.
Nestled just behind the church you’ll find a treasure trove for adults and children alike.
Open Monday to Saturday 09:00-17:00.
With plenty of ‘Cromerian’ bookshops to indulge in, I’m sure you’ll find literature of your liking that you can
enjoy whilst staying here at our wonderful Red Lion Hotel.
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