Disadvantages Maybe no free maps
|Is it worth visiting?|
Although not technically a tourist attraction, the North Norfolk Information Centre is something that tourists can definitely benefit from. Situated on Louden Road, the information centre is so large that you cannot miss it. The building is environmentally friendly and big and white. This is a building that is far from boring looking though and it stands out completely from everything else in Cromer. I’m not sure that this is completely a good thing though as it does take away from some of the charm that the town has.
An interesting aspect of this information centre is the mix between traditional and contemporary. As you walk in, to your right are rows of tourism brochures. There was so much to look at here that I didn’t know where to begin looking. As well as advertising attractions in Cromer, there are also brochures for Norwich, the whole of Norfolk and even some for London. If you are someone who has never been to Cromer or even Norfolk before then this information centre is the place to start. You can gather a range of ideas about where you want to go and what you want to see as well as being able to pick up some discount vouchers in some of the brochures at the same time.
As well as having this available, the centre provides public internet access with about 10 computers available. When I visited the centre, only 2 of the computers were in use so it doesn’t look like it is ever hard to get onto one. I loved that there were so many computers with the internet available as it means you don’t just have to rely on the brochures for trip ideas. As well as the internet, the centre is a free Wi-Fi hotspot so if you have a laptop or phone with you then you can use this as well.
If you need directions, the staff here are more than happy to help but there are other options as well. The centre has two touch screen computers which are available to access tide timetables, bus timetables, accommodation (in North Norfolk and Nationwide) and council services (both district and county services). Here, you can plan routes of where to go or just to get a more general idea of the area and its surroundings. I didn’t see any actual maps available to take away though which would have been even better.
On the left hand side of the building are public toilets which is a massive bonus. I hate going out somewhere and there not being this facility available. It’s a pain having to go into a pub or café etc. and having to buy something just to use their toilets. These public toilets solve this problem and are only a short walk away from the town centre. They are easily accessible and great if you are out and about in Cromer with children.
The North Norfolk Information Centre is by far the best I have ever been to and if I’m there without friends, I will definitely be using it again.
North Norfolk Information Centre
Tel: 01263 512497
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