Great Yarmouth is a long established English seaside town (since the 1700s) at the mouth of the River Yare, about 120 miles (172 km) to the north east of London. Around 5 million people visit Great Yarmouth every year, making it Britain's third most popular seaside resort. It is about 20 miles (32 km) from Norwich, the nearest city, and close to the Norfolk Broads - a popular network of inland lakes and rivers.
Formerly the home of one of the most lucrative fishing industry and famous for herrings, Great Yarmouth is a bustling and very popular seaside resort. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular attractions is Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, a free-entry theme park, which boasts 28 rides (including the 'Scenic Railway roller coaster', built in 1932) and draws annually 1.5 million visitors. The two piers, Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier, both contain family-orientated entertainment including a Bowling alley (Wellington) and a theatre (Britannia). As well as the usual thrills and spills one would expect on a classic British seafront, Great Yarmouth also has a quieter side, with a fascinating heritage quarter to explore. Not many people know that Great Yarmouth has the most complete city walls after York, with heritage walks to help you discover this medieval attraction along with several museums and houses dating back many centuries. If ghost walks are more your cup of tea, Eerie Tales and Yarmouth Yarns is the tour for you, (+44 1493 846346).
Great Yarmouth is also a centre for the North Sea oil and gas industry and increasingly for offshore wind power. The new outer harbour is a huge development taking place which will see cruise liners and larger ships coming to the town. The Maritime Festival in September each year celebrates Great Yarmouth's maritime heritage.
Yarmouth has seen significant regeneration spending to improve and modernise the popular seafront area and to ensure it is linked to the town centre. Regent Road has a stunning ceiling of light which is illuminated in the evenings and is now a lovely pedestrianed link street leading from town centre to the seafront area.
Illuminations along Marine Parade are also worth an evening stroll, some have been designed by children from local primary schools. Fireworks celebrations run for 6 weeks every Wednesday evening for the six weeks of the school summer holidays when a carnival atmosphere can been enjoyed.
The A47 is a direct route from Norwich or King's Lynn. The road South towards Lowestoft and Ipswich has now been renumbered, was A12, now A47
1 Great Yarmouth Station, Acle New Rd, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1SD. Has a regular service to Norwich via Acle, Blofield and Brundall on The Wherry Line and occasionally trains run to London Liverpool Street. At Norwich you'll find local interconnecting services from Lowestoft, Sheringham and Cromer via Wroxham and intercity services to London Liverpool Street. There are also services from the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland, via Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely. A cross country service from Liverpool, through Manchester, Nottingham and Peterborough also arrives in Norwich where connecting trains to Great Yarmouth are available.
- Norwich International airport, with connecting flights from Amsterdam, is about 45 minutes' drive away.
Regional Cycle Route 30 runs northwards from to town to Sea Palling, Cromer and beyond. National Cycle Route 517 runs southwards from the town to Beccles where it connects with National Cycle route 1 and Regional Cycle Route 31.
- 2 Angles Way. This 93-mile (150-km) long distance footpath runs to the town from Thetford.
- 3 Weavers' Way. This 56-mile (90-km) long distance footpath runs to the town from Cromer.
- Cross Norfolk Trail. This 96-mile (155-km) footpath runs to the town from King's Lynn.
Great Yarmouth has lots of car parking, all clearly signed. It is a common misconception that parking is difficult to find, but this is not actually the case, with many car parks to be found up and down Marine Parade on the sea front and in the town centre, catering for nearly 2000 cars. Prices start from £1.00 per hour in summer. If you do try to park on a side street to avoid paying, make sure you watch out for residents parking areas where a pass is required.
A refurbished and improved Marine Parade includes extra wide pavements and a special slow lane for bicycles and the landau. A widened road with clearly marked crossing areas for pedestrians and several new roundabouts mean that it is now much easier to cruise up and down when finding somewhere to park.
Regular bus and train services are also available.
Yarmouth offers the traditional seaside attractions - crazy golf, amusement arcades, funfairs, etc. There is also a racecourse, greyhound and stock car racing. The beach itself is clean and good for families.
A few miles north of the town, are quieter seaside villages like Winterton, Sea Palling and Waxham. 20 miles (32 km) or so to the south is Southwold, an upmarket resort.
- 1 Elizabethan House Museum, 4 South Quay, NR30 2QH, ☏ , email@example.com.
- 2 Merrivale Model Village, Marine Parade, NR30 3JG, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults £7.99, senior £6.99, child £6.49, under 3 free.
- 3 Nelson Museum, 26 South Quay, NR30 2RG, ☏ , email@example.com. 1 Feb-19 Nov: M-Th 10AM-4PM, F 1PM-4PM, Su 1-4PM. Tells story of seafarer Lord Horatio Nelson (born in Norfolk).
- 4 Row Houses & Greyfriars Cloisters, South Quay, NR30 2RG, ☏ . Adults £4.30, children £2.60, concessions £3.90.
- 5 Somerleyton Hall (Stately home), Lovingland, NR32 5QQ (10 miles S of town.), ☏ (premium), firstname.lastname@example.org. Hall & gardens Tu, Th & Su. Also gardens only W.
- 6 Time and Tide Museum, Blackfriars Road, NR30 3BX, ☏ , email@example.com. 1 Mar-31 Oct: daily 10AM-4:30PM; 1 Nov-31 Mar M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa Su noon-4PM. Great Yarmouth's heritage and history. Housed in a converted Victorian herring curing works.
- 7 Berney Marshes is an RSPB wildlife reserve west bank of the confluence of the Yare and Waveney. It's open 24 hours, free, donations welcome. There's no road access so either walk from Berney Arms station (half a mile) or visit on a boat trip. The windmill is a seven-storey tower, initially used to grind clinker for cement, then switched to pumping for drainage. In 2021 it's derelict and closed.
- Burgh Castle east bank of Berney Marshes is one of the best preserved Roman fortresses in Britain, built in the 3rd century to defend against the Saxons. It's free to view 24 hours.
The Greater Yarmouth area has a variety of interesting and entertaining attractions to enjoy, whether you're on holiday, day-tripping or live in or around Norfolk. Indoor and outdoor activities are available - so, even if it's raining (though East Anglia does enjoy the least rainfall of anywhere in the UK) there's still plenty to keep the visitor occupied.
The borough of Greater Yarmouth has up to 17 miles (25 km) of sandy beach to enjoy. Deck chairs and wind breaks can be hired on the beach in summer. Dog walkers are welcome at North Beach.
Marine Parade hosts a large range of activities, from Joyland to the more sedate Model Village, from the aforementioned Pleasure Beach to Yesterday's World, with something for all age groups.
Yarmouth Hollywood Cinema is well worth a visit. It's the cheapest cinema around and although it only has 5 screens (3 of which are smallish) and isn't exactly the most modern experience; it has character that is often lacking from 'multiplex' cinema chains
- 1 Joyland (Children's Fun Park), Marine Parade, NR30 2EH, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily Mid-Mar to end Sep, Oct weekends, Oct half-term holidays.
- 2 Pirates Cove (Adventure golf), Marine Parade, NR30 2ER, ☏ . £7.50 adults, £6.50 children.
- 3 Pleasure Beach, South Beach Parade, NR30 3EH, ☏ , email@example.com. 9 acres. Rides, roller-coaster, fun-fare, etc. Dogs allowed on a lead and under control.
- 4 RetroSkate (Roller-skating), Marine Parade, NR30 2ER, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 5 Sealife, Marine Parade, NR30 3AH, ☏ . Daily from 10AM. Fun for all ages. Although not cheap, you have all day to explore the large assortment of aquariums including a shark tank with a tunnel passing underneath it.
- 6 TopGun Indoor Paintball, Trafalgar Works, Fenner Rd, NR30 3PS, ☏ .
- 7 The Hippodrome, St. Georges Road Great Yarmouth Norfolk NR30 2EU, ☏ , email@example.com. Dubbed one of the 7 wonders of the British Seaside, The Hippodrome hosts spectacular circus shows of international quality within a building of great beauty and heritage. Not to be missed!
- 8 Wellington Pier, Marine Parade, NR30 3JF, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Amusements, bowling, casino, gift shops, ice cream parlour.
- 9 Town wall, from Rampart Road to Mariners Road. 24×7. For a more cultured diversion, take a 1-hour self-guided walking tour along supposedly the best preserved medieval town wall after York's, with 11 surviving towers along a 1.3-mile route passing through residential, ecclesiastical, commercial and industrial areas from the North West Tower by the river at the end of Rampart Road to the Blackfriars Tower on Mariners Road. The most impressive section with the five-storey South East Tower is along Blackfriars Road between the latter and St Spyridon church. Free.
- 10 Cycling, around Great Yarmouth. 24×7. The Great Yarmouth Cycle Map has several routes of between 7 and 16 miles to neighbouring villages covering various subjects. 4 miles from the town hall is Burgh Castle, a 3rd-century Roman fort with a good view. Lowestoft is 10 miles away along the coast and an off-road trail, passing quaint Gorleston, atmospheric St Margarets ruined church and Ness Point, the easternmost point of Britain. Bring a bike (free with a train ticket but spaces are limited) or rent one.
- GY Arts Festival is next held on 7-17 July 2022.
- Out There Festival is next held on 16-18 Sept 2022.
Many places of genuine interest on Regent Road (including Docwra Rock Shop - see below).
Great Yarmouth puts the fun back into shopping, whether in the high street chain stores, some of the quirky local shops or the more traditional seaside shops. Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays all year and on Fridays as well during the summer months.
For general shopping, Yarmouth is served by Asda next to the train station; Tesco between town centre and the industrial estate and Sainsbury's near Market Gates.
- 1 Asda (Superstore/supermarket), Acle New Road, Runham Vauxhall, NR30 1SF, ☏ . M 7:30AM-midnight, Tu-F 24 hr, Sa midnight-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Petrol station, pharmacy, ATMs.
- 2 Co-Op (Foodstore), 26 Beresford Road, New Town, NR304AB, ☏ . Daily 7AM-10PM.
- 3 Docwra Rock Shop (Candy store), 13 Regent Rd, NR30 2AF, ☏ . The largest rock (the sugary type you can eat) factory in the world. They also make and sell many other types of confectionery, including many types of fudge, chocolate-coated strawberries and even diabetic products.
- 4 Sainsbury's (Superstore/supermarket), St. Nicholas Road, NR30 1NN, ☏ . M-Sa 08AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM. Cafe (different hours), ATMs.
Yarmouth has a long history of chip stalls on the market place near town centre and Market Gates. Several have been there for many many decades offering a delicacy not available anywhere else.
- 1 Anna Sewell House, 26 Whitehorse Plain, NR30 1NE, ☏ .
- 2 Bombay Nite (Indian Restaurant), 25a King St, NR30 2NZ, ☏ . Free delivery locally on orders over £15.
- 3 The Courtyard, Row 75, Howard St South, NR30 2PU, ☏ . Tu-Sa noon-2PM & 7-9PM.
- 4 The Dining Room (Bistro), 68 Marine Parade, NR30 2DQ, ☏ . M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa Su 9AM-5PM.
- 5 Harry Ramsden’s (Fish Restaurant), 11-12 Marine Parade, NR30 3AH, ☏ . Daily 11:30AM-10PM.
- 6 The Imperial Hotel (Restaurant & hotel), North Drive, NR30 1EQ, email@example.com. Has a good French-influenced restaurant.
- 7 Sara’s Tearooms, The Pleasure Beach Gardens, South Beach Parade, NR30 3EH, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8 The Troll Cart (a JD Weatherspoons pub), 7-9 Regent Rd, NR30 2AF (situated at the west end of Regent Road near Market Gates), ☏ . Daily 8AM-midnight. One of the best places to eat in Yarmouth. When they bother to stock the ingredients on the menu (around 50% of the time) it is the best and cheapest place to get a good meal. The Troll Cart stocks a good range of spirits, ales and beer from around the world. Meat free and wheat free options are stated on their menu.
- 9 The Copper Kitchen, 27 - 30 Camperdown (With your back to the Sea Life Center looking down Camperdown, tree lined avenue.), ☏ , email@example.com. 6-9PM. Restaurant serving modern food, a good spot for a romantic break. £20.
When the sun goes down, Great Yarmouth becomes a wonderland of colour as you find your way to a night out on the town to enjoy our theatres, nightclubs, cinemas and casinos.
The Britannia Pier theatre has a varied programme of performance to enjoy.
For fine dining try the Anna Sewell restaurant or Café Cru at The Imperial Hotel. Alternatively, Pub on the Prom is a great place to start with a wide menu and a great atmosphere.
Popular clubs in Yarmouth include Caesars, Roseys, Kings Wine Bar, Arena, Fantasia, Peggotys, the Gari/Tabu/Gaping-Hole-In-The-Ground (after several incarnations this one has turned in to a fun place to be on a Saturday night), The Long Bar, Angels Strip Club and the Ocean Rooms.
- 1 The Barking Smack (Bar), 16 Marine Parade, NR30 3AH, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2 The Dock Tavern, Dock Tavern Lane, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6PY, ☏ . Free Wi-Fi.
- 3 The Kings Arms (Pub), 229 Northgate St, NR30 1BG, ☏ , email@example.com. Bar: M Tu noon-10PM, W 11AM-11PM, Th noon-11PM, F Sa noon-midnight, Su noon-10PM. Food: M-F noon-2:30PM & 5-9PM, Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-5PM. Also food.
- 4 The Marine Pub, 15 Marine Parade, NR30 3AH, ☏ .
- 5 Mocha (Coffee lounge), 34 Regent St, ☏ (mobile). M-Sa 9AM-3PM. Mocha is a coffee lounge and café by day offering cooked to order breakfasts and lunches.
- 6 Munchies Cafe, 2 North Drive, NR30 4ET, ☏ (mobile), firstname.lastname@example.org. Also food, deck chair hire.
There's such a range of holiday accommodation in Great Yarmouth you'll be spoilt for choice.
- 1 Andover House Hotel, 27-30 Camperdown, NR30 3JB (Tree Lined Avenue Camperdown, opposite the Sea Life Centre), ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM (weekdays), 11AM (weekends). This hotel in Great Yarmouth has 3 AA stars, and a fine dining restaurant with 2* AA rosettes. Exclusively for adults (over 13 years). 27 plush rooms ranging from single to superior with a king size bed, renovated with a bar and outdoor terrace. £69-109.
- 2 Caravan Holidays Hopton, Warren Road, NR31 9BW (Hopton Holiday Village is signposted on the A12 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, follow the signs to Hopton.), ☏ 0845004829 (non-geographic number), firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. 2- and 3-bedroom privately owned static caravans for hire, all offering linen and towels in the price on Hopton Holiday Village. from £50/night..
- 3 Hotel Victoria, Kings Road, NR30 3JW, ☏ , email@example.com.
- 4 Marine House (Hotel & B&B), 81 Marine Parade, NR30 2DJ, ☏ . Very friendly guest house, with a very reasonably priced bar room. Situated on the sea front close to Britannia pier. Also the best breakfast offered in the town. £20 per person per night.
- 5 Marine Lodge Hotel, 19-20 Euston Rd, NR30 1EB, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Swimming pool. Bar. Dining room.
- 6 [formerly dead link] Sunnyside B&B, 10 Wellesley Rd, NR30 2AR, ☏ , email@example.com. £40-54.
- 7 The Swiss Cottage, 31 North Drive, NR30 4EW, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. AA 4*.
- St Annes Hotel, 7 Norfolk Square, NR30 1EE, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 10:30AM. In a quiet location of Great Yarmouth, though only 200 yards from the seafront and a 5-min walk into town. Double, twin & family rooms available.
- 1 Nearest Accident & Emergency: James Paget University Hospital, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, NR31 6LA (5 miles S of town centre.). 24/7.
- 2 East Norfolk Medical Practice (GP or Primary Healthcare), 147 Lawn Avenue, NR30 1QP, ☏ . M 8:30AM-6:30PM, Tu W 8:30AM-19:30PM, Th F 8:30AM-6:30PM.
- 3 John G. Plummer (Dentist), Greyfriars Chambers, 8 Queen Street, NR30 2QP, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F 8:30AM-5PM.
- 4 Well (Pharmacy), 57-58 King Street, NR30 2PW, ☏ . M-F 9AM-18:30PM, Sa 9AM-1PM.
As of June 2022, Great Yarmouth has 4G from EE, Three and Vodafone, and 5G from O2.
- Lowestoft — a quiet coastal town in neighbouring Suffolk.
- Norwich — a two-cathedral city, Norwich is the capital city of Norfolk.
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