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Great Yarmouth

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Great Yarmouth is in the county of Norfolk, in the United Kingdom.

Understand[edit]

Great Yarmouth seafront.

Great Yarmouth is a long established English seaside town (since the 1700s) situated at the mouth of the River Yare, about 120 miles 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 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 currently 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.

Over the past few years, 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.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

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. Great Yarmouth railway station on Wikipedia Great Yarmouth railway station (Q280999) on Wikidata

By plane[edit]

  • Norwich International airport, with connecting flights from Amsterdam, is about 45 minutes' drive away.

By bicycle[edit]

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.

On foot[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Great Yarmouth

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 cetnre, 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 newly 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.

See[edit]

A Surviving Tower, Great Yarmouth
Anna Sewell's House
Breydon Bridge1

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. Twenty miles or so to the South is Southwold, an upmarket resort.

Do[edit]

Great Yarmouth's Holiday Mile

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. Both 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 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.

Buy[edit]

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, +44 1493 330272. M 07:30-00:00. Tu-F 24h. Sa 00:00-22:00. Su 10:00-16:00. Petrol station, pharmacy, ATMs
  • 2 Co-Op (Foodstore), 26 Beresford Road, New Town, NR304AB, +44 1493 842104. Daily 07:00-22:00.
  • 3 Docwra Rock Shop (Candy store), 13 Regent Rd, NR30 2AF, +44 1493 844676. 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, +44 1493 330313. M-Sa 08:00-21:00. Su 10:00-16:00. Cafe (different hours), ATMs

Eat[edit]

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, +44 1493 856859.
  • 2 Bombay Nite (Indian Restaurant), 25a King St, NR30 2NZ, +44 1493 331383. Free delivery locally on orders over £15.
  • 3 The Courtyard, Row 75, Howard St South, NR30 2PU, +44 1493 330622. Tu-Sa 12:00-14:00 & 19:00-21:00..
  • 4 The Dining Room (Bistro), 68 Marine Parade, NR30 2DQ, +44 1493 842740. M-F 09:00-16:00. Sa Su 09:00-17:00.
  • 5 Harry Ramsden’s (Fish Restaurant), 11-12 Marine Parade, NR30 3AH, +44 1493 330444. Daily 11:30-20:00.
  • 6 The Imperial Hotel (Restaurant & hotel), North Drive, NR30 1EQ, e-mail: . has a good French-influenced restaurant
  • 7 Sara’s Tearooms, The Pleasure Beach Gardens, South Beach Parade, NR30 3EH, +44 1493 845546, e-mail: .
  • 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), +44 1493 332932. Daily 08:00-0:00. is 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.), +44 1493 843490, e-mail: . 6pm-9pm. Restaurant serving modern food, a good spot for a romantic break. £20.

Drink[edit]

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 actually turned in to a fun place to be on a Saturday night), The Long Bar, Angels Strip Club and the Ocean Rooms.

Sleep[edit]

There's such a range of holiday accommodation in Great Yarmouth you'll be spoilt for choice...

Stay Healthy[edit]

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