The beach at Great Yarmouth
With its vast, sandy beach, elegant piers and wealth of old-fashioned amusements, there’s no wonder Great Yarmouth has been one of England’s most popular resorts for centuries.
Great Yarmouth is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles east of Norwich. It’s a lively town, with two elegant piers and all the rides, arcades and entertainment you would expect from a quintessentially British day by the sea. The beach is undoubtedly one of the town’s most popular attractions, with miles of golden sand and plenty of activities, including donkey rides, bouncy castles and boat trips.
A trip to Great Yarmouth would be incomplete without a wander along Britannia Pier, which features fairground rides, arcades, plenty of places to eat and drink and a renowned performance venue. Also well worth a visit is Wellington Pier, which opened in 1853 and features a bowling alley and casino. Great Yarmouth church
In and around Great Yarmouth, you’ll find an impressive variety of award-winning restaurants, welcoming cafés and traditional pubs. Café Cru is renowned for its simple, delicious food. Another good option is The Pier Restaurant, in nearby Gorleston-on-Sea, where you can enjoy locally sourced, seasonal dishes, accompanied by magnificent sea views. Alternatively, try Sea Chef, on Britannia Pier, a relaxed establishment known for its excellent fish and chips. For a pint of local ale and a variety of classic dishes, check out the King’s Arms, a welcoming, family-run pub with a nice beer garden just a stone’s throw from Market Place. Another Great Yarmouth favourite is The Marine on the Golden Mile, where you can expect a lively atmosphere and evening entertainment throughout the summer months. If you’re after a slice of homemade cake or a light lunch, look no further than Sara’s, one of Great Yarmouth’s traditional tearooms.
Great Yarmouth is a fun place for a night out. Don’t miss the famous Hippodrome Circus, which was built in 1903. It’s now the country’s last stand-alone circus building and hosts spectacular productions, featuring some of the world’s best performers. Alternatively, head to Yarmouth Stadium for an evening of greyhound racing, which takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The stadium also hosts fast and furious banger racing events during the summer months.
“With its vast, sandy beach, elegant piers and wealth of old-fashioned amusements, there’s no wonder Great Yarmouth has been one of England’s most popular resorts for centuries.”
Great Yarmouth is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful countryside of Norfolk, where you can follow paths which pass through ancient woodlands and gentle meadows. Norwich is also nearby and well worth a visit, a fascinating city, packed with stunning architecture and culture. North of Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk coast is dotted with pretty fishing villages and vast, sandy beaches.