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Great Yarmouth a beach resort with a tradition that goes right back to the C18th

Great Yarmouth seafront showing miles of sandy beach © Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Great Yarmouth seafront © Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Great Yarmouth Seafront, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

Great Yarmouth is one of the UK’s top seaside resorts with stunning beaches and a newly revived seafront. It has a fascinating maritime past with a wide range of period architecture. As the beautiful countryside around includes the famous Norfolk Broads, Great Yarmouth is hard to beat as a holiday base. Its coastal location, almost on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, makes it a great base for coach holidays, with both counties easily accessible

Great Yarmouth illuminations © Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Great Yarmouth illuminations © Great Yarmouth Borough Council

The town has a long tradition as a beach resort going right back to the late C18th. The mix that has made it so popular, including all sorts of attractions which welcome group visits, are still going strong today. Happily, the resort’s coast has some of the driest weather in the country, as well as some of the finest beaches. Wide, sandy beaches, rarely affected by high tide or low tide, are a real bonus.

Great Yarmouth Seafront

Marine Parade is the main seafront area. It looks out over golden sands and has two piers, classic seaside tearooms, pubs and restaurants, and attractive gardens and. It’s perfect for group visits to enjoy whatever the weather.

Merrivale Model Village© Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Merrivale Model Village © Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Firm favourites on the seafront include Merrivale Model Village with landscaped gardens. There’s an N gauge train, the Sea Life Centre, themed adventure golf courses and the Pleasure Beach.

In the town

In the town centre, the Market Square has a lively permanent market; there’s also shops and a shopping mall. Just off historic South Quay there are several museums to discover. The award-winning Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth life, focuses on different elements of Great Yarmouth’s fascinating maritime heritage.

As well as museums, guided heritage walks or coach tours are another fascinating way to uncover more about the area. The guides cover the Rows, fishwives and red herrings, circus, clowns and catastrophe, roman revelations. The Rows are what is left of over a hundred rows of buildings that were here from the middle ages. World War II bombing destroyed most of them. Today, Broad Row and Market Row are full of little shops.

Also there’s the medieval town wall, gory stories, the quayside and seaside. Visit the second most complete medieval town wall in the country, or the best preserved Roman ruins in East Anglia. The 23 foot high town wall took 80 years to complete between 1260 and 1340.  And, in those days, there were no buildings between the wall and the sea. So, the merchants who were safe inside the town walls grew wealthy and powerful. A notable feature is the South East tower which has been a fish smoker, a pottery and a museum.

Visitors will find the surrounding villages are well worth exploring. They also have attractions to visit. And, there are options for coach groups to lunch at the Waterside in Rollesby and The Boathouse in Ormesby overlooking the beautiful Trinity Broads

Great Yarmouth a beach resort with a tradition that goes right back to the C18th

Great Yarmouth Seafront, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

Great Yarmouth is one of the UK’s top seaside resorts with stunning beaches and a newly revived seafront. It has a fascinating maritime past with a wide range of period architecture. As the beautiful countryside around includes the famous Norfolk Broads, Great Yarmouth is hard to beat as a holiday base. Its coastal location, almost […]

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