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Great Yarmouth in Norfolk is a charismatic seaside town that’s home to about as many attractions as you could hope for from a holiday. Did you know that Norfolk is one of the warmest and driest places in the UK? That makes it pretty much perfect for getting out and about and topping up the tan.
Where better to do that than on the beach? If you’re a fan of the sandy stuff then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Great Yarmouth. With no less than fifteen miles of golden sanded beaches, stretching from Hopton-on-Sea to Winterton-on-Sea, you’ll find everything from quiet, secluded spots to beaches bustling with seaside activity. And that means deck chairs, donkey rides and delicious ice cream.
Central Beach stretches along The Golden Mile, a wide promenade backed by amusements, entertainment venues, restaurants and cafés. It forms the beating heart of Great Yarmouth’s seaside scene and it’s all just a stone’s throw from the hotel. Gorleston-on-Sea beach, meanwhile, is great if you’re feeling active and features pitch and putt, bowling greens, tennis courts and gardens. But for the ultimate escape, a visit to South Beach or Scrathy Beach is in order. They are among Great Yarmouth’s quieter beaches and will allow you to enjoy some peaceful time to yourself.
Great Yarmouth also has three piers, the most historic of which is The Jetty. It was first constructed in the sixteenth century and it’s said that Admiral Lord Nelson landed there several times. You can learn all about the famous naval hero’s life and associations with the area at The Norfolk & Nelson Museum. The ancient pier remains to this day, albeit a little shorter thanks to constant buffeting from the North Sea. It’s popular with both locals and tourists.
Great Yarmouth’s favourite pier has to be Britannia Pier. Take a stroll out to sea and you’ll be able to enjoy live entertainment as well as a selection of friendly bars and restaurants. And what pier would be complete without amusements? Exactly. Have fun!
One of the greatest things about Great Yarmouth is that there are so many places to visit. In fact, the local area is so full of attractions that you might want to scale your visit down to Merrivale Model Village to get your bearings. This miniature version of the town and countryside is set in an acre of landscaped gardens and is a great place to begin your discovery of Great Yarmouth.
From there, the town is yours to explore.
Time & Tide is one of the most exciting museums in the region, with award-winning displays and interactive activities that tell the tale of Great Yarmouth’s heritage, from its ice age origins to the present day. It’s set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian herring curing works and offers an eye-opening and genuinely fascinating glimpse at the town’s seafaring heritage.
You can bring the fishy frolics bang up to date with a visit to Sea Life. Dive into their underwater world and say hello to weird and wonderful creatures from the deep blue sea. You’ll have the chance to see everything from starfish to sharks. If you prefer to meet your animals on dry land then head for Thrigby Wildlife Gardens. These 250-year-old landscaped gardens are home to all kinds of creatures including tigers, crocodiles and storks.
Looking for a little evening entertainment? Gorleston Pavillion offers a year-round programme of plays, pantomimes, musicals and concerts. Who can resist a game of bingo? Mecca Bingo is a spacious, stylish and comfortable place to try your luck. Eyes down!
Stroll down memory lane at Yesterday's World, a museum that offers a nostalgic look at British culture from the reign of Queen Victoria right through to the 1960s. And after that, how does a refreshing ale sound? You can sample the local produce from Blackfriars Brewery while learning how they make their tasty beers in the Brewery Tap. St. Nicholas' Church is also worth visiting. It’s the largest parish church in the country and it’s absolutely beautiful inside.
Great Yarmouth is also perfectly placed to explore the magical waterworld of the Norfolk Broads. Broads Tours run frequent river trips that you can join. However, if you’d prefer an alternative look at rural Norfolk, head for The Waterside in Rollesby and enjoy a relaxing boat trip through the beautiful Trinity Broads. You’ll also have the chance to go fishing, rowing and kayaking. And who knows what wildlife you’ll spot from the special nature hide? Back on dry land, there’s a restaurant where you can relax with a bite to eat and a glass of wine while taking in the views.
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