Great Yarmouth is a large town on the eastern coast of Norfolk. It is one of the largest seaside resorts in England and is also just a stone’s throw away from the Norfolk Broads. Over five million people make their way to the town annually, enticed by its beaches and numerous family-friendly attractions, not to mention its two piers.
The town is also known for being a centre for fishing and energy. Both, along with tourism, have helped to shape life around here for generations, although the seafront area of Great Yarmouth is undergoing renovation. Great Yarmouth is also set to become a major destination for cruise ships coming in from all over the world.
A reasonable hatchback would be fine for getting around town in, whether going to the Norfolk Broads or going down Marine Parade.
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach is the town’s main theme park and is free to enter. It has plenty of rides, the most impressive of which is the Scenic Railway rollercoaster, which was built back in 1932. It also has some gentler rides for younger visitors.
The Sea Life Centre is a large aquarium which allows visitors to get up close to several species of fish or mammal. One of the aquarium’s most interesting features is its shark tank, which has a tunnel going underneath it, where you can see them swimming.
Yesterday’s World is a quirky museum on Marine Parade. Aside from having a museum which looks like it has been stuck in a time warp! It also has an on-site shop and café where you can order a lovely cream tea.
Great Yarmouth has its own racecourse, where numerous horseracing events are held. Just outside the town, there’s also a racecourse for greyhounds if you fancy a night at the dogs. Both can make for a great afternoon or evening with the family.
The majority of car parks in the town centre charge at least £1 per hour during the summer, although this comes down in winter.
To get to Great Yarmouth by car, the best way is from the A47 going from Norwich, which connects to the A1 west of Peterborough.
If driving in Gorleston, a southern suburb of the town, crossing the River Yare might take longer than anticipated due to the lack of a bridge.
Norwich International Airport is located around 14 miles west northwest of the town centre. Although it’s one of the smaller airports in the UK, it does have a decent range of flights to destinations throughout Europe, many provided by low-cost airlines. The airport can be reached from the A47, which connects to the A1042 going around Norwich. Go northbound on the A140 Cromer Road and you will find the airport in less than a mile.