Discover Great Yarmouth with Greater Anglia

Published on: Thursday, 11 April 2024
Last updated: Monday, 15 April 2024

Great Yarmouth is a fun Norfolk seaside resort known for its long sandy beaches, traditional sea-side attractions, and rich maritime history and a popular destination for visitors seeking a quintessential British seaside experience.

Whether you're seeking sun, sea, and sand or fun-filled family adventures, Great Yarmouth offers a charming seaside escape with something for everyone to enjoy.

Things to do in Great Yarmouth

If you’re looking for the top things to do in Great Yarmouth, here are our top picks:

Head to the beach

Great Yarmouth boasts miles of golden sandy beaches, making it the perfect destination for a traditional seaside holiday. Whether you're looking to sunbathe, build sandcastles, or take a refreshing dip in the sea, the beaches of Great Yarmouth offer something for everyone.

Pleasure Beach and Joyland

If you’re looking for things to do in Great Yarmouth for families, the most iconic – and fun - attractions in Great Yarmouth are the Pleasure Beach and Joyland – located at opposite ends of the seafront. The Pleasure Beach is a classic amusement park that has been entertaining visitors for over a century. With thrilling rides, traditional fairground games, and family-friendly attractions, the Pleasure Beach is fun for all ages. At Joyland you will find rides for younger children, including Great Yarmouth’s famous Snails which are a must-do for families when visiting Great Yarmouth.

Sea Life Centre

Home to a diverse range of marine creatures, including sharks, turtles, and colourful tropical fish, and the UK’s only 360 degree Ocean Tunnel, the Sea Life Centre offers interactive exhibits, educational presentations, and hands-on activities for visitors to enjoy. Enjoy 2FOR1 entry with your rail ticket when you book your Sea Life Centre visit in advance. See for de-tails.

Historic Quayside

Explore Great Yarmouth's maritime heritage at the historic quayside, where you can stroll along the picturesque waterfront, admire the traditional fishing boats, and visit historic landmarks such as the Nelson Museum and the Time and Tide Museum.

Britannia Pier

Take a stroll along Britannia Pier, one of Great Yarmouth's iconic landmarks. With its amusement arcade, traditional seaside theatre, and panoramic views of the coastline, Britannia Pier is a hub of entertainment and activity.

Family-Friendly Attractions

There are so many things to do in Great Yarmouth for families, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From crazy golf and arcades to a model village and the Marina swimming complex, Great Yarmouth offers a wide range of family-friendly attractions and activities to keep kids entertained and parents relaxed.

Food and drink

After all that fun, you’ll want to stop for rest and refreshment and Great Yarmouth is bursting with many fantastic options to suit all tastes and budgets, from freshly cooked fish and chips to fine dining.

For a quick and casual meal, explore the bustling market and seafront promenade, where you'll find a variety of street food vendors and market stalls selling everything from freshly caught sea-food, fish and chips, ice creams and freshly cooked doughnuts to international cuisine.

For finer dining options try Pamela's Restaurant, located on the seafront, and offering panoramic views of the beach, The Seafood Restaurant by Richard Hughes for seafood lovers, or The Copper Kitchen, a cosy bistro-style restaurant which prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes with a Mediterranean flair.

Where to stay

From holiday parks and B&Bs to luxury hotels, Great Yarmouth has it all.

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option or a self-catering accommodation, Great Yar-mouth has several holiday parks and campsites located near the beach and attractions. Popular choices include Vauxhall Holiday Park, Seashore Holiday Park, and California Cliffs Holiday Park. During the summer months the holiday parks benefit from a bus shuttle service to and from Great Yarmouth rail station.

Great Yarmouth is also home to numerous charming bed and breakfasts offering cosy accommodation and personalised service. Popular options include The Shrewsbury Guest House, The Merivon Guest House and The White Lodge.

For luxury hotels try The Imperial Hotel, situated on the seafront, offering elegant accommodation with stunning views of the beach and coastline and a pool and spa; The Prom Hotel which offers modern and spacious rooms with panoramic views of the beach and pier; or the Andover House Hotel & Restaurant, a boutique hotel which offers contemporary accommodation with a chic cock-tail bar just a short walk from the beach.

Getting there

Travel by train to Great Yarmouth with Greater Anglia. The town centre is within walking distance, or an easy bus ride away and, in the summer months, a shuttle bus runs between the rail station and the holiday parks.

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