Great Yarmouth

Plan your day out in Great Yarmouth

Whether you're looking for relaxation, excitement or a bit of both, Great Yarmouth is just the ticket. This fun-loving resort has everything you need for a great family day out, from 15 miles of sandy beaches to state-of-the-art theme parks with white-knuckle rollercoasters.

Great Yarmouth isn't only a seaside resort. It's also a busy, vibrant town with a good shopping centre partnering national chain stores with independents. At the centre of town is the Market Gates mall which houses 40 shops, including Debenhams, New Look and JD Sports. For a more boutique shopping experience there's the Victoria Arcade, populated by independent retailers, ranging from contemporary clothes stores to florists and galleries. For traditional seaside goods (including the obligatory buckets and spades!), there are plenty of shops and kiosks on pedestrianised Regent Road and the seafront Golden Mile.

A large open-air market takes place In Great Yarmouth every Wednesday and Saturday (as well as Fridays in summer), with over 100 stalls selling homewares, garden accessories and more. It's located right in the centre of town.

What was it like to live in previous centuries? Find out all about the families who resided at this splendid quayside house from Tudor to Victorian times. The kids can play in the toy room and you can relax in the peaceful walled garden.

Find out more about the Elizabethan House Museum

Founded in 1101, this is the largest parish church in Norfolk and one of Great Yarmouth's most historic buildings. A free heritage exhibition shows the church's central role in the history of the town.

Find out more about the Great Yarmouth Minster

The town's administrative headquarters is a classic example of Victorian Gothic architecture, built in the 1880s. It has a beautiful clock tower which was fully restored in 2008. Tours of the interior are occasionally available by appointment.

Find out more about Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Lord Horatio Nelson was a Norfolk boy and this is the only museum in the country dedicated to the life of one of our greatest national heroes. Find out about his childhood, career, naval adventures and tragic death at the famous Battle of Trafalgar.

Visit the Nelson Museum website

Based in a converted herring curing factory, Time and Tide takes you on a journey through Great Yarmouth's fascinating past. See inside a historic fisherman's home, experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal drifter and more.

Find out more about the Time and Tide Museum

Explore the darker side of Great Yarmouth's history at one of the oldest prisons in the country. Interactive displays bring alive bloodcurdling tales of thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers.

Find out more about The Tolhouse Gaol

Located in the Victoria Arcade in the centre of town, this traditional gallery displays a fine collection of original paintings and crafts by members of the Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists & Craftsmen.

Find out more about the Great Yarmouth Guild Gallery

Now converted into a lively community arts and entertainment centre, this was once one of East Anglia's most impressive places of worship, modelled on St Clement Danes in London. The programme includes drama, musicals, film screenings, live music and comedy.

Visit St George's Theatre

Housed in a converted 18th century merchant's house on King Street, this stylish contemporary art space features exhibitions of works by living artists and sculptors, many of whom live and work in East Anglia.

Visit Skippings Gallery website

This is a classic seaside garden in the heart of the famous Golden Mile. In summer it's ablaze with colour in its anchor-shaped flowerbeds.

Find out more about Anchor Gardens

Enjoy a day at the races with a welcoming atmosphere and first-class facilities. The course is just north of the town centre, about 1.5 miles from the railway station. The fixture list runs from June to October and includes family days, as well as race nights with live music.

Visit Great Yarmouth Racecourse website

Set in over an acre of landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls and a lake, this is one of Great Yarmouth's best-loved family attractions. It's an amazing miniature world with shops, churches, trains, stately homes and more. Crazy golf is included in the admission price.

Visit Merrivale Model Village website

Connecting the town centre with the seafront, this glorious green space has rose gardens, a nautically themed children's play area and plenty of grassed areas where the kids can run about or play games.

Find out more about St George's Park

With traditional deck chairs and donkey rides, sandy Central Beach stretches as far as the eye can see along Great Yarmouth's famous Golden Mile. Running next to it is a wide esplanade, lined with amusements, cafés, refreshment kiosks and ice cream parlours.

The centrepiece of Great Yarmouth seafront, Britannia Pier has something for everyone, including live shows, great food, amusements and rides. You can also enjoy traditional seaside treats, such as doughnuts, rock, fudge and ice cream.

Visit Britannia Pier website

Built in 1903 by legendary showman George Gilbert, the historic Hippodrome is the UK's only surviving permanent circus. Spectacular big top shows offer fun, laughs and excitement for all the family.

Visit the Hippodrome Circus website

Opened in 1949, this family-owned children's fun park has a great selection of rides, including the world-famous snails and Tyrolean Tub Twist. A huge toy town mountain incorporates the Spook Express, Kiddie Coaster, jet cars and more.

Visit the Joyland website

This swashbuckling pirate-themed adventure golf course features 18 holes with caves, footbridges, waterfalls and tropical landscaping. It's suitable for all ages.

Visit the Pirates Cove Adventure Golf website

At the top of the Golden Mile, the nine-acre Pleasure Beach has been thrilling holidaymakers since 1932. Today its exciting mix of high-octane attractions and fun rides for younger children have made it one of the country's top 10 free entry amusement parks.

Visit the Pleasure Beach website

Get ready for exciting encounters with some of the world's most fascinating sea creatures, including rays, crocodiles, penguins, sharks, seahorses, starfish and turtles. Fun talks and feeding sessions take place throughout the day and there's a free kids' quiz trail.

Find out more about Sea Life Centre

Located at the southern end of the seafront, Wellington Pier has a state-of-the-art amusement arcade with video games, simulator rides, slot machines, bowling lanes and more. There's also a café, gift shop and ice cream parlour.

Visit Wellington Pier website

Taking tea by the sea is a time-honoured pastime and Great Yarmouth has plenty of places to enjoy this quintessentially British tradition. Of course, if your preferred refreshment is a cup of cappuccino or espresso, that's no problem either with a wide selection of coffee houses across the town, including branches of national chains such as Starbucks and Costa. Bookworms will love Kirsty's Cakery, based in Black Beauty author Anna Sewell's former home. For the true seaside café experience, head down to Marine Parade and North Drive where you'll find friendly, family-run establishments, including the Sunshine Cafe and Munchies.

There's a vast array of places to dine out in Great Yarmouth, ranging from high-end restaurants and continental-style bistros to pizzerias, pubs and ethnic eateries. Strollers Restaurant at the Prom Hotel is a spacious and contemporary with a relaxed atmosphere and The Terrace at the Imperial Hotel on North Drive offers stunning sea views. Just a short walk from the railway station across the River Bure is The Seafood, specialising in fresh fish dishes. As for traditional fish and chips, there are several 'eat in' options, including a branch of the world-famous Harry Ramsden's, located on Marine Parade close to Wellington Pier and the Sea Life Centre.

Fish and chips is, of course, Great Yarmouth's fast food speciality with plenty of places to choose from along the seafront and in the town. But there are also lots of other take away options, including branches of McDonalds, KFC etc, as well as independent, family-run establishments selling traditional seaside treats.

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