As well as being home to the largest wetland in the UK (the Norfolk Broads) the county of Norfolk is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK and what better place to experience some of this gorgeous golden coastline than the popular town of Great Yarmouth. Located on Norfolk’s eastern coast, this scenic coastal town has been a popular seaside location since the late 18th century and although it’s not the fishing port town it once was, the town is still as popular as ever.
Expect nothing less than some of the best beaches in Norfolk during your visit to Great Yarmouth, as it boasts a stretch of golden coastline, which curves along the coast for approximately 30 miles. Fortunately, one of the widest stretches runs along the front of the town, so you won’t have to travel very far at all to see it. The sand is soft towards the rear of the beach but it can get quite stony the closer you get to the water, which is great if you love looking for interesting shells or skimming stones off of the waves. Donkey rides are available for the smaller children, which are perfect for keeping them entertained during a day on the beach. The coast here also offers two entertaining piers, one to the north and one to the south. Each offers a selection of entertainment including a gaming centre, arcades, cafes and plenty of places where you can grab a drink. Britannia Pier is the one to visit if you love live shows but Wellington Pier is also worth a visit, especially if you’re after some evening entertainment.
The centre of town houses a number of varied shops offering a selection of products from fashionable clothing and jewellery to TV, audio and games. You won’t be short of restaurants either and the cafes offer a good selection of hot & cold beverages and light snacks, which are great if you don’t fancy a full meal.
Location of Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth is 20.3 miles directly east of Norwich.
Where can I stay at Great Yarmouth
If you want to enjoy the best of the broads whilst having easy access to this wonderful town then we would recommend staying at either Horning Ferry Marina in the village of Horning along the River Bure or at Waveney River Centre to the south in Burgh St. Peter on the River Waveney. Both of these lovely rivers (as well as the River Yare) lead straight to Breydon Water, which is a large estuary within walking distance of the centre of town. This helps to make Great Yarmouth a very convenient location to get to if you would like to spend a day out visiting the famous Norfolk Coast. It’s easy to reach not only by river but also by road, so you can either enjoy a stop over during your boating holiday or take the short drive from Waveney River Centre or Horning Ferry Marina.
What else is nearby?
If full family entertainment is what you’re after then the Pleasure Beach family entertainment park can be found towards the south end of the sea front. The rides here differ in type and size, so you can be sure that there will be something to suit all ages. For the adults and larger kids in the group there is the very popular log flume but be warned, as you will probably get very wet! There are also go-karts, bumper cars, roller coasters and the very popular pirate ship. No matter what you like, we’re sure you will have fun here.
If you love wildlife and don’t mind travelling a short distance then the Amazonia zoo to the south and Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens to the northwest make a great choice for an excursion. Both house a selection of wild animals ranging from rhino’s & tigers to birds and reptiles.