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Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is an ancient coastal town in Norfolk, 20 miles east of Norwich. The town has a lovely beach and two piers. It has been a seaside resort since 1760 and is the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the sea. Previously a major fishing port, more recently a supplier of oil and currently a creator of renewable energy sources, especially offshore wind power at Scroby Sands.

Great Yarmouth is overflowing with things to do and interesting places to visit. There is plenty of fun to be had on its two piers – Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier, along with its pleasure beach, amusement arcades and family shows, as well as interesting shops and souvenirs. The Market place is one of the largest in England, and has been operating since the 13th century. It is also home to the town´s shopping sector and the famous Yarmouth chip stalls. The Tollhouse, with dungeons, dates from the late 13th century and is said to be the oldest civic building in Britain.

Britannia Pier is home to the Britannia Theatre which during the summer months features well known acts including; Chubby Brown, Chuckle Brothers and Jimmy Carr. The theatre is one of the few end of the pier theatres left in England.

The Golden Mile, as Great Yarmouth’s seafront is known, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, for day trips, weekend breaks and longer holidays
Great Yarmouth offers an eclectic array of restaurants, pubs, bars and nightclubs, from family orientated, through to those wanting to party till the small hours. So whether you want to enjoy fresh fish and chips down on the seafront or a more formal meal for two, here you can find it all.

There are lots of events that take place in Great Yarmouth, including their Beer and Cider Festival in May, Dance Festival in July and its flagship Maritime Festival and Heritage Open Day in early September, as well as the Out There arts festival.

The Greater Yarmouth area has a fascinating history to explore within its wonderful countryside and 15 miles of sandy beaches, including villages such as Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the south.

As it is a popular tourist destination there is no shortage of choice when it comes to places to stay, whether you want to be looked after in a hotel, guest house or bed and breakfast, or prefer self catering options such as cottages, apartments or camping and caravanning.

Some photos courtesy of Ian Britton.

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