You’ll find plenty of things to do in Great Yarmouth, whatever the weather. Visit top Great Yarmouth activities like Pleasure Beach or experience its top-rated activities at the Merrivale Model Village. Bargain hunters won’t want to miss shopping in Great Yarmouth while couples and families alike can enjoy Great Yarmouth's culture. Check out the best places to eat in Great Yarmouth and get a taste of the local food, before experiencing some exciting Great Yarmouth nightlife. Getting around Great Yarmouth couldn't be easier however you choose to travel, and you can rest easy knowing you've enjoyed all of Great Yarmouth's entertainment before heading back to your hotel in Great Yarmouth for a great night’s sleep on a comfy Hypnos bed.
Things to do in Great Yarmouth
Whether you’re looking for a quiet beachfront pint to sip whilst people watching, or to explore the local cocktail bars and microbreweries, or even dancing until dawn, Great Yarmouth’s nightlife scene has all the answers (and our places to eat guide has all the best next-day solutions if you’re feeling a little fragile).
With over 40 stores and cafés, Market Gates Shopping Centre is a great place to start your shopping in Great Yarmouth. Located in the middle of town halfway between the coastline and the River Yare and just a short walk from our Great Yarmouth hotel, the covered mall is home to big-name brands like Debenhams and New Look with several cafes and restaurants on-site.
One of the largest and oldest markets in the UK covering over 5,400m of pedestrianised space and dating back to the 11th century, Great Yarmouth Market is the ideal place to perfect your haggling skills and get some amazing local produce including fresh food, arts and crafts, homeware and plenty of street food stands. The market runs every Wednesday and Saturday, with an extra Friday market during the summer months.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for at the Market Gates or the Market, then take a trip to nearby Regent Road, one of the main streets in Great Yarmouth packed with shops and cafés.
The closest airport to Great Yarmouth is Norwich, with the 25-mile journey taking around 30 minutes by car or around 90 minutes via a combination of trains and buses. The small international airport runs regular flights across the UK, Holland and Spain via Flybe, KLM and TUI Airways.
The next closest airport is Stansted, around two hours by car and four hours via a connecting train service via Norwich and Cambridge. A major international airport with over 25 million passengers each year, major airlines including easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair fly to a variety of destinations across the UK and Europe. Make your journey even simpler by staying the night before you travel at one of our hotels near Stansted Airport.
The four-platform Great Yarmouth Railway Station is the final destination on the Wherry Line servicing the east of England. The station has regular departures to Norwich, which has ongoing connections across the UK. At the station, you’ll find a bike rack, large car park, baby-changing facilities, a ticket desk and toilets, with plenty of nearby shops and cafés if you’ve a while to wait before your train departs.