Things to do in Great Yarmouth

One of the best seaside resorts in the east of the UK, Great Yarmouth is an action-packed town full of more activities and entertainment than you could shake a stick of rock at. The beachfront, locally known as the Golden Mile, is a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand, cafés, bars and shops, piers and attractions including the Sea Life Great Yarmouth, the Time and Tide Museum and roller-coaster fun fairs Joyland and The Pleasure Beach.

Another reason to love Great Yarmouth is you’re never far from the great outdoors – The Broads are right on the doorstep allowing you to explore over 125 miles of canals and some stunning English countryside. There’s also miles of coastline to discover, offering everything from secluded windswept stretches of sand to town-centre beaches equipped with lifeguards, cafés and plenty of ice cream parlours. And our hotels in Great Yarmouth are perfectly placed to take in all the action.

The entertainment scene is just as lively, with several historic theatres and circus venues that keep the east-coast town busy even outside of the peak summer season. And, as you’d expect from one of the busiest seaside resorts in the UK, Great Yarmouth is packed with cafés, bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, covering virtually every budget and genre you can think of. All together now, ‘oh I do love to be beside the seaside…’

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Activities

Tick these essential activities off your bucket-and-spade list including exploring The Broads, checking out some of the finest beach retail estate on the east coast, aquariums and more!

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Entertainment

A bustling seaside resort, Great Yarmouth has one of the best entertainment scenes on the east coast, spanning theatre, musicals, stand up comedy, historic circus events and amazing family-friendly funfairs!

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Places to eat

A popular seafront resort, Great Yarmouth has all bases covered: from beachfront fish and chips, sunny day ice creams, a restoring cuppa and slab of cake or a range of restaurants representing food from across the world, it’s all here, ready and waiting.

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Nightlife

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).

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Shopping

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.

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Getting Around

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.

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Shopping

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Getting around

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