Spotlight on Great Yarmouth

East of England Spotlight: Great Yarmouth

As the leaves change colours, the clocks go back and the crowds leave Greater Yarmouth, it's a great time for an out of season break, to explore the area as the locals know and love it. There's still plenty going on and great fun to be had, whatever time of year you visit

An autumnal day on the seafront

Spotlight on Great Yarmouth

An auntum's day on Great Yarmouth seafront is still a whole lot of fun. A quick walk along the beach or esplanade will blow any cobwebs away, then visit the Sea Life Centre, an amazing opportunity to learn more about the coast and the animals who live off shore both locally and further afield.

Several arcades remain open all winter, so you can have a play on the 2p slot machines or on a virtual reality video game. If you walk through the amusement arcade at Wellington Pier, you'll find a fanastic ten-pin bowling alley with floor to ceiling views out over the beach and the sea.

Be amazed by over 1,000 years of history...

Spotlight on Great Yarmouth

In Great Yarmouth you can explore heritage sites from almost every era. From Roman ruins and a beautifully preserved Elizabethan merchant house on South Quay, to a Medieval town wall housing a former herring Smoke House, now packed with shipwrecked treasure but still smelling of wood smoke.

Meander down Victorian Rows and discover impressive Georgian and Edwardian architecture then enjoy some fabulous retro seaside heritage as you take your place on the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the country. One of only three in the world and dating from 1932, the Scenic Railway on the seafront with its 'brakeman' is the only place you can experience the heritage equivalent of time travel.

Shopping, pottery, rock and theatre

Spotlight on Great Yarmouth

Spend a day on historic South Quay where wealthy merchants built their houses creating a fine architectural display, a private heritage guided tour can be booked any time of year.

From here it's a short walk to the town centre with lots of shops, the market place, the Victoria arcade and a refurbished shopping mall. The town centre has a number of unusual independent shops and stores, well worth a visit if you're looking for something a bit different. You'll also find plenty of places to eat.

There are more shops along pedestrianised Regent Road as you head towards the seafront. You can also see traditional seaside rock being made in the two rock factories.

To round off your day, watch a show at the theatre with a varied programme of all sorts of entertaining performances, from musicals to comedy to plays and shows.

Feeling peckish? Let us tempt you...

Spotlight on Great Yarmouth

Relax and let someone else do the cooking! Eating out in Greater Yarmouth is easy and there's a fine range of restaurants, cafés, pubs and takeaways to tempt every tastebud and to suit every pocket.

Great Yarmouth is home to a huge number of places to eat out, whether you fancy a good old English breakfast to set you up for the day, a cosy lunch in one of the many Great Yarmouth pubs or light bite, a spectacular ice-cream sundae or a traditional afternoon cream tea.

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