Great Yarmouth is a resort town on the east of the Norfolk coast. Originally founded in 1806 by the Angles, it was formally a well-established fishing port.
The town has expanded over the years but still retains some of the original buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Wellington Pier
The Wellington Pier, which can still be visited today, was founded in 1854 with the pavilion being added in 1903. A great visit for things such as amusements, which is the most modern arcade in Great Yarmouth, casino and bowling which includes electronic scoring and child-friendly bowling balls. With on-site amenities such as a cafe, bar, ice cream parlour and a gift shop, there is plenty to do and see at the pier.
Sea Life Centre
Another must-see is the Sea Life Centre. They have a 250,000-litre tropical ocean display tunnel where you can see some of their largest inhabitants. There are often aquatic themed events such as shark weeks, which involve shark discovery activities including special talks and quizzes. Various other events are organised at significant times of the year. The centre also takes an active role in conservation so visitors can find out lots more about breeding and rescue programmes which all help to safeguard threatened species.From playful feeding times with the penguins, meeting Noah the resident green sea turtle to stroking manta-rays, this really is a ‘Must Do’ day out for all the family.
If you are looking for something more to get your heart racing then Great Yarmouth is the home to The Pleasure beach park. The pleasure beach is a free entry, historic pleasure park. Originally opening in 1909 they have expanded their rides over the years from Go-Karts, log flumes, haunted hotel, spinning coaster to the 4D cinema, there is plenty of thrill rides, kiddie rides or family rides for all.
Great Yarmouth is also home to some beautiful sandy beaches. If long walks looking at the scenery, bird watching or even water sports is your thing, then Gorleston and Hemsby beaches are worth visiting. Envied for how clean the beaches are, free parking nearby and cafes en route. This is a perfect day out with friends or family for relaxing or taking a walk up the coast. There are even beach wheelchairs available for hire so all the family can enjoy a stroll in the sand.
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