Greater Yarmouth: Fun For All The Family

greatyarmouthA much-visited area of Norfolk is Greater Yarmouth, which includes the energetic seaside town of Great Yarmouth as well as the calmer resort of Gorleston-on-Sea. North of Yarmouth and Gorleston is Hemsby Beach, which, like Yarmouth, is a traditional seaside town with funfairs and amusement arcades.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth (also known as Yarmouth) attracts millions of visitors each year. It has sandy beaches, two piers, fish and chips, ice creams, loads of shops, museums, theatres, and a friendly family atmosphere (you can even play crazy golf there!). The “Golden Mile” along Yarmouth seafront is loaded with arcades and attractions, including The Pleasure Beach amusement park.

A significant element of Yarmouth’s character is its vibrant nightlife, host to many stag dos and hen nights. There are karaoke bars aplenty for anyone fancying a sing-song. For sports enthusiasts, the town offers bowls, golf (three 18-hole courses!), fishing, horse racing, greyhound racing and stock car racing.

It’s quite easy to overlook Yarmouth’s history, given its lively and mildly hedonistic character. Founded by the Angles, it was the town’s herring-fishing and ship-building industries that gradually grew it from a small medieval settlement into one of Norfolk’s most densely populated areas. During the 19th century, it became a popular seaside resort and continues to flourish as such today.

Charles Dickens once described Yarmouth as “the finest place in the universe”.


Gorleston is a relatively quiet seaside resort situated less than five miles south of Great Yarmouth. Like Yarmouth, it grew up as a hub for Herring fishing: an industry that rapidly declined from the beginning of the 20th century. Aside from its calm nature, Gorleston offers an attractive “Edwardian Beach”, seaside gardens, a shopping centre and a theatre.


Hemsby comprises two parts: Hemsby Village and Hemsby Beach. The sandy beach is the main attraction, along with cafes, shops, funfair rides and amusement arcades. Natural beauty is found in the form of the Hemsby sand dunes, which divide beach and village. The village is more residential than the beach, but offers good access to local attractions via public transport.