Great Yarmouth is located on the coast near the mouth of the River Yare. The nearest city is Norwich. At one time Great Yarmouth was one of the most successful fishing villages in the area. Today, Great Yarmouth is much quieter and offers simple amusements such as enjoying fish and chips on the pier or other treats such as candy floss and ice cream. The town boasts an almost entirely complete city wall and several museums as well as houses that date back several centuries. One of the most popular events in the area is the Maritime Festival, which is held in September of each year.
Great Yarmouth faces the North Sea on the coast of Norfolk. The town has been a popular seaside resort for around 250 years and prior to this it was a major fishing port.
The main seaside attractions are the long beach and the two promenades. The Britannia Pier has a fair at the end of it and is also home to the Britannia Theatre. The second pier in the town is the Wellington Pier, which has been developed into an entertainment complex. The seafront at Great Yarmouth is known as the Golden Mile and as well as the sandy beaches, it also offers a number of amusement arcades and the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.
If you recognise some of the locations when you stay in Great Yarmouth, it could be because the town is one of the locations used in the Charles Dickens novel "David Copperfield".
Wildlife enthusiasts will be able to find a number of rare species, especially in the area between the town's two piers which is regularly home to thousands of Mediterranean gulls. Another site of interest is Breydon Water which roosts around 100,000 birds in the winter season and the local Halvergate Marshes are also now a protected wildlife habitat. The area is also dotted with windpumps, which are similar to windmills but are used for draining land or pumping water.
Great Yarmouth is also home to one of England's oldest prisons, the Tollhouse. You can explore this and find out how smugglers and witches would have been punished in bygone times. The building itself dates back to the twelfth century and holds special events at spooky times of the year such as Halloween.