More info: Great Yarmouth is a resort town in Norfolk, at the mouth of the River Yare, on the east coast of England. It is well known for its long sandy beach and has been a popular resort since 1760. Great Yarmouth grew as a holiday destination when the railway opened in 1844 giving easier and cheaper access to visitors.
Great Yarmouth has two piers. At the northern end the Britannia Pier stands proudly above the beach, while donkey rides take place below in the summer season. The Wellington Pier, further along Marine Parade towards the southern end of the strip is open all year round, with amusment arcades and a ten-pin bowling alley at the end of the pier. Britannia Pier is home to the Britannia Theatre, which during the summer has featured acts and is one of the few end-of-the pier theatres surviving in England.
Great Yarmouth's seafront, known as "The Golden Mile" attracts millions of visitors each year to its sandy beaches, indoor and outdoor attractions and amusement arcades. Great Yarmouth's Marine Parade has twelve Amusement Arcades within 2 square miles (5.2 km2). The seafront is also home to the country's only full-time circus - Hippodrome Circus.
The Great Yarmouth area contains wonderful countryside, charming villages, the scenic Breydon Water, and a quieter but no less appealing seaside resort in Gorleston-on-Sea and the vibrant village resort of Hemsby.
There are more than 15 miles of sandy beaches within the Great Yarmouth area, all with gentle slopes and easy bathing, from the marram dunes of Winterton-on-Sea and Hemsby in the north to cliff-backed Hopton-on-Sea in the south.