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Great Yarmouth: What To Do On The Edge Of The Norfolk Broads

Feb 2, 2008
The English seaside coastal resort of Great Yarmouth is the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. It has been a fishing port for hundreds of years and more recently it has come to support the many offshore oil rigs that populate the area.

One of Great Yarmouth's biggest claims to fame is its large beach and the two promenades that run alongside it.

When you visit the town, be sure to look at the Tollhouse. This is purported to be the oldest civic building in Britain and dates back to the 13th century. If you have children with you, they will almost certainly want to tour the dungeons there.

An even older building that you may want to visit is Burgh Castle Roman site. This has the remains of a third century Roman fort and overlooks the River Waveney but can only be approached on foot, so be sure to check out the accessibility details if you aren't as fit as you used to be.

Going back to the coast, the town has two piers although one of these was recently demolished in preparation for being rebuilt as an all round entertainment centre. The Britannia Pier hold the Britannia Theatre as well as a fairground.

Close by are Yarmouth's Winter Gardens. Architecture fans may well be intrigued by the mixture of glass and cast iron whilst younger members of the family will prefer the more modern facilities offered by the gardens as a leisure venue.

The local Norfold Naval Pillar is a tribute to Lord Nelson and pre-dates it's cousin (nelson's Column) in London by 24 years.

Fans of the author Charles Dickens will want to visit Great Yarmouth to see the various locations he used in "David Copperfield". Who knows, you might even decide to stay in the Royal Hotel - the very same place that Dickens stayed in whilst he was writing the novel.

The author of Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, was born in a 17th century house in nearby Church Plain and you can now visit the house for a meal at the restaurant it has become.

Horse racing fans won't be disappointed - Yarmouth has a famous flat racing track which regularly features race meets.

Unusually, Great Yarmouth has a summer season of pantomimes as well as variety shows to keep you entertained if the summer weather takes a turn for the worse.

Because the town is so close to the Norfolk Broads, there are plenty of water based activities that you can try out. From a leisurely trip in a pedal or rowing boat through to the slightly faster craft that are available for hire all over the Broads.

Shopaholics should check out the Market Gates shopping centre for a wide variety of local and national shops.

For a meal or a drink outside your hotel, there are plenty of bars and restaurants that you can investigate. Your journey for these is best started in King Street. You'll be sure to find somewhere that suits your budget and style.
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