If you are looking for a relaxing holiday apartment in Norfolk, look no further than Great Yarmouth! Famous for its peaceful stretch of clean sandy beaches, the east coast town of Great Yarmouth has been a family favourite resort since 1760 and has come a long way since then and is now recognised as the third busiest seaside town in the UK. The central beach is the very heart of the town and is ideal for families who want to spend their summers on a safe shore. Despite its reputation as one of the busiest seaside resorts in the country, you are not likely to be greeted by too much hustle and bustle on all the beaches, as the North and South beach is more secluded and close to the Britannia or Wellington Piers which transport you back to the Victorian era. Like all great seasides, Great Yarmouth is a significant fishing port which is known for its fish and chip shops and quaint cafes - so for a traditional Great British seaside break browse the extensive holiday apartment rentals or bed and breakfast in Great Yarmouth to find the home away from home which is perfect for you and your guests.
Find and book a holiday home or b&b by the sea in Great Yarmouth
Step back in time to Great Yarmouth, a little piece of the Victorian era on the east coast!
From its traditional piers and quaint townhouses, Great Yarmouth is called ‘Great' for a reason! There is nothing ordinary about this historic seaside resort. Whether you want to spend your days rejuvenating by the beach or becoming acquainted with the town's rich history in the Time and Tide Museum, there is something for every visitor which is just waiting to be discovered. Families of all ages may also enjoy the Pleasure Beach amusement park and the Merrivale Model village which many generations have enjoyed days over the last half-century. Choose a traditional holiday rental in Great Yarmouth which is big enough for the whole family when you book via Airbnb or TripAdvisor today.
When to go?
This east coast seaside is noted for being temperate with temperatures that are very consistent throughout the year. In August the average temperature is 17°C (63°F), and the sea temperature reaches the same temperature. However, this warmer climate does attract a larger crowd, so remember to reserve your place for the summer holidays.
How to get there?
Located in the most eastern point of the country alongside the North Sea, Great Yarmouth can be reached from across the UK by train. The town has its own railway station and has an excellent connection to the city of Norwich which is only around 20 miles away on the hourly service provided by Abellio Greater Anglia. The bus route which is operated by First Norfolk & Suffolk offers additional links to the seaside via Norwich and Kings Lynn. For those visitors who are travelling by road, you will need to take the A47 from the west, or the south-west, take the A143. For visitors who are visiting from even further can arrive at the local afield or land at Norwich International airport, which is only around 35 minutes' drive away from the shore.
If you are already holidaying by the east coast, why not choose to visit Great Yarmouth's many attractions for the day, which is especially easy if you choose accommodation with added parking. Travel from your holiday apartment in Southwold in around 45 minutes, while holiday rentals in Cromer are similarly less than one hours drive away.
Where to stay in Great Yarmouth?
Wellington Pier and South Beach
Choose a bed and breakfast alongside the architectural splendour of Wellington pier with all its attractions, including the family-friendly pleasure Beach and Merrindale Model Village. Luxury holiday apartment rentals are also geared to accommodate those families and those who are young in heart who want to dream away their days in attractions in this area.
Marine Parade (Central Beach)
Secure accommodation in Great Yarmouth which is close to the Central Beach takes advantage of all the long sandy beach, and beach activities such as swimming in the Northern Sea, if you dare! Breathe in the sea air from the window of your waterfront holiday home in Great Yarmouth. Renting a holiday rental on the Marine Parade will also place you in the perfect position for the highly regarded Time and Tide museum and give almost instant access to the shops located in the centre of town.
Though this town centre there is a variety of retail shops which centred around the Market Gates Shopping Centre which is home to over 40 stores, it is also the ideal place to choose a self-catered apartment rental, where you can stay out after dusk and enjoy the local with pubs, and eateries with a real seaside resort feel.
Britannia Pier/North Beach
The Pier itself is a major attraction and is very close to the Joyland Children's fun park, from there you can either head north to the more secluded north beaches or south to the busier action-packed central beach area. There are bed and breakfast rentals available close to these attractive locations.
Located approximately 2-3 miles south of the centre along the fringe of the river Yare, this area has convenient access to the South Beach, alongside its very own quiet beach with a long promenade, perfect for walks along the sea. It is also close to the RNLI Lifeboat Station and the Gorleston Golf Club, making it an ideal place to reserve a luxury holiday rental near Great Yarmouth.
Newtown and Northgate
Just north of the town centre, near the Great Yarmouth Racecourse, this neighbourhood gives you easy access to the north beach, the perfect spot to unwind after a long day at the races. It is also popular with dog walkers so this could be the place to choose a holiday rental with your four-legged friends.
What activities to do?
Great Yarmouth Minster
The Great Yarmouth Minster offers a chance to learn even more about the area's rich history, even before its Victorian roots as the country's third largest parish church was consecrated back in 1119 and has stood proudly along this coastline ever since.
Sea Life Centre
The Great Yarmouth Sealife Centre is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with a young family, as it introduces visitors, young and old to the fascinating creatures of the sea. The centre offers unbelievable views of the animals, from sharks to starfish and giant sea turtles, meaning it is a fitting attraction for a seaside resort.
Time and Tide Museum
The Time and Tide Museum is located in a Victorian herring curing works close to the town centre and recounts the history of Great Yarmouth all the way back to the ice age. As a town of deep maritime heritage, you too can wonder down the nineteenth-century ‘row' to see inside the homes of the local fishermen who lived and worked here more than a century ago, before experiencing the more recent 1950 atmosphere of a fish wharf taking the wheel of a steam drifter.
Nelson Museum is found in a Georgian Merchant's house which contains a collection of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson related artefacts. Visitors can learn about his famous battles and his exciting military career. However, take note that the museum is not open in December and January.
As the heart of family fun since 1909, located right on the beach front of Great Yarmouth, this free entry pleasure park has around thirty rides, the most famous of which is the 1932 roller coaster, the Scenic Railway. If you don't mind getting a bit wet then have a ride on the Log Flume ride, then dry off in your holiday rental nearby! There is also a section rides for smaller children such as the traditional Cups and Saucers, among other classic fairground rides.
This grade II listed structure is renowned for its live shows in the Britannia theatre housed in the only one of the few end-of-the-pier theatres remaining in England During the peak summer months it attracts some of the biggest names in comedy and music, including Jimmy Carr and Jim David to name but a few. Darts fans can also watch World championship darts players at certain times in the year while sampling the excellent seaside food available.