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Great Yarmouth

National Rail | station code GYM

Great Yarmouth is on the Wherry Lines

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Great Yarmouth is a popular holiday resort with sandy beaches, two piers and many amusements and attractions for all ages along the very long seafront. Great Yarmouth has a rich maritime history with its once prosperous herring industry. The historic South Quay has been restored and features museums and period properties. The large open-air market place is one of the largest in England. The main market days are Wednesday and Saturday (also Friday in summer). A birdwatching hide ¼ mile from the station overlooks Breydon Water.

Market Gates Bus Station is ½ mile from the railway station. Great Yarmouth PlusBus tickets are valid for travel in the local area on First buses, including to Burgh Castle and along the coast to Caister, Hemsby and West Somerton (for Horsey Windpump).

TI Marine Parade. Tel. 01493 842195.

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Elizabethan House Museum NT ½ mile

A museum of domestic life in a 16th century house. The rooms are displayed to reflect the lives of the families who lived here from Tudor to Victorian times. Children's room with replica toys. Small wallled garden.
Open Apr-Oct, M-F & Sun 1000-1600. |

Row Houses, Old Merchant's House & Greyfriars' Cloisters EH ¾ mile

Row 111 House was almost destroyed by bombing in World War II and contains many items rescued from the rubble. The Old Merchant's House has fine plaster-work ceilings and oak panelling. Greyfriars' Cloisters are open only for escorted tours (see website) to view their early wall paintings.
Open Apr-Sep, M-F 1100-1600.

Time and Tide ¾ mile

Great Yarmouth's rich maritime and fishing history housed in a converted Victorian herring curing works. Reconstruction of a traditional Yarmouth row showing several homes, shops and workshops.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1630. Nov-Mar, M-F 1000-1600, SSu 1200-1600.

Tolhouse Museum ¾ mile

Displays show the changing use of this building over time and cover the history of crime and punishment from the medieval period to the present day.
Open please see website.

Sea Life Centre 1¼ miles

One of the largest Sea Life Centres in the country. Tropical shark display with walk-through underwater tunnel, crocodiles, starfish, stingrays, eels and more. Restaurant.
Open Daily from 1000, closing time varies.

Merrivale Model Village 1½ miles

A town and country in miniature set in floral landscaped gardens with a garden railway. Old penny machine museum. Royal exhibition. Tearoom.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1000-1700. See website for winter opening.

Pleasure Beach 1¾ miles

A seafront amusement park with over 70 rides and attractions. Gardens, Inn and Diner.
Open Mar-Oct, days and times vary, please see website.

Great Yarmouth attractions map

Caister Roman Fort EH by bus

The partially excavated remains of a Roman fort which was one of a chain of coastal forts probably built for defence against Saxon seaborne raiders. Wall and ditch sections and building foundations can be seen. Admission free.
Open any reasonable time.
Bus 1/1A/8 from Market Gates Bus Station (½ mile from Rail Station) to Caister Police Station, about 15 minutes journey, then ¼ mile walk (bus 1 also stops opposite the Fort). M-S every 15 minutes, Sun & BH every 30 minutes. Great Yarmouth PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Caister Castle Car Collection by bus then 1 mile

A large collection of rare veteran, vintage, classic, sports and touring cars and motorcycles. The collection includes steam cars and electric vehicles, also bicycles, horse-drawn vehicles, baby carriages and pedal cars. Visitors can climb the 15th century brick tower for views of the castle ruins and surrounding area. Refreshments and picnic area.
Open Jun-Sep, M-F & Sun 1000-1630.
Bus as for Caister Roman Fort above, then 1 mile walk.

Caister map

Horsey Windpump NT by bus then 2 miles

Horsey Windpump has been restored, complete with winding cap and patent sails. There are great views from the top. Tearoom.
Open Apr-Oct, MTWThSSu 1100-1600 (1500 Oct).
Bus 1 from Market Gates Bus Station (½ mile from Rail Station) to West Somerton, The Lion, then 2 miles walk (1¾ miles direct along Horsey Road but there's no path). M-S hourly, Sun & BH 2-hourly, about 40 minutes journey. Great Yarmouth PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

West Somerton to Horsey map
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National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Burgh Castle Roman Fort EH by bus then ¾ mile

The fort at Burgh Castle was one of a chain of Roman coastal forts probably built for defence against Saxon seaborne raiders. Three imposing stone walls survive, almost to their original height. There are panoramic views of Breydon Water from the area around the fort.
Open any reasonable time.
Bus 5 from Market Gates Bus Station (½ mile from Rail Station) to Burgh Castle, Queen's Head, about 30 minutes journey, then ¾ mile walk. M-S hourly, Sun & BH infrequent. The bus route is circular and buses return from the same stop. Great Yarmouth PlusBus tickets are valid for this journey. Operated by First.

Burgh Castle map

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