Discovering Great Yarmouth
Dig beyond Great Yarmouth's bucket and spade image to unearth an intriguing past. Join our tour of what was England's fifth richest town to discover how you could walk to Holland and find out about its links to Nelson, herrings and body snatchers.
Great Yarmouth route
The walk starts at The Jetty, just off Marine Parade, and covers around two and a half miles along public footpaths with some cobbled areas and a wooden jetty. The walk is accessible for wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.
The walk takes a circular route and during the eight stages you can enjoy the experience through your mobile phone with characters from the past sharing their tales of Great Yarmouth's history.
Getting there by train: Trains run from Norwich and Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth station.
It’s a 30-minute stroll from the train station to the walk’s starting point. Follow the signposts from the station to the seafront – then walk along the seafront until you reach the Flamingo Amusement Arcade, cross the road and cut through the car park and head straight to the Jetty Pier.
Travelling by car
From the A47 follow the signs to Great Yarmouth seafront. At the end of the A47, just after the Vauxhall Holiday Park, go straight over the first roundabout and then straight over at the next roundabout.
From here, go straight over at the set of lights and follow the road until you get to the lights at the junction of Temple Road and St Nicholas Road. Turn left into St Nicholas Road and go over at the lights into Euston Road. At the end of Euston Road turn right into North Drive and join Marine Parade.
The Flamingo is a seafront landmark
Getting the bus
It’s a 20-minute walk from Market Gates bus station to the walk’s starting point. If you’re travelling by bus to Great Yarmouth from Norwich or Lowestoft, get off at Market Gates at the top of Regent Road and head down this road to the seafront.
At the bottom of the road (opposite Britannia Pier) turn right and walk along the seafront until you reach the Flamingo Amusement Arcade, cross the road and cut through the car park and head straight to the jetty pier.
The nearest pay-and-display car park is next to the Jetty. There are also car parks along the seafront opposite Zen Nightclub, at the Marina Centre, opposite Pleasure Beach Gardens, near the bowling greens on North Drive and by the Waterways also on North Drive.
The first aid point at the Jetty is staffed from May to September between 9.30am and 5.30pm on weekdays and Sundays, then between 10.30am and 5.30pm on Saturdays.
Find out about Great Yarmouth's history every step of the way by using the links on the right-hand side of this page. You can also print out a copy and take it with you.
last updated: 17/03/2009 at 14:39