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Coast: Norfolk beaches

Great Yarmouth beach
Great Yarmouth beach

Beach guide: Great Yarmouth

Kiss-me-quick-hats, the Pleasure Beach, the Hippodrome Circus, golden beaches, a fascinating history and heritage quarter - it must be Great Yarmouth.

Fact file

  • Dogs are banned from the main beach between Spring Bank Holiday and the end of September
  • There is plenty of pay and display parking near the beach
  • The Young Citizens Guild operate a tagging scheme for young children. A wristband is fitted to enable the police and YCG to trace a child's address if they become lost
  • The beach has lifeguards and first aid is available
  • People with disabilities can hire rough terrain wheelchairs for use on the beach.  Contact Tourist Information on 01493 842195

Great Yarmouth is loud, bright and brash and is one of Britain's most popular seaside resorts.

The resort has a long, soft, sandy beach. The main beach between the two piers is wide but the tide doesn't go out very far.

Great Yarmouth came third in the top five beaches for sandcastle building in 2004, when scientists visited popular beach resorts in Britain to collect sand samples.

The beach, which is managed by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, was awarded the Blue Flag for cleanliness and visitor facilities for the first time in 2004, but unfortunately failed to retain the accolade this year.

Family entertainment

Entertainment is on tap with amusement arcades, nightclubs and the Pleasure Beach. There are boat trips, organised football, trampolines, inflatable slides and bouncy castles plus crazy golf courses.

There are toilets on the promenade. Water taps are available but no public showers. The beach huts are privately-owned.

Yarmouth is popular with families
Yarmouth is popular with families

There's plenty to do on rainy days with numerous entertainment venues, amusement arcades, rides and shops.

Both piers have theatres: the Britannia and the Wellington - although the Wellington Theatre is now closed.

The Pleasure Beach with its numerous rides including the world's oldest wooden roller coaster, is close to the Wellington Pier.

There are lifeguards between the piers and a lifeboat serves the area. They're on duty from spring bank holiday until the end of September. First aid is available.

Disabled access

There are steep ramps on to the beach - assistance may be required to use them.

The sand is very soft which could cause problems. There is wheelchair access to the beach huts. There are spaces for blue badge holders in the main pay-and-display car parks.

last updated: 20/06/05
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