The coastal town of Great Yarmouth has been a popular seaside resort since 1760. Once completely dependent on the fishing industry, mainly herring, the town has expanded to have an offshore natural gas rig, a popular beach and two promenades.
One of the major attractions in Great Yarmouth is the beach. The beach is fifteen miles of sandy beaches. This beautiful clean beach has sand dunes, amusements, donkey rides, and bouncy castles. You can lounge on the beach all day or play on the attractions. Great Yarmouth believes that anyone should be able to enjoy the beaches and attractions so they have designed the beach to accommodate wheelchairs.
The seaside amusements are a big draw for those who want to go to the beach but not sunbathe, or those who have had their fun at the beach and are ready for more fun. The seaside amusements include three casinos, amusement arcades for both families and adults. There are slots, casinos, and state of the art video-simulation games, children's rides, and skill games.
Another big draw is the piers. Great Yarmouth is home to three piers. The Britannia Pier is above the beach and overlooks donkey rides below. If you look between the Britannia Pier and the jetty you can see the seals leaving the shore. Britannia Pier was built in 1858 and it has been renovated multiple times, twice from being cut in two and four times from fires.
The Jetty is another pier that was built originally in the 16th century. It is popular for fishermen and a great place to see the fireworks in the summer.
The last pier is the Wellington Pier. Located closer to the southern end of the strip, Wellington Pier was built in 1854 and was the seventh pier constructed. It is home to bowling allies and floor to ceiling windows so visitors can see the waves.
There are also an expanse of museums and period properties. The Elizabethan House is a museum domestic life in the 16th century Great Yarmouth. The home used to be home to an important Tudor merchant.
The Norfolk Nelson Museum is another popular stop. The museum explores the life and times of Lord Admiral Nelson.
Another stop that is popular is St Nicholas Church. Founded In 1011 this medieval church is home to stained glass, tapestries, painted and gilded walls. In 1664 this large church was divided into three parts, with arches bricked up two feet deep. The Puritans were ejected from the church in 1660 but the church wasn't restored until over two hundred years later. It was gutted in 1942 and was then re built in 1961 and is now open to visitors from 10 to 2 during the weekday and 10 to noon on Saturdays.
Great Yarmouth is a great place for visitors to unwind
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