Great Yarmouth is on a thin stretch of land sandwiched between the North Sea and River Yare. For centuries the town’s links were as strong with maritime Europe as with Norwich and London. Early wealth came from the town's control of the River Yare, which leads inland to Norwich, while its herring industry saw a spectacular boom in the 19th century.
Famously, Robinson Crusoe-author Daniel Defoe thought Great Yarmouth 'infinitely superior to Norwich'. Today, the quayside and the ‘little palaces’ he so admired, is at the heart of Yarmouth’s Heritage Quarter and also where you'll find the town’s excellent museums.
This lived-in, walk-able town is packed with historic buildings from stunning lengths of medieval town wall to the largest parish church in England, and from the quaint Fishermen's Hospital to the imposing town hall. Yarmouth houses England’s second ‘Nelson’s column’ and the Great Yarmouth Heritage Guides will be happy to take you on one of four brilliant tours of the town.
The town’s seafront has been recently smartened up with European funding and includes all the features of a classic British seaside resort – imposing piers, handsome theatres, grand hotels, amusements and gorgeous flower beds.
The town has had a thriving Greek Cypriot community since the 1960s and boasts many fine Greek restaurants alongside a good range of other cuisines. And don't miss the Portuguese cafés, which serve some of the best coffee and cake in Norfolk!
The website Our Great Yarmouth is packed with wonderful archive photos and recollections, all placed online by local people. Yarmouth’s Tourist Information Centre is on Marine Parade, opposite the Marine Centre or you can visit the towns official tourism website.