Best Beaches in Norfolk; Great Yarmouth Beach, A Fun-Filled Day Out by the Seaside

By Fabulous • Discover

The Great Yarmouth coastline stretches along 15 miles of beautiful sandy beach with two piers, sand dunes & seaside amusements!

This makes it a famous family holiday destination where you can visit at any time of the year and keep everyone entertained.

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Nestled on the East coast of England, this bustling seaside town is renowned for its sandy shores, vibrant atmosphere, and a plethora of attractions that cater to both families and couples. A great day out!

Great Yarmouth beach: The perfect family friendly seaside day out.

Great Yarmouth Beach is a haven for beach lovers of all ages. Stretching for miles, this golden sandy shoreline offers ample space for visitors to bask in the sun, build sandcastles, or take leisurely strolls along the promenade.

With its gentle slope into the sea, the beach is perfect for paddling and swimming, making it safe and enjoyable for families with young children. The calming sound of the waves crashing on the shore creates a soothing backdrop for relaxation and the expansive beachfront provides plenty of room for beach games and picnics.

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and the wealth of attractions that surround it. Families and couples alike can enjoy an array of amusements, arcades, and funfair rides along the bustling seafront.

The pleasure pier, which extends into the North Sea, offers stunning views and hosts various entertainment options. Additionally, the Sea Life Centre and Joyland, a traditional amusement park, are popular choices for those looking to add a touch of adventure to their day at the beach.

So grab your bucket and spade, book a holiday cottage and join us to discover the fun filled bustling seaside resort of Great Yarmouth!

Best Beaches in Norfolk; Great Yarmouth Beach, The Ideal Destination for a Fun-Filled Day Out by the Sea
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Great Yarmouth, why you should visit:

Great Yarmouth is famous as an all year round, family holiday destination bursting with fun things to do, arcades, rides and attractions stretching along the famous Golden Mile and the huge expanse of pristine beach. Discover why visiting Great Yarmouth beach is key to your Norfolk adventures, heres our top five reasons why this seaside resort deserves a spot on your must-visit bucket list:

  • Britannia Pier for Classic Seaside Entertainment: Britannia Pier is an iconic landmark offering traditional seaside entertainment, including thrilling amusement rides, a theatre hosting live shows, and vibrant arcades. It’s the perfect spot for a dose of nostalgia and family-friendly fun.
  • The Venetian Waterways: A picturesque and tranquil haven that transports visitors to a different world. These historic waterways, dating back to the 1920s, feature ornate bridges, lush gardens, and serene boating ponds. A stroll through the Venetian Waterways offers a peaceful escape and a glimpse into the town’s rich heritage.
  • Joyland for Vintage Amusement Park Charm: Joyland is a beloved vintage amusement park that has been delighting visitors for generations. Its whimsical rides, such as the Snails and Tyrolean Tub Twist, make it a charming and nostalgic destination for couples and families.
  • Sea Life Great for Marine Marvels: Dive into an underwater world at Sea Life Great Yarmouth, where you can encounter fascinating marine creatures up close. It’s an educational and awe-inspiring experience for all ages, making it a must-visit attraction.
  • Time and Tide Museum for Maritime Heritage: Immerse yourself in the maritime history of Great Yarmouth at the Time and Tide Museum. Explore interactive exhibits, see historic fishing boats, and gain a deeper appreciation for the town’s seafaring past.

Feeling adventurous? Here’s some suggestions to plan your Norfolk adventure:

Best Beaches in Norfolk; Great Yarmouth Beach, The Ideal Destination for a Fun-Filled Day Out by the Sea
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Great Yarmouth beach; your questions answered

Great Yarmouth beach is located close to the Norfolk, Suffolk border on East Anglia’s East coast. The main A47 from Norwich runs right through the town. From the South, the A143 Bury St Edmunds will take you to the heart of the town. The beach is very well sign posted from which ever direction you approach. Enter this postcode into your sat nav NR39 1ED, this will take you to the central part of the beach on North Drive.

There is no shortage of parking at Great Yarmouth Beach, all operate a chargeable pay and display system with short and long stay options. Euston Road car park is on North Drive (NR30 1ED) and recommended if you wish to park away from the main amusement area. Anchor Garden car park (NR30 2EJ) is close to Britannia Pier on Marine Parade, this in the heart of the action. At the far end you’ll find Pleasure Beach car park (NR30 3EH) ideal for the fun fair and beach. Safe to say, even in high season you’ll find somewhere to park, right on the beach.

Toilet facilities at Great Yarmouth beach are plentiful and what you would expect from a large seaside resort. There are a number dotted along the seafront, one very close to Britannia Pier, another near the Sea Life centre and in just about every cafe on the promenade.

Dogs are very welcome at Great Yarmouth beach however as you would expect, there are just a few restrictions during the summer months. General guidance is, the central beach between Wellington Pier and Britannia Pier has restrictions for dogs between 1st May and 30th September and is well sign posted. You can of course walk your pooch all along the promenade. We recommend the North beach, this to the left of Britannia Pier, this has no restrictions all year round. There you’ll find grassy sand dunes and plenty of open space for your pup to scamper about.

Great Yarmouth beach is a haven for families and very child friendly, with wide expanses of golden sands that remain untouched by the sea even at high tide. Full of activities for the kids and with the promenade running alongside with it’s range of shops, cafe’s and ice-cream vendors makes the ideal place for the family. Ramps down to the beach are available at several locations and lifeguards are in operation between April and September which is very reassuring. If you do fancy a dip in the sea, the waters at Great Yarmouth are rated excellent.

Great Yarmouth beach crowds can vary significantly depending on the time of year, weather conditions, and local events. Typically, Great Yarmouth beach tends to be more crowded during the summer months, especially on sunny weekends and school holidays. The beach and sand dunes however stretch along 15 miles so there is plenty of space for everyone!

Great Yarmouth beach is generally suitable for swimming during the summer months when the weather is warm. Be aware of the tides and currents, which can be strong at times. It’s important to pay attention to any warning flags or signs posted by lifeguards. If there are strong currents or dangerous conditions, it may not be safe to swim.

Great Yarmouth beach typically has lifeguards on duty during the summer season which is 1st July until 3rd of September. These trained professionals monitor the water and can provide assistance if needed between 10am and 6pm. It’s a good idea to swim in areas patrolled by lifeguards for added safety.

Yes, it’s possible to see seals near Great Yarmouth beach. The coast of Norfolk, where Great Yarmouth is located, is known for its seal populations, there are seal watching trips from Lowestoft to Great Yarmouth.
Scroby Sands is home to lots of Seals, which can only be viewed from a boat, there are various boat trips that go from Great Yarmouth Seafront out to Scroby, to view the seals basking in the sunshine or the more inquisitive ones that come and swim alongside the boat.

To help plan your visit and stay safe, take a look at the tide times at Great Yarmouth beach on the Tideschart website>

What is the all important weather like for your visit to Great Yarmouth beach? Stay up to date on the BBC weather website >

How do I stay safe on the beach?

Check the tide times before your visit, follow the safety signs on the beach. Don’t use inflatables at sea. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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Holiday cottages, homes & hideaways near Great Yarmouth beach

For those seeking a convenient stay while exploring the beauty of Great Yarmouth Beach, holiday cottages, homes, and luxury hideaways provide the perfect accommodation option. Nestled in the bustling coastal town and its surroundings, these properties offer a wide range of choices to suit every holiday makers preferences.

From traditional Norfolk luxury cottages to modern beachfront homes, the variety of accommodations ensures that visitors can find the ideal setting for their beach getaway.

There is also a fantastic selection of dog-friendly Norfolk holiday cottages, ensuring that every member of the family can join in the fun.

So grab your four legged friend and the family and lets explore fabulous Great Yarmouth and its wonderful beach!

Here’s a selection of nearby, popular holiday destinations to help get you started:

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