Places to explore

In recent history Great Yarmouth has become a popular seaside resort with its town centre as the commercial and cultural hub of a borough serving nearly 100,000 residents and more than 6.5 million visitors each year.

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It also has a rich and proud maritime heritage and its prosperous herring fishery once made it one of the wealthiest towns in Britain and as a result there are lots of beautiful, ancient buildings to see in the town centre and around the historic South Quay as well as England’s second most complete medieval Town Wall.

St. George's Theatre

Erected in 1714, St. Georges Theatre was originally built as a chapel-of-ease for St. Nichola’s Church. The building was made redundant in the 1950’s, however was later converted into a theatre in 1972. Since then the theatre has been home to local drama groups, professional touring acts, live music and festivals and more recently a community cinema.

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The Minster Church of St Nicholas

Founded by Herbert de Losinga (Bishop of Norwich) in 1101, St Nicholas' church was built as a penance for an act of simony. It is the largest parish church in the country and one of the oldest buildings in Great Yarmouth. The Minster offers weekly worship, baptisms, weddings and funerals, as well as hosting many exciting concerts and events throughout the year. The Minster is usually open to visitors daily from 10am to 1pm and is also home to a café offering light refreshments.

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St. George's Park

Adjacent to the centre of Great Yarmouth, St. George's Park is a fabulous green area connecting town with seafront and the perfect place to relax. At the western end of the park, Great Yarmouth's war memorial is surrounded by lovely rose gardens and several park benches. A large green space (perfect for a kid's sunny day kick-about!) leads to the nautically themed children's play area at the eastern end, towards the seafront. Plenty of park benches line the paved footpaths, with seasonal planting in flower all year round. The park is well lit at night and recycling bins and information boards with details about 'What’s On'’ locally can be found at either the town centre or seafront entrances.

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The Town Wall

Great Yarmouth town has one of the best preserved and most complete Medieval town walls in England, dating from 28 September 1261 when King Henry III granted Yarmouth the right to enclose the town with a wall and a ditch to protect them from pirates and ensure taxes could be collected. As a Scheduled Ancient Monument, large sections of these walls and eleven towers still survive today. Great Yarmouth Borough Council offer heritage guided walks around the town from April to October, including one which explores the full history of our Medieval town wall!

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The Fisherman’s Hospital

Situated on the Market Square, this unique building was founded by the Corporation of Great Yarmouth in 1702. The hospital was set up as almshouses for ‘decayed’ fishermen and their wives who could no longer provide for themselves. The hospital has long since been converted into private residences but remains visible from the market place and definitely worth a visit.

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Elizabethan House Museum

This charming merchant’s house, located at the heart of ‘Heritage Quarter’ on the quayside, was built around 1596 by Benjamin Cowper. Over the years the building has been subject to various alterations and changes of use until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1949. The museum gives children a real hands-on feel of Elizabethan life and a fantastic learning opportunity for them to explore what life would have been like as a Tudor!

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Great Yarmouth Library

This fantastic hub of the community is located on Tolhouse Street and offers a wide range of services for locals and visitors alike. The library offers all the usually services including books for loan, free computer access, WiFi and printing. The library also hosts regular events including exercise classes, friendship groups, family activities, gardening and craft groups.

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The Palace Casino

The Palace Casino on Church Plain offers a fantastic all-round gaming experience with everything you need for a fantastic night out! Palace has the largest range of gaming tables and variety of stakes in the area and hosts regular bingo sessions. The venue includes a restaurant and bar as well as ample parking.

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