Less than 200 kilometers northeast of London, The City of Great Yarmouth is a busy and popular seaside resort. Although it offers the usual amusements and glitzy thrills one might expect from a resort area, it also offers sedate historic points of interest and beautiful countryside. It has near-complete ancient city walls and buildings dating back several centuries. Visitors with a yen for the supernatural will want to join Eerie Tales and Yarmouth Yarns, a popular ghost walk through the city’s heritage quarter.
History-lovers will want to see the Roman remains of three walls and buttresses located about 800 meters from the Burgh Castle village. The location also affords breathtaking views of Bredon Water. The Port of Great Yarmouth’s Burgh Castle once defended the coast from Saxon raiders. This 3rd Century Roman fort can only be reached by foot, but it has stone walls and catapult towers that recall ancient empires.
The Tolhouse Museum in the Port of Great Yarmouth is one of the country’s oldest prisons. Audio guides are available where the gaoler and prisoners tell their stories, including transportation and execution. This 12th Century merchant’s house has been transformed into one of the city’s most outstanding buildings.
The Caister Castle Car Collection houses one of, if not the, largest private collections of automobiles in the UK. With motor cars from 1893 to today, the collection is held in a moated 15th Century castle on the site of the house where Sir John Falstaff was born. Included in the car collection are Jim Clark’s Grand Prix, the first Ford Fiesta, and Peter Rachman’s Cadillac, to name just a few.
The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre displays jellyfish, moray eels, venomous lionfish, and even some pirates. Visitors can attend interesting and informative talks or watch several feedings each day. The Centre also has a nice restaurant, gift shop, and play area for children.
The Port of Great Yarmouth’s coastline boasts 27 kilometers of clean sandy beaches where visitors can enjoy the beach or seaside amusements, including donkey rides. The beaches are fully-equipped, even offering specially-designed wheelchairs for those who have trouble walking the sands.
Inland from the Port of Great Yarmouth are the 30 Norfolk Broads, a collection of winding rivers, lakes, and untouched natural waterways. The Broads were formed by centuries of excavation for peat and turf that created long pits that later flooded. Today, much of the Broads is protected wetland and sheltering a range of wildlife and birds, and visitors can hire boats or join organized cruises through the Broads to enjoy their wonder.