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Tourism

Tourism is one of Great Yarmouth’s greatest assets, with visitors bringing more than £591 million into the local economy each year and the sector employing 30% of the local workforce.

There are more than 1400 businesses involved in the tourism industry locally, either directly or indirectly. More than 60 individual tourist attractions operate in the borough of Great Yarmouth, ranging from theme parks to wildlife gardens, an aquarium, adventure golf courses, a permanent circus, theatres and several museums.

Around 70,000 bed spaces are available for visitors at a mix of serviced and self catering accommodation providers, including large national companies such as Haven and Park Dean who both have several holiday parks in the borough. Leisureplex and GrandUKHolidays have hotels in the resort catering specifically for coach operators. The majority of serviced accommodation is provided by independent operators.

The borough council and Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area Ltd, work to support businesses in the tourism sector and to attract additional visitors to the area by promoting the borough widely using a variety of marketing methods including a popular website, TV advertising, radio advertising, digital campaigns featuring short films and together with other partners, by staging and developing events including a popular Maritime Festival.

With miles of sandy beaches, the Golden Mile, the Broads, and an enviable choice of other attractions and accommodation, Great Yarmouth is the destination of choice for around 6 million people every season, visiting for holidays, day trips and short breaks.

Great Yarmouth’s rich cultural heritage including herring fishing, international naval history and links with Admiral Lord Nelson, are the perfect complement to a seaside holiday, or relaxing break on the Broads.

Tourism businesses in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Market

Great Yarmouth Market

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

07795 428167

Great Yarmouth Market is open from Monday to Saturday. Market Days take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays (plus Fridays from Whitsun to October) with a huge variety of additional stalls and wares on offer from fashion to garden accessories.

Merrivale Model Village

Merrivale Model Village

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 842097

One of Great Yarmouth's best loved family attractions, is set in over an acre of award winning landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls, lake with Koi Carp, garden railway & picnic area.

Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

01493 844585

The Pleasure Beach Great Yarmouth situated on the seafront, is a 9-acre amusement park featuring many rides and attractions.

Splashpad

Gorleston Splashpad

Gorleston-on-Sea (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 846346

Splashpad at Gorleston-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth is a fun wet play area for children with fountain sprays, jet streams and buckets of tipping water.

The Tower

The Tower

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

01493 851530

The Tower Complex, Great Yarmouth, is an all-in-one leisure & entertainment complex. Fun family activities, Jurassic Journey, a viewing tower, eateries, clubs & bars and live entertainment are all under one roof.

Pleasure Beach Gardens

Pleasure Beach Gardens

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

01493 844585

Pleasure Beach Gardens, Great Yarmouth, has plenty to entertain youngsters and the young at heart including a variety of amusements, junior driving activities, 12 hole adventure golf and shoot out football and water fun games.

Yarmouth Stadium

Yarmouth Stadium

Great Yarmouth (2 miles, 3 km)

01493 720343

When it comes to sport which is fast & furious, Yarmouth Stadium in Great Yarmouth is the place to be. Greyhound racing action takes place every Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

Castle Carvery

Castle Carvery

Caister-on-Sea (3 miles, 5 km)

 01493 728933

Castle Carvery (Caister), Great Yarmouth is a great place to enjoy a drink with family & friends, or a meal in our restaurant. We also have great indoor & outdoor play areas for the kids.

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 330631

Dive into the underwater world of SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and be wowed by the many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to tropical sharks.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

01493 842527

Great Yarmouth Racecourse hosts flat racing fixtures every month from April through to October. The excellent facilities are also available for weddings, conferences, Christmas parties, balls , banquets, concerts and other events.

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hirsty's Family Fun Park

Hemsby (6 miles, 9 km)

07771 605797

Hirsty's Fun Park near Great Yarmouth is fun for all the family. Activities include go-karts, haybale mountains, swings, football game, crazy croquet and Maizeys snack shack. During summer get lost and found in our unique maze of maize!

Marina Centre Tropical Pool (Indoor Swimming)

Marina Leisure & Fitness Centre

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 851521

Come & visit the Marina Leisure Centre in Great Yarmouth with their beach style leisure pool with wave machine, slide and fun sessions with the giant wipeout inflatable weekdays during school holidays and every weekend throughout the year.

Time & Tide Courtyard Demonstration

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 743930

Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of the area from its ice age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950's fish wharf.

Showtime at Gorleston Pavilion

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre

Gorleston-on-Sea (3 miles, 4 km)

01493 662832

The Gorleston Pavilion is an original Edwardian seaside theatre situated on the East coast of Norfolk and offers unique seating at cabaret style candle-lit tables.

The Hippodrome Circus

The Hippodrome Circus

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 844172

The Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth, built in 1903, Britain's last stand alone circus building hosting spectacular productions during Easter, Summer, Halloween & Christmas seasons. Featuring international circus artistes.

Palace Casino - Amusement Arcade

Palace Casino

Hemsby (6 miles, 10 km)

01493 731002

Palace Casino in Hemsby, Great Yarmouth is an amusement arcade with a great range of games and machines, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse

The Tolhouse Gaol

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

01493 858900

Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here.

Thurne Mill

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

Great Yarmouth (9 miles, 15 km)

01692 672155

Fritton Owl Sanctuary

Fritton Owl Sanctuary

Great Yarmouth (5 miles, 8 km)

07951 786069

Fritton Owl Sanctuary, accessed via Fritton Plant Centre, is a small, free to visit sanctuary that provides shelter and care for unwanted and injured owls, where possible rehabilitating sick native owls to release them back into the wild.

Great Yarmouth Painting & Arts

Great Yarmouth Painting & Arts

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

01493 850585

Great Yarmouth Painting & Arts is the perfect place to learn something new from renowned local artist Ernie Childs. Painting classes available in various mediums Tuesday & Wednesday mornings, please telephone for more details.

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