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Great Yarmouth beach guide

Relax and enjoy our soft, clean, sandy beaches all year round. The Great Yarmouth coastline stretches along 15 miles of beautiful sandy beach, past sand dunes and seaside amusements, taking in donkey rides and bouncy castles from Winterton-on-Sea in the north to Hopton-on-Sea in the South.

The wide, clean, sandy beaches are some of the most beautiful stretches of beach in East Anglia, with miles of soft sand even at high tide. Our beaches are perfect for lazing the days away in summer, a paddle in our 'excellent' rated bathing waters and just as ideal for walking at any time of the year.

The key focal points on Great Yarmouth seafront separating miles of sandy beach are the two piers. At the northern end the Britannia Pier stands proudly above the beach, while donkey rides take place below in the summer season.

The Wellington Pier, further along Marine Parade towards the southern end of the strip is open all year round, with amusment arcades and a fantastic ten-pin bowling alley at the end of the pier. 

Beach huts are available to hire on Great Yarmouth beach and along Gorleston promenade.

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Explore 11 fabulous beaches along the Great Yarmouth coastline

Great Yarmouth Central Beach

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Great Yarmouth's Central Beach is a glorious sandy beach between Britannia and Wellington Piers adjacent to Marine Parade and makes the ideal location for a family day at the seaside.

Great Yarmouth North Beach

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Great Yarmouth's North Beach is a glorious sandy beach to the north of the seafront. Wide sand dunes, perfect for dog walking at any time of year, leading to a quiet, wide sandy beach facing towards Scroby Sands Wind Farm.

Great Yarmouth South Beach

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Great Yarmouth's South Beach is to the south of Wellington Pier. The wide sandy beach with its grassy sand dunes is ideal for families who want a quieter stretch of beach while still being close to all of the attractions and amenities.

Caister North Beach


Caister on Sea's North Beach near Great Yarmouth has a long concrete esplanade and sand dunes leading to a wide sandy, golden beach.

Scratby Beach

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Scratby Beach near Great Yarmouth is a wide curving, ochre-coloured, quiet sand and shingle beach found at the base of low sand cliffs. Perfect for long walks with the dog or without from autumn to spring or for long lazy days in summer.

Caister South Beach


Caister's South Beach near Great Yarmouth starts from behind Caister's Independent Lifeboat Station. Wide dunes lead down to a glorious, golden, sandy beach.

California Beach

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California Beach near Great Yarmouth is a lovely, wide, sand and shingle beach at the bottom of low sandy cliffs, merging with Scratby Beach. Peaceful and picturesque part of the coastline accessed via steep steps.

Hopton-on-Sea Beach

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Hopton-on-Sea Beach near Great Yarmouth is a lovely sandy beach stretching down the coast towards Suffolk. The wide sandy beach is punctuated with groynes and runs alonside low grassy cliffs.

Winterton-on-Sea Beach

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Winterton-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth has mile upon mile of pale, sandy beach and sand dunes stretching into the distance.

Hemsby Beach


Hemsby Beach, near Great Yarmouth is a lively village resort with shops, amusements, attractions and cafes. The stunning golden, wide sandy beach with its grassy sand dunes makes this a popular choice with visitors.

Gorleston-on-Sea Beach


Gorleston-on-Sea Beach, near Great Yarmouth. Grassy cliffs with pitch & putt, bowling greens, tennis and basketball courts, trim trail, children's playground and gardens leading down via slopes or stairs to a long promenade.

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Great Yarmouth's Golden Mile is said to be found between the two piers, Britannia Pier to the north and Wellington Pier to the south, although strictly speaking, it really isn't a mile between them and there's plenty more fun to be found further south.

Built in 1854, the Wellington Pier was only the seventh pier to be constructed in Britain. Following significant reconstruction in 2008 the pier is a fun family entertainment zone with a bright and airy ten-pin bowling alley with diner, a large amusement arcade and is beautifully illuminated after dark.

The Britannia Pier has a traditional end of the pier funfair, a showbar and theatre, which has some great acts in summer. Stalls with all sorts of traditional seaside games and food, line its wood-slatted walkway.

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