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Discover all sorts of animal, bird and marine animal attractions in Great Yarmouth

Everyone knows that the great British public loves animals, and spotting a furry red panda high in the trees, a majestic tiger prowling in the bushes or an exotic-looking shark gliding through the water is always really exciting. All our Great Yarmouth nature reserves and most of our local animal attractions can be visited all year round, so you can see the wildlife at all stages of the annual life cycle.

Animal attractions and nature reserves in Great Yarmouth

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

Thrigby Hall, Filby, Norfolk, NR29 3DR

01493 369477

Reopen 4 July! Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, near Great Yarmouth has a 250-year-old landscaped garden, a play area and a wide selection of Asian mammals, birds and reptiles including tigers, crocodiles and storks.

Africa Alive!

Kessingland, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7TF

01502 740291

Reopen 4 July! Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive! Explore the sights and sounds of Africa discovering lions, giraffe, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent!

Pensthorpe Natural Park

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN

01328 851465

Pensthorpe Natural Park is an award winning, family friendly nature reserve, with 700 acres of wildlife, gardens, conservation projects and nature-inspired outdoor and indoor adventure play.

Banham Zoo

Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2HE

01953 887771 

Reopen 4 July! There’s so much to see and do at Banham Zoo and always something new to discover! See tigers, leopards, sea lions, giraffe, monkeys and so much more! The question is what will you do first?

Pettitts Animal Adventure Park

Church Road, Reedham, Norfolk, NR13 3UA

01493 700094

Now Open! Pettitts Animal Adventure Park near Great Yarmouth is best described as Norfolk's Premier Family Park. Meet animals from around the world, discover our adventure rides and enjoy our play areas!

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3AH

01493 330631

Reopen 4 July! Explore an incredible underwater world at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth & get closer than ever before to over 1500 creatures & features of the world's oceans! From the colourful to the curious, the majestic to the mystical, get...

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

School Road, South Walsham, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ

01603 270449

Reopen 6 July! 130 acres of ancient woodland with over 3.5 miles of paths. We have a tearoom, gift shop, bird hide, children's nature trail & plant sales area. We also have events all year round - details can be found on our website.

Camel Park Oasis

Orchard Farm, Cratfield Road, Linstead, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0DT

07836 734748

Reopen 28 June! Farm attraction with lots of fun and interest for all the family. Meet camels, llamas, alpacas, goats and donkeys. Join in the cuddle- a-pet and feeding sessions with our smaller animals.

Fritton Owl Sanctuary

Fritton Plant Centre, Beccles Road, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9EX

07951 786069

Reopen 10am-4pm Fritton Owl Sanctuary, accessed via Fritton Plant Centre.A small, free to visit sanctuary provides shelter & care for unwanted & injured owls, where possible rehabilitating sick native owls to release them back into the wild


Winterton-on-Sea, Winterton on Sea, Great Yarmouth, NR29 4DD

Winterton Dunes Nature reserve is a bird-watchers delight and a haven for wildlife with tern and seal colonies in residence, along with the rare Natterjack toad.


The Waterside Rollesby, Main Road, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5EF

01493 740531

The Waterside in Rollesby, Great Yarmouth is a great place to observe the wonderful wildlife that visits the Trinity Broads using the boats, the terrace or from the specially designed bird hide.

Nature Reserve

The Waterside Rollesby, Main Road, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5EF

01493 740531

The Waterside in Rollesby, Great Yarmouth is a great place to observe the wonderful wildlife that visits the Trinity Broads using the boats, the terrace or from the specially designed bird hide.

The Waterside Rollesby

Main Road, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 5EF

01493 740531

Currently closed. Re-open in August. The Waterside Rollesby - a boating, wildlife, leisure & dining experience not to be missed! Enjoy a fun & informative guided tour of the Broad on the Edwardian launch, 'Gentleman Jim' (approx 30 minutes)

NWT Martham Broad

The Staithe, West Somerton, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 4EB

Martham Broads are a National Nature Reserve on the River Thurne near Great Yarmouth, located within the Broads National Park about 2km north of the village of Martham next to West Somerton.

Redwings Caldecott Visitor Centre

Caldecott Hall, Beccles Road, Fritton, Norfolk, NR31 9EY

0870 040 0033

For a FREE and fun family day out, visit Redwings Caledcott and meet friendly rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules nose-to-nose. Redwings Caldecott is the rescue charity's largest visitor centre with over 100 residents.

RSPB Berney Marshes & Breydon Water

Nr. Berney Arms Railway Station, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 4PZ

01603 715191

Berney Marshes alongside the Breydon Water estuary in Great Yarmouth is a wonderfully unspoilt RSPB nature reserve. Experience the spectacle of the tens of thousands of wintering birds that visit the estuary and surrounding grazing marshes.


Fritton, Fritton, Great Yarmouth, UK

Fritton is a small village to the south west of Great Yarmouth near to the border with Suffolk. Fritton is surrounded by woodland, marshes and near a private lake, Fritton Decoy. A great location for bird-watching.


Filby Bridge Restaurant, Main Road, Filby, Norfolk, NR29 3AA

01493 368142

Filby Bridge Restaurant at Filby near Great Yarmouth sits on the Filby Broad and is a perfect venue for a spot of bird-watching.


The Boathouse, Eels Foot Road, Ormesby St. Michael, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR29 3LP

01493 730342

The Boathouse in Ormesby near Great Yarmouth, a stunning waterside venue which lends itself beautifully to bird-watching on the banks of the Ormesby Broad.

A Drop in the Ocean - Behind the Scenes at the Sea Life Centre

Local animal attractions to visit

Thrigby Wildlife Gardens to the north of Great Yarmouth near the flowery village of Filby hosts a rare collection of Asian mammals, well worth a visit at any time of the year. The tree-top walk is an unsual place from which to see tigers up close, there are several species of monkey chattering away and some absolutely stunning leopards. You might even spot a new-born baby animal as like most zoos, Thrigby takes it's conservation role very seriously. You can find out more about the incredible man who set up the zoo in our short film below. 

Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre is also open all year round, and is a hugely popular place to visit with displays and exhibitions changing every year. The centre is also hugely into conservation and has several breeding programmes, including one for seahorses and special incubation units for sting rays. Their marine biologist, local lad Daz tells his story in the short film above. 

To the south of Great Yarmouth in Caldecott, Redwings Horse Sanctuary and the Fritton Owl Sanctuary just further along the A143 in nearby Fritton are well worth a visit, both are free to enter and are open all year round, but do check opening days and times before you set off. 

Set in the Norfolk countryside on the edge of the Broads, there are several nature reserves in and around Great Yarmouth, well worth a visit if you're a bird watcher or enjoy walking. There are some great walks in the area and in particular next to river banks and near the Trinity Broads, sites of special scientific interest where unique habitiats for wildlife exist.

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Otters at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens

At Home in the Wild - Behind the Scenes at Thrigby Wildlife Gardens

More animal attractions in the nearby area

In nearby Kessingland to the south of Great Yarmouth, just as you arrive in Lowestoft, Africa Alive is a fabulous zoo with it's focus firmly on animals from the African savannahs. Lions, white rhinos, giraffes, hyenas and zebras can all be seen.

Africa Alive's sister wildlife park, Banham Zoo near Attleborough is an amazing zoo, with lions, tigers, leopards, giraffe and a huge birds of prey arena, with displays several times a day. Both zoos are open all year round and have superb keeper talks throughout the day where you can learn more about the animals.

Pettitts Animal Adventure is a lovely petting zoo near Reepham, with the chance to get up close and personal with smaller animals, as well as see talks and displays.

Norfolk is a large county with many opportunities to explore the local nature, with RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and National Trust and Natural England reserves in several locations.

Hirsty's Family Fun Park is also well worth a visit at Easter, in high summer or during October half term with the chance to learn all about farm animals.

Many of the animal parks and aquariums have great value annual passes, perfect for presents and ideal if you're planning on coming back several times in the year.

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Giraffes at Africa Alive

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