Gorleston Beach

Gorleston Beach - Norfolk
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Visitors come to Gorleston beach for the delightful 2 mile stretch of clean, golden sand which curves around the bay.  It makes a great destination for a traditional bucket-and-spade outing and is not only popular with young families but surfers, body-boarders and kite-flyers.

One of the beach’s draws is the vast expanse of sand when the tide is out - perfect for building sand castles. Other family-friendly credentials include the lifeguard patrol during peak season. Deckchairs and wind breakers are also available to hire.

Just 3 miles from the centre of Great Yarmouth, the resort of Gorleston conjures up an atmosphere of days gone by and offers a quieter, less crowded alternative to the bustle of the beaches at Great Yarmouth.

There are grassy cliffs towards the end of the beach and the Norfolk Coast Path runs from the beach along the cliff tops.  In times of bad weather this path can be closed and signposts will indicate alternative routes for walkers.

A promenade just under one mile in length runs alongside the beach and has a number of benches, allowing strollers to rest while taking in views of the bay.  At the end of the beach nearest the town is a small parade of shops and cafes together with a three-tier viewing platform. There is a paddling pool and a charming pond for sailing model boats, built in 1927.

There are two car parks, one near to the Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, and another halfway along the beach.  Both car parks are free. There is also some roadside parking available along the road at the top of the beach

The beach offers all the facilities a visitor would expect including public and disabled toilets. There is a cafe halfway along the promenade, and at the town end, there are cafes, bars and gift shop. In addition there is good disabled access.

There are restrictions on dog walking during the summer months, with fines, but out of season the beach is dog-friendly, with bins for dog waste.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

You cannot bring dogs to the main section of beach between 1 May and 30 September. However, dogs are allowed on the beach south of the tennis courts all year.

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  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • First aid point
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Slipway

Nearest town

Great Yarmouth


NR31 6DX

OS grid ref.

TG 5303 0315


There is FREE parking (including disabled) available for 30 cars.

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Gorleston Beach Reviews

Beautiful beach.

Aug 24th 2019

Such a lovely day out, the beach looked gorgeous today, The kids played in the water park and had a great time.

lots of dogs on the beach in August

Aug 10th 2020

I had thought that all of Gorleston beach was out of bounds to dogs in the summer and that there were fines.
If this is correct, then we need a warden giving out fines please.
I seemed surrounded by dogs on 7th August in the middle about 300m north of the beach cafe. Most were on a lead, but not all, and I saw one urinating on a child’s sandcastle.

Beautiful beach-

May 24th 2022

Gorgeous sandy beach, spotlessly clean with a variety of eateries. Lovely old fashioned look with a bandstand and grassy cliffs. One of my favourite places

Flea pit

Sep 03rd 2023

I saw a badger eating a banana and the beach was full of hairy women with beards. Reminds me of the Soviet Union in the late 70s.
Best to go to Great Yarmouth for your holiday needs

Beautiful sandy beach

Christine Jackson
Jun 04th 2023

This beach runs for miles. It reminds me of beaches in Devon
It is quieter than some and dog owners can use the South end of the beach.

Lovely beach

Aug 25th 2020

What a lovely beach. Absolutely beautiful with a lovely old fashioned look. The pub on the pier is a lovely place to eat and you get a stunning view from there.  Lovely and sandy