The Beach Guide

Great Yarmouth Pier Beach

Great Yarmouth Pier Beach - Norfolk

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There are two piers in Great Yarmouth, the Britannia Pier and the Wellington Pier. Both originals were built in the mid- 19th century but have since been replaced and modernised. Both piers are well worth a visit by those spending any time at this fine beach.

This area of Great Yarmouth provides everything that you would expect from a lively British seaside resort.

The beach itself is a vast expanse of excellent quality sand. A lifeguard service operates during the summer months and the excellent water quality and clean, golden sands make this a popular destination for those fancying a dip in the North Sea or for families with young children who will enjoy playing with bucket and spades.

In summer a wide variety of entertainments are organised on the beach. There are boat trips, football and volleyball matches and more.

The nostalgic Britannia Pier gets very lively. There is a performing arts theatre and a wide variety of arcades, rides and other entertainments on offer.

The Pleasure Beach, which opens for the season towards the end of March has an original 1932 roller-coaster together with traditional rides for young visitors as well as white-knuckle rides for older thrill-seekers. The Pleasure Beach attracts over a million visitors annually.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

The beach is cleaned regularly and dogs are banned during the summer months.

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Pier

    Nearest town

    Great Yarmouth


    NR30 2ER

    OS grid ref.

    TG 5325 0750

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Quality Coast Award

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