Beaches in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk that sits between the North Sea and the mouth of the River Yare. It remains is a popular family seaside destination. read more...

The beach guide has 7 beaches listed in and around the town of Great Yarmouth. We have arranged these beaches in order of closest to the town first (distance in brackets).

  • Great Yarmouth Pier Beach (0.4 miles)

    Great Yarmouth Pier © Andy Jamieson | BY-SA

    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…

  • Great Yarmouth Beach (0.7 miles)

    Great Yarmouth © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    South Beach in Great Yarmouth is the generous stretch of sand to the between Wellington Pier and the new outer harbour at the mouth of the River Yare. On a sunny day it is quite a pleasant spot with the sand dunes behind and fine sand. When the sun isn't out you may start to…

  • Power Station Beach (1.6 miles)

    Power Station © Keith Evans

    This beach forms the southern end of the sandy stretch of coastline next to the traditional seaside resort of Great Yarmouth. Here visitors will find a wide stretch of clean, flat, golden sand, backed by low dunes. Behind the dunes lies the power station which somewhat dominates the view and gives the beach its name.…

  • Great Yarmouth North Beach (1.6 miles)

    Great Yarmouth North © John Evans | BY-SA

    Great Yarmouth's North Beach is a delightful wide, sandy beach, backed with low, grassy sand dunes. Just off the coast here, in the North Sea, is the Scroby Sands Wind Farm North Beach is a popular destination for day trippers and walkers.

    A promenade runs alongside much of the beach and there is an attractive boardwalk…

  • South Denes Beach (2.3 miles)

    South Denes © William Pitt | BY-SA

    South Denes beach is the most southerly of Great Yarmouth's beaches and generally escapes the summer crowds of the main town beach. As far as the beach itself goes at South Denes it is pleasant enough. There is plenty of soft sand interspersed with wooden groynes. Most of the beach here is backed by low…

  • Gorleston Beach (2.7 miles)

    Gorleston Beach © Ian S | BY-SA

    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…

  • Caister Point Beach (2.8 miles)

    Caister Point © Paul Buckingham | BY-SA

    Caister Point, in Norfolk, a short walk from Great Yarmouth, is a small, family-friendly resort. The long, tranquil beach is composed of miles of golden sand mixed with pebbles, backed by sand dunes. The beach is much quieter and less popular than some of the nearby beaches. Visitors to Caister Point have a fairly good…

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About Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth is a coastal town in Norfolk that sits between the North Sea and the mouth of the River Yare. It remains is a popular family seaside destination.

Britannia Pier - Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth was originally a major fishing port which thrived during the 1700s. The town also served as a gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. As with many other British seaside towns it developed as a resort during the Victorian and Georgian eras and much of the town features narrow streets with rows of historic houses. Within the town centre area is the market place, the largest of its kind in England. There has been a market here since the 13th century with part of it used for community events and performances.

Much of the Great Yarmouth is built around the seafront. Known as The Golden Mile there is a stretch of sandy beaches, shops and attractions; Marine Parade is known for having 12 amusement arcades within two miles.

Great Yarmouth has two piers; the Wellington Pier with its family entertainment centre and the Britannia Pier, which is grade II listed and home to the Britannia Theatre. This is often home to various traditional shows including acts like Jim Davidson, Chubby Brown and the Chuckle Brothers. Next to the Wellington Pier is the grade II listed Winter Gardens which was built in 1903; it has had various uses over the years including a ballroom, roller skating rink, beer garden and nightclub. However, it is currently closed.

Great Yarmouth beach huts

Family friendly attractions in Great Yarmouth include the Sea Life Centre featuring sharks and other aquatic life. If you are a fan of sealife you may be pleased to know it is not uncommon to see seals swimming off-shore in Great Yarmouth.
At the top of the other things to do list is the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach with its numerous rides, and the exotic animals at Amazonia Reptilarium. For those looking for something a little more historical there is the 13th century Tollhouse complete with dungeons.