Great Yarmouth is located in Norfolk Broads and is a haven for those who love the sea. Flanked on one side by the River Yare and by the North Sea on the other, Great Yarmouth has long been a favourite spot for those who enjoy all the water sports and other adventures the sea has to offer.
In the summer, there are endless ways to spend your days during your holiday in Great Yarmouth. Whilst the sea is a big draw, there are plenty of other activities as well.
The kids will love a visit to Pleasure Beach, a seaside amusement park. There are dozens of rides, games and other attractions. The breeze from the North Sea helps make a day at Pleasure Beach quite enjoyable.
The Tollhouse Museum is amongst the oldest prisons in the country. Visitors can learn what would have happened to various types of criminals throughout the years and take an audio tour where stories from the gallows are shared.
A stroll by the 16th century cottage, the Anna Sewell House, is a must for anyone who grew up loving the book Black Beauty. It was in this cottage that the author was born. The interior of the cottage is not open to visitors.
There is also wonderful shopping and walking tours that allow those on holiday to learn much about Great Yarmouth as knowledgeable guides point out the most important historical attractions.
Nearby Banham is home to the Banham Zoo. Just about a 40 minute drive from Great Yarmouth, the Banham Zoo is home to exotic animals from all over the world. Visitors are able to get up close with many during their visit to this 35 acre park.
The Fairhaven Woodlands and Water Gardens, located in nearby South Walsham, is a botanists dream. With countless rare plants and flowers and a 950 year old oak tree, this is a magical place. When the wildflowers bloom in the spring and summer, they attract many varieties of butterflies.
The summers in Great Yarmouth are the most popular time of year for visitors. With average summer temperatures of around 25 degrees, the days are pleasantly warm without the stifling heat. This makes for the perfect weather for the water sports for which the area is known.
The winters are mild compared to other areas. The average low is about 5 degrees, and snow in the area is extremely rare.
There is also less rainfall that in other places. No month has greater than 5 mm of average rainfall. December and January bring the most rain, about 4mm, whilst July and August bring the least, about 2 mm.
No matter which mode of travel you prefer, getting to Great Yarmouth is quite simple. Visitors may fly into nearby Norwich International Airport (NWI), which is just over 35 km away from Great Yarmouth.
Those wishing to take advantage of budget fares may fly into Stansed Airport (STN) which is a bit more of a journey at 160 km from Great Yarmouth.
The area is very well serviced by the railways. There are a number of rail operators who service the Norfolk Broads and connections can be made from many places in the country.