Top Things to do in Great Yarmouth
When visiting us at Seacroft Holiday Village, it’s handy to know the local attractions and things to do in Great Yarmouth, the nearby seaside town. With a rich history and vibrant tourism, Great Yarmouth is a great place to visit when visiting Hemsby!
A Grade 1 listed building, this landmark was erected between 1817-1819 and is an imposing feature of the Great Yarmouth Sea Front. Featuring a beautiful statue of Britannia atop a globe inscribed with Nelson’s coat of arms motto: ‘Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat’ (or ‘Let him who has merited it take the palm’). The statue of Britannia faces inland, thought to be looking toward Nelson’s birthplace. Standing at an impressive 144ft, the monument is definitely something to see whilst in the seaside town. You can even book a tour to visit the top of the monument!
Photo of Hippodrome Circus by Nick Marshall
The Hippodrome Circus is both an entertaining and historical place to visit in Great Yarmouth. At the right time of year, you can treat yourself to the wonderfully theatrical performances on display whilst experiencing the history of the building. Famously Britain’s only surviving complete Circus Building, the Hippodrome was built in 1903 by George Gilbert, a Circus showman. The Circus has been home to much entertainment over the years, as well as housing a military practice shooting range at one point!
St George’s Theatre
Originally built as a church modelled on St Clement Danes in 1714, St George’s served as a church until 1959. It was re-purposed in the early 70s to preserve the historical Grade 1 building, but closed again in 2006 because of severe structural problems, and remained in an ‘at risk’ status by English Heritage. Fortunately, in 2009 the funds were raised for its restoration and the building now serves as St George’s Theatre! Complete with theatre, plaza, and café bar, St George’s Theatre is the perfect place to experience a piece of Great Yarmouth history whilst also enjoying the fantastic entertainment and food the St George’s Theatre Trust has to offer!
Photo of Abba Tribute act at St George’s Theatre by David Street
Time & Tide Museum
The Time & Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is a wonderfully immersive way to journey through the seaside town’s long and interesting maritime and fishing history. Inside the converted Victorian herring curing works, you’ll find a replica Victorian row and fisherman’s home to transport you to the ‘50s quayside. You can also involve yourself with the variety of active displays and puzzles throughout the museum, as well as information about life in Great Yarmouth in times gone by. There is also a peaceful courtyard full of fishing boats to take a break in, complete with a canopy of sails.
Located in West Caister, a short 10-minute drive from Seacroft Holiday Village or Great Yarmouth, is Yarmouth Stadium. Home to greyhound racing for more than 70 years, the Stadium features a Raceview Restaurant where you can experience the races whilst enjoying great food! With meetings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the restaurant features fourteen 50” plasma screens and takes bets directly from your table! You can also watch the racing from the trackside if you prefer, and the stadium also hosts a variety of motor events as well, from Hot Rod to Banger racing.
See our guide on things to do in Norwich here.
Information correct at time of publication. Please check with service provider before travelling for correct price and information. Last reviewed 07 March 2017.
All photos courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council.