A local’s guide to the thrills and spills of East Anglia’s most popular seaside resort
The Tourist Information Centre in Great Yarmouth is located at Maritime House, 25
Marine Parade; and is open 7 days a week during the summer months from 9.30am to
Whether for a brief splash of the boots or a damn, good clear out, you’ll find free,
clean toilets all over Great Yarmouth. On Marine Parade, there are loos near the
Bowling Greens and the Marina Centre, while in the town centre you’ll find toilets
at the Market Gates Shopping Centre and hidden away on the Conge (just off the market
LOCAL BUS TRAVEL
The Market Gates Shopping Centre is the hub of the local bus network - and tourists
should look for the electronic information point opposite KFC and McDonald’s to find
times of direct buses to nearby Lowestoft, Hemsby, Norwich and Gorleston-on-Sea.
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Need to get somewhere in a hurry, or a ride home from a big night out? Call Albies
Taxis on 01493 331111 or Anglia Taxis on 01493 855855. Both companies have a selection
of vehicles suitable for the lone traveller, couples or even larger groups.
LOCAL TRAIN TRAVEL
Great Yarmouth Train Station is situated on Acle New Road and runs hourly services
to and from Norwich from early in the morning till late at night. Services are operated
by Greater Anglia and advance ticket purchases can be made at www.greateranglia.co.uk.
If arriving to Great Yarmouth by train and planning to walk into town, then simply
head over the old iron bridge and up the Conge to reach the town centre. But if you’ve
got too many suitcases, then expect to see taxis waiting outside the main entrance.
Additional train services, of a much more fun kind, are available on the seafront
where a number of mini trains will take you up and down the promenade. They also
take holidaymakers to and from the Seashores Holiday Park.
It’s a lot of hassle lugging around a couple of deckchairs and a windbreak, but you
needn’t worry about bringing your own beach items all the way to Great Yarmouth.
There are deckchairs and windbreaks for hire at various places along the beach, so
why not go see Julie at her colourful stand (pictured) just beside Britannia Pier
or Dusty who has been hiring out deckchairs and sun loungers near Wellington Pier
for over 50 years?
GREAT YARMOUTH BEACH HUTS
And just opposite Dusty’s legendary deckchair hire hut, keep an eye out for the Beach
House Cafe. It’s not only the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea or a 99 ice
cream, but it’s also home to Great Yarmouth’s only row of beach huts. There are 14
in total and they’re all available for hire from the cafe, so if you don’t like the
thought of changing into your trunks or bikini on the busy sands, then why not treat
yourself to some luxury and privacy? And don’t worry - Great Yarmouth is nowhere
near as snooty or up its own anus as nearby Southwold of beach hut fame. There, you
need to take out a mortgage and go on a 20-year waiting list to get yourself a beach
hut. Here, you can just walk up and pay a sensible price on the day!