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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 5pm.




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 square).




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.



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.




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.

Miniature train on Great Yarmouth seafront





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?




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!

Deckchair hire on Great Yarmouth beach


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