Everybody loves a short break or holiday by the seaside. And at Great Yarmouth you’ll discover all of the traditional joys of the coast and countryside, as well as plenty of modern attractions and days out that appeal to all ages and family members. There are huge stretches of golden sands on the town seafront and along the coast in both directions.
The Carlton Hotel is a great base from which to explore the surrounding area including:
A classic British seaside experience, with thrill rides and traditional attractions – one of Great Yarmouth’s star attractions since 1909 with the Britannia Pier to the north and the Wellington Pier to the south.
Sea Life Centre
Located just seconds from the Hotel, you’ll find crocodiles, penguins and a whole host of fascinating marine creatures to entertain all ages. There are displays held throughout the day with the opportunity to meet some of the inhabitants up close and personal.
Merrivale Model Village
This award-winning attraction has landscaped gardens, waterfalls and streams, a model railway with 350 metres of track, 28 different types of vehicles, and an old Penny Arcade. Perfect for visitors of all ages.
The Hippodrome Circus
One of the ‘seven wonders of the British seaside’ this historic building is Britain’s only surviving circus building – it now plays host to a wide range of shows and spectacles.
The Time and Tide Museum
The story of Great Yarmouth from its humble beginnings to a thriving port and popular seaside resort, with interactive displays and fascinating special events.
The Britannia Pier Theatre
A fantastic selection of shows every summer, in the best of all settings.
Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Race days are a great day out. There are also frequent auctions and exhibitions throughout the year at the Racecourse.
Built 1,700 years ago as part of the Roman network of coastal forts, this well preserved monument is a fascinating glimpse of our history.
The Norfolk Broads
Explore this National ‘Park’ with over 125 miles of navigable, lock-free waterways, cycle paths, picturesque villages and stunning countryside. Don’t forget that you can hire a boat for the day.
Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club
A visitor-friendly, traditional links 18-hole course close to the Carlton Hotel.
Gorleston-on-Sea Golf Club
The most easterly golf club in England is open to visitors who will enjoy this challenging and scenic 18-hole course, with friendly clubhouse and pro shop.
Caister Castle Car Collection
Home to more than 120 cars and 100 bikes with many fine and rare models, the collections include vintage, classic and sports cars, together with horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles, baby carriages and other interesting items.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
Tigers, red panda, snow leopards, meerkats, gibbons, alligators, otters and birds. There is also a play area with tree ropes, and the Cockatoo Café.
Pleasurewood Hills Family Theme Park
35+ rides, shows and attractions. Unlimited fun for all the family, with kids’ zone, family rides and thrill rides such as the Cannonball Express and the Water Fun Factory.
Martham Broad National Nature Reserve
Two shallow ‘broads’ (waterways) bisected by the River Thurne, the reserve holds many species of breeding birds, bat species and Chinese water deer.
This quiet, unspoilt sandy beach is particularly popular for seal watching in the winter months, and for a picnic in summer. It is dog-friendly.