The seaside town of Great Yarmouth lies on the Norfolk coast, at the mouth of the River Yare. It is one of the UK's oldest resorts with a long, sandy beach backed by a graceful promenade. Self-catering holidays in Great Yarmouth are popular among visitors who want to spend long days by the sea building sandcastles, swimming and sunbathing. Wander along the seafront from your holiday cottage in Great Yarmouth and enjoy ice-cream stands, donkey rides, arcades and other nostalgic seaside amusements.
The aquarium is not to be missed, with an incredible selection of sea-life including sharks and penguins. The Time and Tide Museum recalls the town's rich history, including its centuries as an important fishing port, while the Nelson Museum delves into the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Pleasure Beach is a free-entry theme park on South Parade which has been thrilling families with its ghost trains and roller coasters since 1909. Nearby, next to Britannia Pier, Joyland is another historic amusement park packed with rides. Merrivale Model Village on Marine Parade is also essential, with intricate streets and homes, a garden railway, a mini golf course and penny arcades - all within walking distance of many welcoming holiday cottages.
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If you fancy an evening out, see what's on at the iconic Hippodrome Circus, a unique circus venue built in 1903, with a busy programme of live shows. Alternatively, book a table at one of the town's acclaimed restaurants or visit a couple of cosy pubs. A short drive from holiday cottages in Great Yarmouth, the Norfolk Broads cover 125 miles of peaceful countryside crisscrossed by gentle waterways which are best explored by renting a boat for the day. The city of Norfolk is also well worth a visit, with beautiful architecture and a great selection of independent shops and restaurants.