Below is a list of some things you can do and places you can see when you visit Great Yarmouth. We’ve included a weblink where relevant, as this may be useful for you. There’s lots we haven’t listed here, so come and visit us and find out more, there’s lots to see and do and fun places to explore!
The Merivon is a small bed and breakfast guesthouse in Great Yarmouth, which is Norfolk’s most popular seaside resort and also has a fascinating maritime heritage to discover. There’s a vibrant town centre and marketplace with plenty of restaurants, cafés, and bars to choose from when you fancy something to eat or drink, and, should you choose to stay with us, you’ll find that The Merivon B & B is situated in the perfect location for our guests to go out and enjoy all that Great Yarmouth has to offer, being just a short walk from both the beach and seafront and the town centre.
If you wish to venture further afield, the historic city of Norwich lies at the heart of Norfolk which is a county of beautiful countryside, wide open vistas, windmills and winding waterways – the Norfolk Broads – with mile upon mile of beautiful coastline to explore and seaside walks to enjoy.
Things to see and do and enjoy…
just 5 minutes from The Merivon B & B
Enjoy a relaxing walk by the sea on Great Yarmouth’s golden beach.
The seafront and esplanade
Spend time exploring the seafront and esplanade with all its amusements and amenities. You can even take the weight off your feet and enjoy a ride on the Road Train which sets off from the Landaus Station and terminates at South Beach Parade.
Ride in a horse and carriage
Travel in style, and take a ride in a horse and carriage along the seafront parade.
Enjoy 18 holes of crazy golf fun on this fabulous course!
The Marina Leisure and Fitness Centre
Take a dip, and make a splash in the indoor tropical pool, try some indoor green bowls, or even tennis and badminton.
Be dazzled by a firework spectacular every Wednesday through the peak summer months, anywhere along the seafront esplanade between Britannia Pier and Wellington Pier.
From May to September, take a boat trip out to see the seals and terns of Scroby Sands just off the coast of Great Yarmouth.
St. George’s Park
Take a leisurely stroll through the lovely park close to the guesthouse.
Great Yarmouth Market Place and Shopping Centre
Browse the shops of Regent Street and enjoy the bustling market stalls and the surrounding shops of the town centre.
Things to see and do and enjoy…
just 10 minutes from The Merivon B & B
The Hippodrome Circus
Enjoy a spectacular circus and water show, one of only three of its kind in the world! Themed events take place throughout the year.
Enjoy 18 holes of crazy golf fun on this fantastic course.
Sea Life Centre
Venture into a world of underwater discovery.
Visit the pier with bar, amusements, and theatre.
Get your popcorn and enjoy an afternoon or a night at the movies.
Have some 10-pin bowling fun and try to knock ’em all down. Get a spare, a strike, a double, or even a triple turkey!
Time and Tide Museum
Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf in one of the UK’s best preserved Victorian herring curing works, and meet some of the characters who made their living on the sea.
Great Yarmouth Minster
The Minster Church of St. Nicholas was founded in 1101 and is the largest parish church in England! The church is arguably the oldest building in the town and now houses a heritage exhibition showing its role in the history of Great Yarmouth.
Things to see and do and enjoy…
just 15–20 minutes from The Merivon B & B
Take an exciting journey into the past as you embark on a heritage trail around Great Yarmouth.
The Nelson Museum
Visit the only museum dedicated solely to telling the story of our national hero, Lord Horatio Nelson, and the times in which he lived. ‘I am a Norfolk man and I glory in being so!’ said Lord Nelson speaking at the Wrestler’s Arms, Great Yarmouth. Nelson sailed many times from the town’s port, and the museum explores his childhood in Norfolk, his career, famous battles and his tragic, heroic death. Discover life below deck and relax in the picnic area of the Maritime Courtyard.
The Maritime Festival
The Maritime Festival is scheduled for 10th–11th September 2016, and it all takes place along the historic South Quay in association with Seajacks UK Ltd. It’s a fantastic free event with live shanty folk music and a street theatre, and is packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls, and ships for visitors to explore for the whole weekend!
Crown green bowls
Test your bowling skills on the beautifully maintained bowling greens just past Britannia Pier.
If you’re feeling sporty and energetic, you’ll find the tennis courts just past the bowling greens.
Visit the pier with bar and amusements.
It includes 10-pin bowling, so knock ’em all down and have some fun!
Merrivale Model Village and Tea Rooms
Have lots of fun exploring the sights and sounds of the model village, and then enjoy afternoon tea in the Merrivale Tea Rooms. You can take an enchanting tour of the village by twilight when all the lights come on, and you can even visit the old penny arcade where you’ll find vintage games and slot machines from the 1920s–1950s.
Enjoy freshly brewed tea and coffee and homemade cakes and specials prepared daily with fresh ingredients.
Enjoy 12 holes of crazy golf fun on this course situated between the Merrivale Model Village and the log flume.
Experience all the fun of the fair – Big Wheel, Dodgems, Go-Karts, House of Fun, Log Flume, Pirate Ship, Roller Coaster, and much more!
The Nelson Monument
The Norfolk Naval Column stands at 144 feet and was erected in honour of Lord Nelson in 1819, predating by more than 20 years the column which stands in Trafalgar Square, in London. Inside the column are 217 steps which spiral upwards to reveal a splendid view out across the Norfolk coast and surrounding area. The monument lies just a short walk south of the Pleasure Beach.
St. George’s Theatre
Take in some live theatre in the newly refurbished arts venue which presents a variety of shows and events all year round. You’ll find the theatre close to St. George’s Park.
Things to see and do and enjoy…
just a short drive from The Merivon B & B
Great Yarmouth Racecourse (2 miles)
If you fancy a day at the races, you’ll find the racecourse just a short drive away (or a 40-45 minute walk away) to the north of the town.
Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth NR30 4AU
Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club (2 miles)
Walk close to the sea with a brisk breeze on your face, and firm, sandy grass beneath your feet, and experience 18 holes of golf on this exciting links course. Stand up to the elements, handle good and bad bounces with equal grace, use all your skill to navigate this curious landscape and face the challenges that make this course so exciting!
Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club, Beach House, Yarmouth Road, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk NR30 5TD
Bure Park (2 miles)
Enjoy 18 holes of pitch-and-putt golf. The park has a lake and picnic area as well, and is just a short drive away (or a 40-45 minute walk away) to the north of the town.
Bure Park, Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 4AS
Burgh castle (4 miles)
At Burgh Castle you can explore the best preserved Roman monument in East Anglia, located just to the west of Great Yarmouth, overlooking the River Waveney. In fact, this is one of the most impressive Roman buildings to survive anywhere in Britain.
Gorleston Golf Club (5 miles)
Enjoy 18 holes of golf on the most easterly course in the British Isles! The course is situated on the dramatic coastal cliffs of Gorleston and extends across an interesting variety of cliff-top links and tranquil parkland, and it’s just a short drive south of Great Yarmouth.
Gorleston Golf Club, Warren Road, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk NR316JT
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (7 miles)
Just south of the village of Filby lies Thrigby Hall. Explore the beautiful landscaped gardens with exciting tree-top walks and enjoy an amazing array of wildlife, including tigers, leopards, macaques, and gibbons, red pandas, otters, crocodiles, and snakes, cockatoos, owls, and pheasants, fairy bluebirds, hill mynahs, hornbills, ducks and cormorants.
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Filby, Norfolk NR29 3DR
The Norfolk Broads (8 miles)
Spend a day on the beautiful waterways of the Norfolk Broads. The closest, Filby Broad, lies just under 8 miles north of Great Yarmouth. Nearby you’ll find Ormesby Little Broad which links to Lily Broad and Rollesby Broad, and close to this is Ormesby Broad.
Somerleyton Hall (11 miles)
Set in a beautiful 5000 acre English estate, Somerleyton Hall is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain. It’s open to the public every day between April and September.
Somerleyton Hall, Lovingland, Suffolk NR32 5QQ
Norwich Cathedral (21 miles)
Norwich Cathedral is the most complete Norman cathedral in England and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe with over 900 years of history to be discovered!
Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH
Norwich Castle (21 miles)
One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle’s history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy the fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich NR1 3JU