Perched on the east coast of Norfolk, the town of Great Yarmouth is something of a tourist hotspot. More than just a Pleasure Beach, it weaves a rich history and culture that spans hundreds of years.

The town features a long coastline with the very popular Gorleston Beach, where families can walk along enjoying the soft sand between their toes. The Marine Parade and South Beach Parade stretch the length of the town and just walking along them provides a wealth of attractions.

Other beaches along the coast stretch for over 15 miles and make perfect swimming spots, so no harm in diving in. Retro activities such as donkey rides and bouncy castles are dotted along the front as welcome distractions on your route.

But there’s no denying that Great Yarmouth is perhaps most famous for its dynamic seafront arcades, and visitors can explore the Joyland Amusement Park and take in the games. Britannia Pier is heaven for those with a sweet tooth, packed with doughnut and ice cream shops. For something other than dessert, the pier is also peppered with seafood restaurants and fairground rides to get your blood pumping.

The Hippodrome Circus is family fun in the form of water spectaculars, proper circus excitement and pure escapism. If even more adrenaline is on the cards, you can always visit the Pleasure Beach and try the thrilling rides.

Leaving the coastline and heading inland will allow you to visit a cluster of enticing museums such as the Tollhouse Museum, Time and Tide Museum and the Nelson Museum. In these you can learn about the history of the area from its Victorian stories to its great naval battles. The local surrounding area has no end of interesting and exciting places to visit.

Burgh Castle has perhaps the real story to tell with, having stood guard since Saxon times and keeping watch over a superb wildlife haven in its surroundings.

To the south visitors can enjoy many walks through meandering hills and visit the pristine countryside of the Norfolk trails, while travelling north will allow you to travel up and down some of the 125 miles of lock-free waterways on rentable boats.

For more ideas, please visit our things to do in Norfolk pages.