Great Yarmouth - UK, England

Great Yarmouth is a seaside town in Norfolk, eastern England. It is a popular holiday resort with excellent beaches, a racecourse, and several museums, including the Maritime Museum for East Anglia. The port of Great Yarmouth is situated at the junction of the Yare and Waveney rivers; it is a major service station for offshore petroleum-mining operations. The town was granted its first charter in 1208. For centuries, until the mid-20th century, it was a fishing port known for its herring catch, particularly the smoked "bloaters". Heavy bombing during World War II destroyed much of the medieval town centre. From here you can visit the Norfolk Broads. The broads, the lakes after which this area is named, were created in the 14th and 15th centuries when the sea flooded into, and then receded from, the low lying marshy coast which had been dug up for peat over several centuries. The area remained sparsely populated and relatively remote until the 1870s, when the railways first gave visitors easy access. Since then boating on the broads and the rivers which intersect them - a total of about 320 km (200 mi) of navigable water-has become a popular activity. Some parts of the area have been made into nature reserves for waterbirds, such as bitterns, goldeneye ducks, swans, teal, and marsh harriers, as well as for the rare swallowtail butterfly. The following 4 cruises call at Great Yarmouth. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.