Great Yarmouth is a popular holiday destination on the Norfolk coast. It is one of our favourite seaside towns to visit. We even spontaneously booked a room there in January once, just to refresh. There are lots of things to do with kids in Great Yarmouth, here are a few of the best things to keep the family entertained.
Things to do in Great Yarmouth – Quick Answers
1. Beach – Great Yarmouth has a large, sandy beach.
2. Sand dunes – To the north of the central beach there is a vast area of sand dunes and shingle beach.
1. Jurassic Journey – indoor dinosaur experience.
2. SEA LIFE – Aquarium with some gorgeous penguins.
2. Amusements – Endless options for ride and entertainment.
1. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park – Small zoo where you can get up close to the animals.
2. Africa Alive! – Large zoo with lots of open space, dedicated to African species.
Chips and gravy!
What is There to do in Great Yarmouth with Kids?
1. The Beach
Cost: The beach is free, the amusements are not.
Great Yarmouth has a beautiful sandy beach. This isn’t the case everywhere in East Anglia which has many shingle beaches so enjoy this one. This seaside is definitely one to bring the bucket and spade. The beachfront amusements come right down to the sand here, and there are enough rides and 2p machines to keep everyone entertained.
2. North Drive Sand Dunes
If you prefer a quieter, more natural beach experience, then the good news is that Great Yarmouth has you covered. Five minutes walk to the north of the central beach is the North Drive sand dunes area. The extensive dunes area is fun to explore. Crossing it will bring you back to the sea. The beach here is Suffolk shingle. Not so good for sandcastles but great for skimming stones.
3. Jurassic Journey
Cost: £32 for a family of four (click here for up to date prices)
We’re big fans of a dinosaur experience, so we had to check out Jurassic Journey, an indoor dinosaur park. This attraction has all the usual dinosaur park stuff, including an excellent fossil dig area where they allow you to take home what you find. Entry tickets also include the soft play area at the exit.
Read more about Jurassic Journey here.
4. SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth
Cost: £71.80 for a family of 4 (under 3s go free) for a family of four (click here for up to date prices)
The SEA LIFE Centre in Great Yarmouth is unique, mostly due to this penguin. Her name is Blossom, and she was the star of the show. She loved interacting with the people watching her through the underwater window.
Aside from Blossom and her penguin friends, SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth has lots of other fascinating animals to see. We liked the jellyfish display and the immense spider crab. There is also a significant, pirate-themed soft play and cafe at the exit.
5. Eat chips and gravy
When we went to Great Yarmouth when I was a child, we always had a portion of chips and gravy. I have no idea why we only did that at Great Yarmouth, as far as I am aware it is not a traditional Great Yarmouth dish. I love chips and gravy though, so I’m happy to uphold the custom. Even if chips and gravy don’t sound pleasant to you, you should still go to the chip shop for some fish and chips. Since you are at the seaside.
Where to Stay in Great Yarmouth
Zoos Near Great Yarmouth
If you like animals as much as we do, you will be interested to know that there are two excellent zoos near Great Yarmouth. Both belong to the East Anglian annual pass discount scheme which is worth checking out if you live in the area.
1. Africa Alive!
Cost: £61.50 for a family of four (click here for up to date prices)
Africa Alive! Is just over the county border in Suffolk. The zoo focusses on species from Africa. It is a stunning zoo to stroll around with some impressive animals including rhinos, giraffes and our favourites, the fossa.
Read more about Africa Alive! here.
2. Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park
Cost: £50 for a family of four (click here for up to date prices)
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park is a very different zoo to Africa Alive!, but the species are no less impressive. It’s a much more compact zoo with a big focus on getting up very close and personal with the animals.
Read more about Thrigby Hall here.