Guided cultural heritage walks of Great Yarmouth have been launched

PUBLISHED: 10:56 08 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:56 08 April 2017

The remains of the town wall in Great Yarmouth near Blackfriars Road.

Picture: James Bass

The remains of the town wall in Great Yarmouth near Blackfriars Road. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2014

Guided walks focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough are getting underway, with a range of new walks added.

EDP Norfolk Magazine. September. Gorleston views. Cliffs and seafront.EDP Norfolk Magazine. September. Gorleston views. Cliffs and seafront.

Every year, the borough council runs a programme of walks to historic buildings and other places of interest, led by fully-trained volunteer guides.

And this year, it is hoped even more local residents and visitors will come along to uncover, first-hand, various aspects of the borough’s past through five distinct guided walks, taking place from April through to October.

For details about the walk dates, call Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre on 01493 846346 or log onto

Holiday and Holiday Special Walks

Remembering the Suspension Bridge Disaster in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Steve AdamsRemembering the Suspension Bridge Disaster in Great Yarmouth. Photo: Steve Adams

Circus, Clowns and Catastrophe

This holiday walk is about the suspension bridge disaster of 1845 and is a chance to find out more about what happened, who the personalities and victims were, how the residents of Yarmouth and citizens of England reacted and the legacy it left behind.

Roman Revelations at a Fascinating Fort

Set at the Roman fort of Burgh Castle, this is a holiday walk for all the family, with interactive games and sketches to bring history to life.

The ruins of the Roman fort at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth.
April 2016.

Picture: James Bass

The ruins of the Roman fort at Burgh Castle near Great Yarmouth. April 2016. Picture: James Bass

The Last Train from Belton

A chance to explore the impact the railway had on the village of Belton during the Victorian period, when the mainline train from London used to stop here. Walk finishes with refreshments at the Wild Duck Holiday Park and an insight into local wildlife with the park warden. A holiday walk.

Gravestones and Tombstones of Great Yarmouth Minster

A holiday special walk gives people the opportunity to tour the graveyard at the Minster Churchof St Nicholas, England’s largest parish church, for some fascinating stories about the characters who were laid to rest next to the Medieval Town Wall. The walk finishes with refreshments at the Minster.

Dastardly Deeds and Ghostly Goings-on

Another holiday special walk, this is a light-hearted but factual guided walk with tales of Yarmouth’s more famous and infamous historical characters, including bodysnatchers, smugglers and pirates, witches and their demise at the hands of the Witchfinder General. This is not suitable for children.

Tickets for these walks must be pre-booked by calling 01493 846346 or visiting the Tourist Information Centre at 25 Marine Parade.

Regular Walks

Glorious memories of the Golden Mile

A walk set between the two piers, this focuses on the fascinating story of life in the famous seaside resort Great Yarmouth over the last 250 years, encompassing famous visitors and residents, as well as historic buildings.

Quayside and Seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea

Starting on the beautiful promenade the wallk explores the stories and local history of the historic seafront, including the demise of the elegant, turreted Victorian hotel which towered on the cliff top, how the pier came to be, and where the popular open-air lido was.

Medieval Town Wall

An opportunity for people to explore this Scheduled Ancient Monument, which dates from the 14th century and is the second best preserved medieval town wall in England, after York.

Rows, Fishwives and Red Herrings

Recounting the tale of Yarmouth’s historic alleyways, and the people who lived and worked in them, in addition to taking in historic South Quay and its famous vista, the rise and fall of the herring industry and its importance in the town’s growth and prosperity.

Spectacular Spectres

A spectral walk in and around the town centre, where you will hear ghastly tales of monks and mummies, learn all about the notorious black shuck and find out which public houses have spirits other than rum and whisky on offer.

Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk

This focuses on the murders in the Rows and the press gangs which would tour the brothels. Walker will also hear the stories of the stocks and pillory, whippings and hangings.

Tickets are priced at £4 for adults and £1.50 for children. There is no need to book and tickets are available on the day from the guide.

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