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Walks

Guided Heritage Walk taking place
A Guided Heritage Walk taking place

Our team of dedicated heritage guides run a large number of walks usually from Easter to October. 

Delve into the history that surrounds Great Yarmouth on one of our fantastic guided heritage walks. Explore the rich history of this ancient seaside resort, fishing port and market town with our official team of Guides. 

The borough of Great Yarmouth has some fantastic history and architecture to admire, and some colourful stories of past local residents and visitors to go with it. An exciting range of  walks, written and designed by some of our heritage guides will take you off the beaten track and out into the local area to discover more about what went before in Great Yarmouth.

Usually starting from April until the end of October, Guided Heritage Walks, led by an official Great Yarmouth heritage guide, are one of the most interesting ways of discovering more about the area.

Walk Prices (excluding Yucky Yarns)

Children on a Yucky Yarns Walk
Children enjoying a Yucky Yarns walk

Adults £5.50
Children (7 - 17 years) £3
Under 7's FREE (No unaccompanied children on any walk)

Yucky Yarns Children's Walk

Children must be accompanied by an adult (Recommended age 6-11)
Adults and children £4 per person
Yucky Tea (on selected dates) £12 per person
Starting point: Front Gates of Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx. 60 minutes

Join Jemima or Jeremy Black, the custodian of the big book of Yarmouth Yucky Yarns on a guided walk to learn about horrendous history in Great Yarmouth. 

We'll talk about gory stories and ghastly goings on with pirates, graveyard tricks and secret chests! 

Activity book included, bring a pen/pencil.

Wednesday 21 February, 11am
Wednesday 10 April, 11am
Wednesday 29 May, 11am

The below dates include a yucky themed afternoon tea at Kirsty's Cakery after the walk. 

Sunday 28 July, 2pm
Thursday 31 October, 2pm

Register online (opens new window) for Yucky Yarns.

Quayside and Seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea

Starting point: Welcome to Gorleston sign on Gorleston Promenade near The Pier Hotel (NR31 6PL)
Approx. 90 minutes / 2 hours including Theatre visit

Gorleston-on-Sea has a fascinating heritage, often overlooked by its sister town, Great Yarmouth. Located south of Great Yarmouth, at the mouth of the River Yare, this walk takes in the beautiful promenade, the pier and the river. Walkers can also take a look inside the fabulous Edwardian Pavilion Theatre after the walk.

Wednesday 3 April, 11am
Wednesday 22 May, 11am
Wednesday 19 June, 11am
Wednesday 10 July, 11am
Wednesday 14 August, 11am
Wednesday 25 September, 11am
Wednesday 16 October, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Quayside and Seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea.

Medieval Town Wall

Starting point: Front Gates of Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Great Yarmouth has the second most complete town wall in the UK! Isolated on the east coast, fear of pirates and invasion gave the people of Great Yarmouth a distinct last frontier mentality. Once King John granted the town its Charter, a wall was the answer.

Come along to discover why and how it was built, how it was reinforced in times of rebellion and civil war, and whilst never coming under serious attack, how it defined the development of the town.

Wednesday 17 April, 2pm
Thursday 13 June, 2pm
Sunday 25 August, 11am
Sunday 22 September, 11am
Wednesday 23 October, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Medieval Town Wall.

Gravestones and Tombstones of Great Yarmouth Minster

Starting point: Front Gates of Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Join us at Great Yarmouth Minster, England's largest parish church for some fascinating stories about the characters laid to rest next to the Medieval Town Wall. 

Discover the bricked up gate through which some of Nelson's sailors set sail for the final time and visit the town cemetery where sailors, merchants and circus owners lie side by side. 

Sunday 21 April, 2pm
*Wednesday 8 May, 11am 
Sunday 19 May, 2pm
Wednesday 5 June, 11am
Thursday 20 June, 2pm
*Thursday 18 July, 11am 
Wednesday 21 August, 11am
Sunday 1 September, 2pm
Wednesday 9 October, 11am

*On selected dates, the walk will also include tea/coffee and cake at Kirsty's Cakery afterwards. Adults £10.50, Children (7-17 years) £6.50, Under 7's £5.50

Register online (opens new window) for Gravestones and Tombstones of Great Yarmouth Minster.

Rows, Fishwives and Red Herrings

Starting point: Fishermen's Hospital (NR30 1PB)
Approx. 90 minutes / 2 hours including Lydia Eva visit

Great Yarmouth Rows are quite unique and are full of strange and sometimes macabre tales. Hear about the wealthy merchants that lived at one end and of the bars and brothels that had their place at the other! 

Taking in the historic South Quay, learn about how the herring industry was important for the town. See where the fisher girls sang, knitted and worked their passage home. 

Some narrow areas included on this walks.

Take a tour of the Lydia Eva after the walk - the last steam drifter. Lydia Eva can also be spotted in the 2023 hit move, Wonka.

Wednesday 24 April, 2pm
Sunday 5 May, 11am
Wednesday 15 May, 11am
Sunday 16 June, 11am
Thursday 4 July, 11am
Wednesday 7 August, 2pm
Wednesday 4 September, 2pm
Sunday 13 October, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Rows, Fishwives and Red Herrings.

Forgotten Inns and Taverns of Great Yarmouth

Starting point: Stone Sofa Statue, Row 111 (Middlegate Car Park, NR30 2RG)
Approx. 90 minutes 

In 1908 there were 295 licensed properties in Great Yarmouth, now there are less than 45! Discover the story of a landlady who was hanged because she would not reveal a true murderer, the tavern run by a Pilgrim Father, the inn where Dutch officers were kept as prisoners-of-war, or where you would stay on holiday if you were teetotal.

Every adult attending this walk will receive a voucher to be used online for Lacons Brewery.

Sunday 28 April, 2pm
Sunday 26 May, 11am
Wednesday 12 June, 11am
Sunday 23 June, 11am
Wednesday 3 July, 11am
Sunday 14 July, 2pm
Thursday 15 August, 2pm
Sunday 29 September, 2pm
Sunday 6 October, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Forgotten Inns and Taverns of Great Yarmouth.

Tales of the Old Cemetery

Starting point: Front Gates of Gorleston Cemetery (NR31 7BN)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Gorleston has had many interesting residents over the centuries. Learn about heroes, clowns and a pioneering woman all within the surroundings of a quaint Victorian cemetery. 

Wednesday 1 May, 2pm
Sunday 9 June, 11am
Wednesday 17 July, 11am
Sunday 4 August, 11am
Wednesday 2 October, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Tales of the Old Cemetery.

Sun, Sea, Stars and Circus

Starting point: Front of Britannia Pier (NR30 2EH)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Great Yarmouth has played host to many famous faces over the years. Take a trip down memory lane and learn how the holiday and entertainment industry has played its part in how the seafront looks today.

Sunday 12 May, 2pm
Thursday 6 June, 2pm
Wednesday 26 June, 2pm
Sunday 7 July, 2pm
Sunday 21 July, 2pm
Wednesday 31 July, 11am
Wednesday 11 August, 2pm
Wednesday 28 August, 11am

Register online (opens new window) for Sun, Sea, Stars and Circus.

2,000 Years of Caister-on-Sea

Starting point: Caister Roman Fort (NR30 5RN)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Discover how Caister-on-Sea became a heroic lifeboat community from Roman beginnings and how the phrase, 'Caister men never turn back' came to be. 

Thursday 30 May, 2pm
Wednesday 18 September, 2pm

Register online (opens new window) for 2,000 Years of Caister-on-Sea.

Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk

Starting point: Front Gates of Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx. 90 minutes 
Suitable for children aged 12 and over

From the strange and curious to the dark and murderous, Great Yarmouth is home to many gruesome and macabre tales. Learn about murders committed in the Rows and see where trials were held by the Witchfinder General. Hear how the market place was used for grim entertainments, whippings and savage punishments. A wealth of terrible tales will make this a walk to remember.

Thursday 27 June, 6pm
Thursday 11 July, 6pm
Thursday 25 July, 6pm
Thursday 1 August, 6pm
Thursday 8 August, 6pm
Thursday 22 August, 6pm
Sunday 20 October, 6pm
*Sunday 27 October, 5pm

*Season Finale includes a Gory Reception at Kirsty's Cakery before the walk. Adults £12, Children (12-17 years) £9.

Register online (opens new window) for Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk.

Heritage Open Days

Each year, we are delighted to take part in the national festival for Heritage Open Days. Heritage Open Day events are free to take part in but booking is essential. Bookings open on Monday 19 August at 10am. 

The Finest Quay in Europe Walk

Starting point: Stone Sofa Statue, Row 111 (Middlegate Car Park, NR30 2RG)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Learn about Great Yarmouth's Historic South Quay, described several times by Daniel Defoe as 'The Finest Quay in England if not in Europe'.

Sunday 8 September, 2pm 

Register online (opens new window) for The Finest Quay in Europe Walk. Bookings open Monday 19 August at 10am.

Picture of Yarmouth Talk and Walk

In January 1820, John Preston published, "The Picture of Yarmouth", an illustrated account of the public establishments in the town. This talk looks at some of those buildings and the publication of a book, published in 2021 with lottery funding, to commemorate the original's bi-centenary. 

Talk
Location: Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx 60 minutes

Saturday 14 September, 11am

Walk
Starting point: Front Gates of Great Yarmouth Minster (NR30 1NE)
Approx. 90 minutes 

Saturday 14 September, 1pm

Register online (opens new window) for Picture of Yarmouth Talk and/or Walk. Bookings open Monday 19 August at 10am.

Booking is essential to join us on a guided heritage walk. Please register online (opens new window) for your chosen walk. Note - you'll need to register your interest in a walk before a payment link is sent to you. Your place on the walk is confirmed once payment is received.

Talks

New for 2024, our Guides are offering some fascinating talks at the Town Hall (see address at the bottom of the page) on the second Tuesday in February, March and April and then in October, November and December. Lasting for approximately one hour, the talks will include a cup of tea or coffee plus the chance to ask questions at the end. 

The Fall of Yarmouth Suspension Bridge on Tuesday 13 February, 1pm. 

Mourning Manners - A Guide to Victorian Funeral Etiquette and Customs on Tuesday 12 March, 1pm.

Yare! Yare! Yare! The Beatles - Yesterday and Today on Tuesday 9 April, 1pm.

Who put the 'Great' in Great Yarmouth? on Tuesday 8 October, 1pm.

Tuesday 12 November, 1pm (TBC)

Tuesday 10 December, 1pm (TBC)

Talk Prices

Adults £5.50

Booking is essential to join us on a heritage talk. Please register online (opens new window) for your chosen talk. Note - you'll need to register your interest in a talk before a payment link is sent to you. Your place on the walk is confirmed once payment is received.

Groups, Clubs and Educational Groups

Private Walks and Talks

Private walks for groups, clubs or coach tours can be booked for a minimum of 8 people on any day of the week at any time of the year and are eligible for a special group rate. 

We are also happy to hear from schools and educational groups where we are always willing to assist in matching our walks to your requirements. We can also offer a great new educational rate where teachers and accompanying adults go free! We have a child friendly walk called Yucky Yarns, aimed at primary aged school children which also comes with an activity booklet. 

If your group or school would prefer our Guides to come to you, we are also able to offer talks where you can learn about the history of Great Yarmouth from the comfort of your own setting. 

For more details

Last modified on 30 May 2024

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