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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Just a few miles up the coast from Yarmouth, Caister is a busy and growing small town, with some hidden gems
Where is Caister on Sea?
Caister on Sea is a couple of miles north of Great Yarmouth on the B1159; or follow the coast road down from north Norfolk for a leisurely drive. Alternatively, if you're lucky enough to get the chance, fly in by helicopter to the town's own airfield, which is used to supply offshore rigs.
About Caister on Sea
Caister has quite a surprising history.
The first Romans arrived in the town in the 1st Century AD, easily making it one of the oldest settlements in Norfolk.
What they left behind - including part of a defensive wall, a gateway and buildings along a main street - have been preserved and are free to view.
The remains of Caister castle (right) - a moated castle with a 100-foot tower built in 1432 - are also worth a visit.
The castle was built on the side of an earlier fortified manor house where Sir John Fastolff was born.
As if that wasn't enough, the castle today holds the largest private collection of motor vehicles in the country, stretching from 1893 to the present day.
Models on show include a 1893 Panhard et Lavassor, Christine Keeler's Cadillac Eldorado and the first Ford Fiesta.
Just on the edge of Caister is the deceptively-named Yarmouth Stadium.
The busy racetrack holds greyhound racing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday night, and regularly holds Spedeworth motor racing. Hot rods and bangers also frequently race on the track.
Of course, there are also long stretches of sandy beach to enjoy, and you might even catch a launch of Caister Lifeboat.
The boat lost its RNLI status in the 1960s, but is now one of the most successful independent operations in the country - comedian Jim Davidson helped raise a lot of money for it, and is an honorary crew member.