Top 10 heritage sites of Great Yarmouth

The Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

The Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2014

1. The Snails at Joyland - this retro amusement park ride dates back to 1949 and has been enjoyed by generations of holidaymakers.

2. Medieval town walls - Yarmouth has the second most complete medieval town wall in England, dating back to 1261. It took 111 years to complete and boast several of its original flint towers.

3. The Time and Tide Museum - An old Victorian herring curing works converted into a museum celebrating all things Yarmouth, including its maritime and fishing heritage.

4. The Hippodrome circus - East Anglia's 'mini Albert Hall' is the UK's only remaining purpose-built circus, dating back to 1903, and one of only three in the world with a water spectacle.

5. Gorleston Pavilion - An original Edwardian seaside theatre with cabaret-style candle-lit tables, built in 1901.

6. The Rows - Originally a network of more than 140 alleyways, some still used today, the historic rows were where rich merchant houses were built alongside tiny town dwellings. The English Heritage manages the Great Yarmouth Row Houses looking back at their importance.

7. Nelson Museum - The only museum in Norfolk dedicated to the naval hero pays tribute to his life, from his childhood to his famous battles. Nelson visited Yarmouth three times during his career and the town has a towering column built in his honour.

8. Lydia Eva steam ship - The last surviving steam drifter of the herring fishing fleet based in Yarmouth. She is on the National Historic Ships register and permanently moored at South Quay.

9. David Howkins Museum of Memories - A privately owned museum, with profits going to charity, is a treasure trove inside and out. The 100-year-old building was designed and built for the old Great Yarmouth Gas Company with Art Nouveau stained glass while collections include Royal memorabilia, seafront souvenirs, teddy bears, needlework tapestries and more.

10. Winter Gardens - The Grade II listed building next to Yarmouth's Wellington Pier was shipped by barge from Torquay in 1903, reportedly without a single pane of glass being broken. It has been used as ballroom, roller skating rink and beer garden and is currently closed, awaiting refurbishment.

The list goes on... what are your favourite heritage sites in the Great Yarmouth borough? Comment below or email

Yarmouth heritage has something for everyone, from Roman ruins to retro seafront rides

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