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Hotels in Gorleston

Gorleston, also known as Gorleston-on-Sea, is part of the larger town of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. It sits on the end of the River Yare where it meets the English Channel and North Sea. The traditional seaside atmosphere in Gorleston keeps people coming back. It's also very close to the Norfolk Broads for active days out.

Things to do in Gorleston

As a seaside resort, Gorleston has many typical holiday attractions to enjoy. Challenge the crazy golf course, relax on the sandy beach, or go for a swim in the indoor pool.

Take the Gorleston Celebrity Walk and find out more about the famous people who once lived here. The big names include singers Myleene Klass from Hear'Say and Hannah Spearitt from S Club 7. Peggoty's Bar in Gorleston is also named in tribute to regular visitor Charles Dickens.

The bay in Gorleston runs along Marine Parade, which stretches all the way to the centre of Great Yarmouth. It's where you'll find Pirates Cove, a theme park and 18-hole adventure golf course.

Nature and wildlife

You're a half hour drive away from the Norfolk Broads if you stay at Gorleston hotels. It's a National Park, and is the largest protected wetland in the UK.

Go boating on the Broads – there are rowing boats and luxury yachts for hire. You can also book a boating lesson or a guided tour. For a more extreme day on the water, try kayaking or canoeing.

The Mid-Yare National Nature Reserve is also close by, managed by the RSPB. The grasslands are home to species of goose and lapwing, as well as the swallowtail butterfly and Norfolk hawker dragonfly.


Every Sunday, a yacht race sweeps across the bay. Set up a deckchair on the beach and watch the action unfold. In Great Yarmouth, you can see more of what's under the water at the Sea Life Centre.

At the annual Gorleston Clifftop Festival, the entertainment is specifically for families to enjoy. Craft and charity stalls are joined by small fairground rides and live bands.

Gorleston Pavilion theatre is opposite the pier, showing musicals, plays, concerts and the Christmas panto. It was built in the 19th century and is a shining example of Edwardian architecture.

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