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in the county of Norfolk

About Gorleston-on-Sea

Popular seaside resort which these days almost merges with Great Yarmouth. In former days visitors lined the quay to watch the grand spectacle of hundreds of fishing boats being off-loaded, the herring fleet sailed out in all weathers, watched over by the handsome red brick lighthouse whose only function now is to guide gas rig supply vessels and pleasure craft.

Quieter than its near neighbour, Gorleston has a prestigious Blue Flag beach which is especially attractive to families. The bay is backed by lovely gardens and a cliff-top promenade from which there are superb views across the harbour and pier to the ocean whose far horizons is tinged with a swiftly setting sun.

The resort offers a wide range of attractions, these include; a theatre, cabaret room, swimming pool, beach-side bars and cafe's, sporting activities such as pitch and putt, and boat trips can be taken. There are several pubs, some providing entertainment, and plenty of restaurants and take-always. There is a wide selection of shops, and a good choice of accommodation to suit all tastes.

In the older part of the town you can still see pretty colour-washed fishermen's cottages. Some of these are owner-occupied and some are let out as delightful holiday retreats. Interestingly, in World War II, Gorleston was a base for the R.A.F Air-Sea rescue operations and in celebration of their 60th anniversary a new memorial was unveiled by the present Air Chief Marshall of the R.A.F.

Close proximity to picturesque Suffolk and the Norfolk Broads adds to Gorleston's immense appeal. Not only is it a pleasant spot to holiday but it makes an attractive base to tour the area, possibly taking in some of the areas isolated beauty spots or visiting the Roman remains of Caister where Caister Castle sits in moated splendour. The castle has the added bonus of housing a huge collection of motor vehicles dating from 1894 to the present day.

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The Old Customs House on South Quay

Great Yarmouth (475 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Norfolk

(1.9 miles, 3.0 km, direction N of Gorleston-on-Sea)

This is one of Norfolk's premier holiday resorts. Its main attraction is its miles of lovely golden sands backed by dunes and a broad seafront walk amongst pretty flower beds...

View of the county school of the lovely village of Somerleyton, close to Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Somerleyton (70 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Suffolk

(4.9 miles, 7.9 km, direction SW of Gorleston-on-Sea)

Found nestling in a corner of the north-east Suffolk countryside is the charming, tranquil village of Somerleyton...

Caister beach

Caister-on-Sea (39 Pictures) in the county of Norfolk

(5.5 miles, 8.8 km, direction N of Gorleston-on-Sea)

Caister-on-Sea has a lovely expanse of sands backed by delightful grassy dunes. It has all the usual seaside facilities needed to ensure the whole family has a relaxing time with fun for the children...

Boy on a walk. Lowestoft, Suffolk

Lowestoft (302 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Suffolk

(6.2 miles, 9.9 km, direction S of Gorleston-on-Sea)

This is now a sunny holiday resort but for many years fishing played an important part in the history of the development of Lowestoft...

The Ferry Inn at Reedham

Reedham (46 Pictures) in the county of Norfolk

(7.1 miles, 11.4 km, direction W of Gorleston-on-Sea)

Reedham is ideally placed for cruising the waters of the Broads National Park, exploring the North Norfolk and North Suffolk coastlines and for discovering the historic city of Norwich...

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The wall of Burgh Castle Roman Fort, Burgh Castle, Norfolk

Burgh Castle Roman Fort (16 Pictures)

(3.7 miles, 5.9 km, direction W)

The ruins of Burgh Castle are in the care of English heritage, they consist of little more than the remains of impressive Roman.....

Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk

Somerleyton Hall (13 Pictures)

(4.2 miles, 6.8 km, direction SW)

Somerleyton Hall, a splendid Victorian residence of palatial proportions was the creation of Sir Morgan Peto, a clever.....

View of lowestoft lighthouse across sparrows nest bowling green

Lowestoft Lighthouse (4 Pictures)

(5.6 miles, 8.9 km, direction S)


Castle remains

Caister Castle (8 Pictures)

(5.9 miles, 9.4 km, direction N)


Lowestoft Museum

Lowestoft Museum (2 Pictures)

(6.8 miles, 10.9 km, direction S)

This pleasurable museum can be found located in Broad House, a delightful castellated building situated in Nicholas Everitt.....

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens, Filby, Norfolk.

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens (29 Pictures)

(7.2 miles, 11.6 km, direction NW)


Boats on the Norfolk Broads, Norfolk.

The Norfolk Broads (54 Pictures)

(14.6 miles, 23.5 km, direction NW)

A trip to the Norfolk Broads is to experience a little bit of paradise where the most beautiful sound, is the sound of silence......

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