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Guided Heritage Walks

Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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About Guided Heritage Walks
Guided walks focusing on the rich cultural heritage of the Great Yarmouth borough are available from April to October. The fascinating programme is run by Great Yarmouth Borough Council around some beautiful historic buildings and other places of interest, led by fully-trained volunteer heritage guides. There are five regular guided walks, taking place from April through to October plus a number of holiday specials which include some very different tours. REGULAR WALKS INCLUDE: • Glorious memories of the Golden Mile, set between the two piers, focuses on the fascinating story of life in the famous seaside resort Great Yarmouth over the past 250 years, encompassing famous visitors and residents, as well as historic buildings. • Quayside and Seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea starts at the beautiful promenade and explores the stories and local history of Gorleston’s historic seafront, including the demise of the elegant, turreted Victorian hotel, how the pier came to be and where the lido was. • Medieval Town Wall provides the opportunity for people to explore this Scheduled Ancient Monument, which dates from the 14th century and is the second best preserved medieval town wall in England, after York. • Rows, Fishwives and Red Herrings tells the tale of in Great Yarmouth’s historic alleyways, and the people who lived and worked in them, in addition to taking in historic South Quay, the rise and fall of the herring industry and its importance in the town’s growth. • Spectacular Spectres is a spectral walk in and around the town centre, where you will hear ghastly tales of monks and mummies, learn all about the notorious black shuck and find out which public houses have spirits other than Rum and Whisky on offer. • Gory Stories on a Wicked Walk focuses on the murders that took place in the Rows and the press gangs that would tour the town’s brothels, as well as stories of the stocks and pillory, whippings and hangings. Walks usually take place on Sundays, Tuesday, plus Thursdays in August. Walks usually start at 2pm unless they are an evening walk starting at 7pm. Please see the website for the full timetable. No unaccompanied children can be taken on any walk.
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Elaine G wrote a review Jul 2019
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We joined this guided Heritage walk on the South Quay. Despite visiting Norfolk and Great Yarmouth for several years, we were shown several places of interest that we'd never come across before. The guide, Gareth, was knowledgeable and informative. We intend to join the other walks that are available, next time we're visiting. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Christopher L wrote a review Oct 2018
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Sunday 14th October 2018. An informative view of Great Yarmouth's seafront. Over the years it has played host to many famous names and faces. Our guide, Len, walked us along the Golden Mile and told us of the history of the buildings and some of the celebrities that appeared in some of the them. We learnt about the Hollywood Cinema previously being an aquarium, Royal visitors, Charles Dickens novels and characters based upon local people. There was even a story about an elephant along the seafront. Very enjoyable and informative.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Caroline R wrote a review Oct 2018
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Absolutely brilliant. Our guide Becci was very knowledgeable, friendly and expressed herself well. Highly recommend this walk for everyone
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Amanda N wrote a review Oct 2018
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Excellent. Becci was our guide on Sunday 7th Oct 2018. Becci was both very well read in Gt Yarmouth History and great fun. For £4.50 its the best entertainment and historic trip you can buy in the UK. The trip is approximately 2 hours long, so for value for money it does not get any better. For the historians, Becci know her history and you will learn something on this walk. I recommend this wicked walk to all ages. Steve H MSc MAPM MCMI APMP.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Nichjago wrote a review Mar 2018
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom45 contributions19 helpful votes
I have been on several of these walks around Great Yarmouth. Guided by different people some men and others women. All were very knowledgeable and made the walks extremely interesting. Definitely value for money.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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