Take the Great Yarmouth Celebrity Walk to See the Stars of Norfolk’s Favourite Resort
Since a small group of fishermens’ homes nestling at the mouth of the river Yare was given the name Great Yarmouth by King John’s charter of 1208, Yarmouth has had a long and varied history. An important centre of the fishing industry for centuries, a key naval port during the Age of Sail and one of Britain’s most famous seaside resorts since the 18th Century, the town has been home to more than its fair share of distinguished residents, including Admiral Horatio Nelson, Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty and Jason Statham, to name but a few.
Great Yarmouth’s Celebrity Walk Route
Our walk will start outside the Britannia Pier Theatre (1), opposite the end of Reent Road. Built in 1858, The Britannia Pier is an iconic part of Britain’s seaside holiday history, and generations of beloved performers have trodden its venerable boards, including Jim Davidson, the Chuckle Brothers and Jimmy Carr. Davidson is especially associated with Yarmouth, and to this day premieres his shows at the Britannia.
Stroll down Reent Road and take a look at some of Yarmouth’s unique shops (2), and take a few minutes out to get some delicious home made rock from the Docwras Rock Shop,(3) which also sells traditional Victorian-style chocolates and sweets. Keep following the road and you’ll be greeted by Great Yarmouth’s shopping centre complex, Market Gates (4). Look out for the Puppet Man outside of the shopping centre, one of Norfolk’s most famous street performers! Just around the corner is the famous Yarmouth Market, where as well as finding tasty fish and fresh produce, you may also hear the voice of Barry Statham, father of Jason, who works as a market crier.(5)
Black Beauty author Anna Sewell lived in a house overlooking the market, which is now the Anna Sewell House Restaurant at the market’s north edge.(6)
From the market, head back to Reent Street and continue towards the river Yare, where you’ll see some of the offshore vessels that frequently stop at the city. Walk south along Hall Quay until it transitions into South Quay, where you will find the Nelson Museum, which houses a huge collection of memorabilia celebrating our most beloved Admiral. (7)
This is where our walk comes to an end, but that’s not all Yarmouth has to offer. It’s up to you whether you walk back to the sea front along Reent Road and enjoy a snack in one of its distinctive cafes, or take a leisurely stroll through St. George’s Park before visiting the town’s famous amusement arcades.