Major City with usual facilities
Public mooring (Pay for)
shower block (yacht station)
Emergency Petrol (Marina Keys)
Pubs (near Moorings)
The White Swan (Yacht Station)
The Suspension Bridge (Yacht Station)
Warning LOW BRIDGES
Yarmouth Road Bridge photo courtesy NorfolkNog
Yarmouth Yacht Station photo courtesy Pete Marr
Today Great Yarmouth is a famous seaside town but for centuries it was an important fishing port renowned for its Herrings.
Yarmouth was founded by the Saxons and by 1086 had grown into a small town.
Herring fishing aided Yarmouth's prosperity and from the 12th century a herring fair was held every year. Boats from Kent ports fished off the coast and as Yarmouth had not yet been granted a self governing charter, the Kentish towns ran the fair. The folk of Yarmouth were not happy with this situation and in 1297 ships from Yarmouth fought a naval battle off Belgium with ships from Kent.
In 1209 King John granted Yarmouth a charter permitting the townsfolk certain rights, making it a self governing community.
The river has always been an important part of life for Yarmouth. The first bridge across the Yare at Yarmouth Haven was built in 1427 to link Yarmouth to what is now Southtown and consequently Gorleston. Another Haven Bridge was completed on the 21st October 1854 at a cost of £60,000. This bridge was eventually closed on the 20th February 1928 and dismantled to make way for the present bridge which was opened in late 1930. During the 2 year construction a temporary wooden bridge allowed access into Great Yarmouth.
From the Victorian period until the 1970's boat trips from Great Yarmouth were very popular with many steamers running trips to such St Olaves, Oulton Broad, Norwich, Wroxham and Beccles.
The wharfs and quays along the River Yare now host the many vessels that service the North Sea oil rigs.
There are 2 safe mooring places in Great Yarmouth, Marina Keys and Yarmouth Yacht Station. Marina Keys has a toilet block and a Shell petrol filling station is just next door.
The Yacht Station is operated by the Broads Authority and quay attendants are on hand to help you moor. There is a fee to moor here with different rates for daytime and evening.
Passing through Great Yarmouth is essential if you would like to cross Breydon Water to cruise between the northern and southern broads. Navigation through Yarmouth should always be taken with great care and you should time your arrival to coincide with the right tide. Slack water (approximately 1 1/4 hours after low tide) or just after is the the best time to cross as the current is weaker and there is more headroom at the bridges.
If you are planning a stop in Great Yarmouth then there is certainly plenty to see and do. The seafront houses numerous amusement arcades, the Pleasure Beach and Wellington and Britannia Piers.
There are shops galore and Yarmouth's historical market is held every Wednesday and Saturday.
You'll certainly never go hungry or thirsty in Great Yarmouth as eateries and pubs are in abundance.
For those just requiring a quick stop at Yarmouth you will find good supermarkets close at hand and a good local pub.