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Town Wall


In 1261 a wall was ordered to be built around Great Yarmouth to protect it from invasion.
Today, over 700 years later, most of the wall still exists along with most of the towers that were built into it.
The wall starts at the site of the original South Gate by the South Quay and works its way through the heart of Great Yarmouth taking you past other attractions that you possibly haven't seen before, through the town centre (and under it), out the other side, into the grounds of St. Nicholas church and over to the site of the original North Gate. There are also many plaques along the way that describe some of the history about the partcular piece of wall or tower that you are looking at.
If you want your eyes opening to one of the keys to unlock Great Yarmouth's past, you won't be disappointed if you 'walked the wall'
To come across the towers that you might not have known were even there is unexplainable and will certainly make you hungry for more.
'Walking the wall' won't cost you a penny from start to finish (unless you decide to explore some of the many fascinating museums along the way or take advantage of a guided tour (available at certain times of the years), and should take roughly 60 to 90 minutes depending on how many photos you want to take.
The route is also suitable for wheelchair use and there are no hills to climb so it can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone.
We have a framed map which highlights the wall and we will give details on getting to the South Gate site so you can start your journey.





Guided Heritage Walks 2013:


Meet at the Fisherman's Hospital Gates in the far corner of Great Yarmouth Market Place for all walks (Except the Trawler Trail). Holiday Special Walks must be pre-booked on 01493 846346.

Various guided walks are are available which allow you to experience the fascinating history of Great Yarmouth and include Rows, Fishwives, Body Snatchers, Georgian Yarmouth, Town Wall, Graveyard walk, Trawler Trail and many holiday special walks.
More information can be found on Official Greater Yarmouth website.
Recommended for everyone!
I am currently writing this page for anyone who is interested in Great Yarmouth's fascinating past.
I have started with the Town Walls and intend to add more heritage very shortly.
We want you to enjoy everything that Great Yarmouth has to offer.

Please stay tuned for more, in the meantime, think about walking the wall you won't regret it.


Gary