Visitor Info

Really useful information for visitors to the Maritime Festival

If you’re coming to Great Yarmouth for the Maritime Festival, you’ll need to know where to stay, where to park, what else there is to see and do, and where you can eat to help you plan a great weekend away.

Getting here and car parking

Getting to Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is easy and there are hundreds of car parking spaces in Great Yarmouth on arrival, plenty for everyone. The event signs will send you in the direction of the festival, however there is no parking on site itself. There are several car parks within easy walking distance of South Quay. Great Yarmouth Car Parks and their charges. Watch out for the one-way system through the centre of town. Long stay car parks are marked with a blue car, short stay with a red car. Free on street parking is also available but check the signs for the residents parking only areas.

By Car

Great Yarmouth is easily accessible by road. The A47 is a direct route from Norwich or King’s Lynn and the A47 (formerly the A12) provides a direct link to Lowestoft, Ipswich and Colchester.

If you’re using a SATNAV, Great Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival is on South Quay near NR30 2QF.

There is no car parking on site. Limited free on-street car parking is also available, but watch out for the ‘residents only’ bays.

Spaces for blue badge holders are available at car parks at Stonecutter’s Way, Middle Gate and King Street.

By Bus

If you’d rather catch the bus, the X1 by First Buses provides a fast and direct service from Norwich and Lowestoft, arriving in Great Yarmouth at Market Gates, a short 5 minute walk from South Quay. A number of bus operators provide a range of local services to towns and villages around Great Yarmouth. Call the Tourist Information office on 01493 846346 for more information.

By Rail

Great Yarmouth station is just 5 minutes’ walk from South Quay and has a regular service to Norwich via Acle, Blofield and Brundall on The Wherry Line.

At Norwich you’ll find local interconnecting services from Lowestoft, Sheringham and Cromer via Wroxham and intercity services to London Liverpool Street and services from the Midlands.

By Boat

Great Yarmouth is at the confluence of the Rivers Bure, Waveney and Yare and has a Yacht Station run by the Broads Authority just 10 minutes’ walk away from South Quay.


Spaces for cars displaying valid blue badges are available around the Town Hall and in nearby Stonecutters Way, Middlegate and King Street carparks.

Wheelchair users please note that there is a section of uneven cobblestones towards the north end of historic South Quay near the Town Hall. To avoid this uneven surface which you may find difficult or uncomfortable to navigate, please use the south and middle gate entrances.

Should you require the hire of a wheelchair for this or any other Great Yarmouth event, please contact the British Red Cross on 01493 663626 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm).

Tourist Information

Great Yarmouth has a great range of accommodation from cosy B&B’s to large hotels, from campsites and caravan parks to fabulous holiday parks complete with swimming pools and on-site entertainment, many of which can be booked on-line. There are also plenty of cafés and restaurants, so you won’t go hungry.

The Maritime Festival is set in the heart of the heritage quarter on historic South Quay where you will find several museums. Once you’ve visited the Maritime Festival, you’ll find plenty more to see and do, from the Pleasure Beach to the Model Village to family attractions, amusements, the town centre and of course the beach. For all details on what is available in our beautirful borough please visit the main tourism website

Questions? Call our friendly Tourist Information Centre on 01493 846346. We look forward to seeing you soon!