Monday, 22 July 2013

Great Yarmouth Heritage Walks – Summer Holiday Specials

Explore historic Great Yarmouth on two special summer holiday guided walks. Join the South Quay and St George's’ Walk on Wednesday 31 July and The Graveyard Walk on Wednesday 28 August, both at 2pm.

Places must be booked in advance on 01493 846346 or at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade. Prices: £6.50 adults, £4.50 children (7-16), under 7’s free, 10 paying people minimum required for the walk to go ahead. Price includes refreshments.

                                                   St George's Theatre

The South Quay and St George’s Walk on 31 July (approx. 2 hours) starts from the Fisherman’s Hospital Gates in the Market Place and looks the stunning architecture and stories of South Quay, once described as the finest quay in all of Europe, along with tales of the Tolhouse, the country’s oldest gaol and St George's Theatre.

The Graveyard Walk on 28 August (approx. 2 hours) also starts from the Fisherman’s Hospital Gates. Hear fascinating stories about characters laid to rest in this large consecrated area next to the medieval town wall.

                                         Great Yarmouth Minster

There’s the tomb of a sailor killed by pirates and a ghost story about an Egyptian princess. Hear about James Sharman (d.1867), the first curator of the Nelson Monument. Charles Dickens based the character Peggoty in David Copperfield on Mr Sharman, who served on HMS Victory at Trafalgar as a ‘pressed man’ and claimed to have carried Nelson’s body below decks.

See the monument commemorating those who died in the suspension bridge disaster of 1845 and discover the bricked up gate where some of Nelson’s sailors took their final journey, visit the town cemetery where sailors and merchants lie side by side next to six listed memorials.

For more information about Great Yarmouth’s full programme of Heritage Walks see www.heritage-walks.co.uk, or pick up a leaflet at Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre.