Yarmouth is Great.
Posted on September 14, 2014
Had a splendiferous afternoon on the final of the free heritage open days.
Climbed the Britannia column in Yarmouth, which has amazing views at the top of its 217 steps, despite a meagre viewing platform. The apocryphal story of the architect throwing himself off the top was scotched as, the guides told us, it was the surveyor who died of a heart attack on his way up the cylindrical stone tower.
We then headed for the Royal Naval Hospital, with the largest internal quadrangled green in Britain. It’s a truly spectacular site. Gate houses – both residential – guard the north gate entry and then once in the verdant quad, we looked at the chapel and the oldest Georgian hospital ward. It’s a gated community with a difference – the residents, acting as guides on the only weekend of the year it’s open, were warm and welcoming.
Next stop, Merrivale model village tearooms, which is a food allergy paradise – gluten and dairy free versions of everything. Had a bacon roll and an Apple Crumble cake to pile the pounds back on, which I’d shed on the climb.
After a late lunch, we headed for a bit of low culture – Great Yaemouth Pleasure Beach and a ride on the last surviving wooden rollercoaster in Britain. Terrific views again.
Finally, we spent the last half hour in the Tolhouse Museum, a surviving gaol from the 14th century.
Yarmouth is a maligned and denigrated town. It does have problems yes – like many English seaside towns, but today, in 20 degree full sunshine, visiting undiscovered places and sampling gluten free food without any issues, I began to think again that living here is pretty good.
Great company with Mirry and Paul and a fantastic afternoon.
Life is sweet.