Having been a flourishing coastal resort since 1760, the once major fishing port of Great Yarmouth has perfected the seaside experience down to a tee. With flashing arcades, seafront illuminations, two lively piers and a popular pleasure beach sporting over 70 rides from fairground classics to speedier white-knuckle affairs, flower gardens and mini-golf, there is plenty to keep visitors occupied.
Plastic windmills and candy-floss aside, Great Yarmouth has two promenades perfect for embarking on a relaxing stroll, plus 15 miles of sandy beaches to loll upon. The town also has links with literature - Anna Sewell, the author of Black Beauty was born here and Dickens used Yarmouth as a prime location in David Copperfield. Maritime heritage also features, with nearby Burnham Thorpe being the birthplace of Lord Nelson. On your coach trip, visit the Norfolk Nelson Museum in South Quay to survey the Trafalgar Drape used in Nelson's funeral, then head to the South Denes area to see Nelson's column, erected some 21 years before it's more famous counterpart in Trafalgar Square.