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With good schools, a small hospital and the popular Gorleston Golf Club to the south of the town, it offers a good quality of life for locals. The cliffs separate the town from the fine sandy beach which boasts clean waters and has blue flag status.
Accommodation in Gorleston-on-Sea is a mix of seafront hotels and B&B's.
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Guests can stroll along the clifftop and enjoy the views of the beach, pier and harbour mouth. There is also a pitch-and-putt course and a bingo hall. The Gorleston Pavilion puts on a lively theatre program during the busier summer months with a varied range of plays and entertainment.
Gorleston-on-Sea has a long history dating back to 1086 when it was listed in the Domesday Book for its salt pans. By the Middle Ages two manors had developed - Gorleston Manor, which still remains, and Bacons Manor. Moving on from its salt pan industry, the town became a major port for herring fishing and tourism in the Victorian era.
Come & Visit Gorleston in Norfolk this year. You probably already know that the seaside town Gorleston is simply a great for a day out or as a base for a holiday on the Norfolk Coast. Gorleston which is also known as Gorleston-on-Sea is situated just South of the town of Great Yarmouth, in the charming English county of Norfolk.
Visitors to the seaside at Gorleston-on-Sea can enjoy a large paddling pool and yacht pond, green cliffs, beautiful lawns, bowling greens, tennis courts and a trim-trail on the cliff top where views of the beach, harbour, pier and wind turbines can be seen. Behind the promenade, beachside cafes and shops sell a wide selection of goods from multi-coloured buckets and spades to trendy sunshades and beach wear.
Gorleston-on-Sea lies just to the south of Great Yarmouth with its own huge bay and riverside and a stunning sandy beach stretching into the distance below cliff gardens and a grand promenade.
The town is meticulously described in the novel 'Gorleston' by Henry Sutton (Sceptre, 1995) and in Philip Leslie's novels 'The History of Us' (Legend Press, 2009) and 'What Remains' (December House, 2013). Both Sutton and Leslie employ the actual names of roads and retail outlets in their work.
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Present Day Gorleston-on-Sea Gorleston today has much to recommend it. It has retained its elegant Edwardian charm around the seafront which has well maintained park gardens. The local high street supports several small supermarket chains and pharmacies. Along the seafront are numerous cafés and beach shops, two large hotels and many smaller guesthouses.
Things to do in Gorleston-on-SeaVisitors to Gorleston-on-Sea should enjoy a stroll along the promenade to the RNLI lifeboat station on Riverside Road. It was founded there in 1866 and now has a Trent class lifeboat and a smaller inshore lifeboat which are manned by brave locals.
Such was the town's importance it had three railway stations, the final one closing back in 1970.
The East Anglian School for Deaf and Blind Children (for deaf children and for blind children) was established in Gorleston in 1912 and based there until it closed in 1985. During the Second World War the school was evacuated to Aberpergwm House in Glynneath, Wales. The headmaster's house in Gorleston was severely damaged by bombing in 1941. 
As a holiday destination Gorleston is an excellent touring base for both Norfolk and Suffolk within easy reach of the famous Broads waterways.
Places of interest to visit around Gorleston-on-Sea are the Time and Tide Museum, the Great Yarmouth Row Houses, Greyfriars building and the Berney Arms windmill.
Famous local residents include footballer Jeremy Goss, who played for Norwich City, and singer Myleene Klass from the pop group Hear-Say. Another Gorleston hero was William Adams who lived in the area from 1864 to 1913 and was a swimming instructor. He is credited with saving 140 people from drowning in many different incidents during his time as a bathing hut attendant on Gorleston Beach.
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The long sandy beach is popular in summer and is rarely crowded. It is ideal for families to dig in the sand, play games, swim or relax in a deck chair. It is a popular beach for windsurfing. At the foot of the cliffs there is a paddling pool and yacht pond, a bowling green and tennis courts.
Summer Sundays in Gorleston are a chilled-out affair, with bands playing in the bandstand surrounded by deckchairs, as visitors and passers-by watch the Sunday yacht race streaming past below in the bay.
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Gorleston-on-Sea is a village of around 5,800 residents just south of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. Often known simply as Gorleston, it is located on the banks of the River Yare. A red brick lighthouse guides local boats and supply ships serving local gas rigs around the tricky bend into the river estuary.
The glorious beach is a firm favourite with locals and visitors for lazy days in the sun, it's also one of the best destinations in the Greater Yarmouth area if windsurfing, surfing or body-boarding is your preferred seaside activity.
Gorleston-on-Sea, also known colloquially as Gorleston, is a settlement in Norfolk, England, forming part of the larger town of Great Yarmouth. Situated at the mouth of the River Yare it was a port town at the time of the Domesday Book. The port then became a centre of fishing for herring along with salt-pans used for the production of salt to preserve the fish. In Edwardian times the fishing industry rapidly declined and its role changed to that of a seaside resort.
It is a seaside resort and tourist destination. Its main attraction is its sandy "Edwardian Beach." It has traditional seaside gardens and model boat pond. It also has a theatre opposite the pier called the Pavilion. The main shopping centre is on High Street. It has its own golf club. There is also the hospital and a library. The nearest railway station remaining open is the Great Yarmouth railway station. There is a lighthouse, lifeboat station and coastwatch station on Riverside Road.
In the Great Storm of 1987, Gorleston experienced the highest wind speed recorded in the UK on that day, which was 122 mph (196 km/h).
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Gorleston has an Edwardian theatre with seaside shows throughout the summer season and a popular dining and dancing venue. Other attractions include a pitch and putt golf course, amusements, restaurants, pubs and cafés.
A short walk from the beach, the bustling high street has a range of shops to explore.
The town has a new library, a choice of restaurants and several pubs. On Baker Street there is a Parish Church and the remains of a much older Priory which was probably the source of the Gorleston Psalter manuscript and some medieval brasses which are now in the British Museum.
Historically the town was in the county of Suffolk. In the Middle Ages it had two manors, and a small manor called Bacons. In 1832, it became a part of Great Yarmouth for electoral purposes. Finally in 1835 it merged with the town and became part of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk. There used to be two railway stations. Both were on the coastal line which joined Great Yarmouth with Lowestoft - Gorleston-on-Sea closed in 1970 whilst its neighbour, Gorleston North closed in 1942.