A lot can change in 15 years - especially for this Norfolk seaside town.

Great Yarmouth is well-known for its seafront amusements along the Golden Mile but many of the town's buildings and landscapes have completely transformed since 2008.

Take a walk down memory lane with our five interactive photos below which we sourced by using Google Maps.

READ MORE: Google Maps reveals Norwich's changing face from 2012 to now

The Marina Centre

The popular leisure centre looks barely recognisable following its major £26m redesign that saw the old centre demolished.

The Marina Centre reopened in 2022 has been offering a place to swim, exercise and be active since the 1980s.

It is now operated by Freedom Leisure which is one of the largest not-for-profit charitable leisure trusts in the UK.

Blockbuster Video

Before the days of Netflix and Disney+, the closest you could get to bringing the cinema experience to your living room was heading to Blockbuster Video and renting out the latest movie on DVD.

Whether it was The Dark Knight or Slumdog Millionaire, a walk down Kings Street in 2008 could end in a wonderful night of movie magic. That was until the rental chain closed its doors around the UK in 2014.

The building was then Kingside charity shop from 2016 to 2022 before it permanently closed.


The McColls convenience store in Barkis Road behind Great Yarmouth Primary Academy was a town staple for many years in the seaside town.

However, the store was announced to be closed in November 2022 after new owners Morrisons unveiled plans to overhaul the retailer.

The corner shop's closure was one of many across the country and two other outlets in Gorleston and Hopton were also converted around the same time.

Premier Inn

The seafront Premier Inn finally opened its doors on Monday, June 17 2019 after being hit with delays throughout the year.

Before then, the empty area looking out to the sea was primarily used for car parking in 2008.

The hotel and restaurant were part of a £7.5m investment from Whitbread, the company behind the hotel chain, and offers 81 bedrooms.

The Winners Pub

The former pub and nightclub was taken over by owners Graham and Rosemary in 1997 and later ceased operation in 2009.

The building was up for auction last year with Auction House East Anglia with a guide price of £400,000.

The property was in need of major redevelopment but holds a lot of potential with its access to South Beach Parade and Monument Road.