See Yarmouth's historic buildings

HISTORIC buildings normally hidden from view are opening their doors for Great Yarmouth Heritage Open Days.The annual event, which started yesterday and continues until Sunday, is providing a rare glimpse around some fascinating and obscure places.

HISTORIC buildings normally hidden from view are opening their doors for Great Yarmouth Heritage Open Days.

The annual event, which started yesterday and continues until Sunday, is providing a rare glimpse around some fascinating and obscure places.

It is providing free access to buildings that are normally closed to the public or which charge for admission.

Highlights include the Edwardian Pavilion Theatre in Gorleston, the Fisherman's Hospital, Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station and St George's Chapel.

For thrill seekers there is a chance to take a tour of the country's oldest wooden rollercoaster at Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach.

Guided walks are taking place exploring Yarmouth's medieval town wall, the second most complete in the country, and the town's acclaimed Victorian and Edwardian seafront.

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Visitors have a unique chance to see inside the traditional kipper-producing HS Smoke House on Sutton Road; Mecca Bingo, housed in the ornate Regent Theatre; Morse's Wind Engine Park, a little-known collection of fascinating wind engines at Repps-with-Bastwick, and Great Hautbois House in Coltishall.

Special tours are taking place at more familiar visitor attractions, including Caister and Burgh Castle Roman forts, the Tolhouse and Elizabethan House museums. Churches across the borough will be open to the public during the four day event too.

Some tours must be booked in advance on 01493 846346. Copies of the Heritage Open Days brochure are available online at www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/heritageopendays or from Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre, Marine Parade, and Yarmouth, Gorleston, Martham and Caister libraries.

l For more information about Hautbois House call 01603 737357 or visit www.hautbois.org.uk.

l Great Yarmouth Heritage Open Days are part of a nationwide event and are supported by the borough council, Greater Yarmouth Tourism and English Heritage.