From historical buildings to modern estates, from seafront villas to townhouses, Gorleston has it all. Throw in a beautiful beach, stunning countryside and a thriving town centre, this hidden jewel of the Norfolk coast has so much to offer. Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth are nearby with their own distinctive character. The “fine city” of Norwich is 35 minutes away by car or train. Villages like Burgh Castle, with its Roman Fort overlooking the Broads, are close too. Big skies, long summers, mild winters make Gorleston a great place to live and work, all year round.
Read more about it below – and if you’ve any questions about the area or property, please do get in touch with me.
“”When you see this scene of the concert… 6,428 good people from Gorleston and the surrounds turned up for our concert and we had a great day,” said Danny Boyle, director of “Yesterday”.
Gorleston Town Centre
Gorleston town centre is enjoying something of a renaissance. There’s very few empty shops along the High Street and Baker Street.
A new Costa coffee has opened diagonally opposite the library marking the resurgence. It’s a typical high street, with many familiar names, a mix of newsagents, clothing shops, Ruché shoe shop, cafes and restaurants. There have been proposals to pedestrianise it, but no firm plans. There’s a quirky retro American sweet shop Bellyboos in the centre, as well other independent shops.
Bells Road is another area seeing redevelopment. Leading this is a shabby chic eatery called “Margo’s Lounge”. Parking is a bit of a problem along here, as the shops are surrounded by terraced houses. The beach is very close at the end of Upper Cliff Road. At one end, is a nice seasonal shop selling homewares, at the other end is England’s Lane near the harbour mouth. Bar Number 1, Tides, Gambos are all popular restaurants.
Housing stock varies in price around the town centre. Typically terraced houses are priced at around £120,000 upwards, semi detacheds from a little more and detached town houses can be anything up to £300,000. It’s a very safe and healthy area to live in – car and house insurances are very low.
Transport links are good – Gorleston has the dualled A12 slicing through it, bus links to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth are frequent, and these two towns are just 35 minutes by train to Norwich. Doctors and dentists are excellent, as is the large library at the crossroads.
- A resurgent town centre
- Wide range of shops and eateries
- Great transport links
Gorleston Beach & Cliffs
Gorleston beach is beautiful. The promenade and housing were developed in Edwardian times. It is a broad beach at the mouth of the Yare with golden sands and a sea safe to swim and paddle in.4During the summer months, attractions pop up there as well as a manned lifeguard station. There are small gift shops, cafes, restaurants and amusement arcades, along with a paddling pool and yacht pond and a prom on three tiers. The prom also has a public bowling green, tennis courts, a fitness trail, and cliff top play area which are popular all year. Perched on the cliff top is Gorleston Golf Club, off Warren Road.
Many of the most expensive properties in Gorleston sit along Marine Parade with sea views. A three storey Victorian terraced home will cost upwards of £300,000 and a detached home up to £800,000. The roads running off and parallel to Marine Parade are all lovely and slightly cheaper.
- Property is relatively expensive
- Fantastic views
- Sea air is so healthy
Gorleston Housing Estates
Gorleston has several housing estates, as you’d expect of a large town of three high schools.
Bordering Bradwell to the west and Gorleston is an estate called “Shrublands’ – all the roads are named after, yes you guessed it, plants, trees and shrubs – Plane Avenue, Forsythia Way, Myrtle Court. Houses don’t often come up for sale there – it’s sought after because it’s affordable with a good community feel.
The Magdalen estate is a large, post war maze of housing mainly terraced and semi detached, again well built on large plots, with the roads named after universities – Oxford, Cambridge, Durham etc. It’s a quiet place too, with plenty of amenities – two successful Ormiston schools are on the Magdalen estate – Herman and Venture. There’s a very pleasant park, post office, supermarket. A three bed terraced house costs about £130,000.
The James Paget estate adjoins the hospital and is much newer, built in 2006. It’s popular with families, buy to let investors. We rented on Jenner Road for 6 months when we relocated and really liked living there. Schools close by, excellent road access, superb park and skate park and warm, economical housing. Prices range from £130,000 for an apartment on there to beyond £400,000 for a large 5 bed with double garage.
There are other estates dotted around – like East Anglian Way, off Church Road, the Cliff Park estate around Mariner’s Compass.
- Housing on the estates is affordable generally
- Safe established areas
- Well served by parks and greenery
Gorleston, as an Edwardian seaside town, is steeped in history.
The Pavilion Theatre near the beach is a beautiful red brick building. High Road, overlooking the river Yare, contains many of Gorleston’s oldest buildings, along with Garnham Road. Captain Manby, the famous inventor of the life saving mortar lived on High Road.The property is marked by a blue plaque. He’s also commemorated, sort of, in the Toby carvery called the Captain Manby, near the James Paget estate.
High Road has a distinctive building called Koolunga House, with its domed roof. It appears to be split into apartments with views across the river to the industrial hub of Yarmouth. I believe that houses along here are the only ones with basements, many of them converted.
The seafront is awash with history – forgive the pun. There’s a yacht pond which is listed, alongside a paddling pool. The band stand marks the spot where an outdoor lido stood until it was demolished in the early 90s after someone drowned there. The nearest lido is in Beccles.
The area where we used to live: Elmgrove Road is historical – the railway station used to be situated at the end, next to the now privately owned Station Hotel. Elmgrove Road had a school, our own property was a hotel from 1903 to the 1970s, named on the original deeds as “The Futurist.”
Looking beyond Gorleston, Yarmouth has even more history with 11th century walls, many important historic buildings and residents. Nelson sailed there, armies were camped there and Dickens set “David Copperfield” in Yarmouth.
Whatever style of housing you like: Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, 1930s, up to modern day, you can find any in Gorleston. If you’re looking for a certain type of property, get in touch with Nest in Norfolk. We know Gorleston very well.
- Fantastic views and quirky property
- Oldest properties are on High Road
- Close to Yarmouth, a living history book
Riverside Road is another area of historical interest – the old lighthouse sits here and many properties have roof top observatories, presumably for watching ships arrive in the days before we all became internet fixated.
There are some really quirky houses along here that would befit Grand Designs. I like the outlook too, fronting the Yare, looking over the industrial portside of Yarmouth with offshore supply vessels moored along its flanks. It’s my favourite cycling route to Yarmouth, along the riverside then along the cycle path on Southtown Road, again awash with history and grand houses.
People can be fearful of the area, because of the risk of flooding from tidal surges. In our six years here, we’ve witnessed one flood in this area and sandbagging by residents kept it out. The last major surge was in 2013, when Sky news arrived, only for Gorleston’s five minutes of fame to be extinguished by the death of Nelson Mandela.
The river stretches from the harbour mouth into Yarmouth. The Pier Hotel is near the beginning or end of the river, depending on how you look at it. That’s a fine building too, put up in 1897. Very pleasant inside too. Sitting near it is the Cliff Hotel which is accessed from the beach by new steps to a fantastic heated verandah overlooking the seafront. 2p arcades sit alongside cafés, lifeboat stations and historic maritime buildings.
As you’d expect from a port, houses are interspersed with commercial units, historical buildings and the buzz of industry. The giant offshore supply vessels are a familiar sight from riverside. You get a better perspective of it from the other side of the river – if you dare, look back from the historic wooden rollercoaster at Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, or climb the Trafalgar Column (open some Sundays) for a more static view. Riverside is also one of the few parts of Gorleston where the landscape rolls. Most of the town, apart from the old A12, is flat. The giddy speeds of 20 mph can be reached on a bicycle on Riverside Road. Try it, but don’t blame me if you end up in the river.
- Quirky houses
- Close to the beach
- Attractive views of bustling industry