The Island Cafe at The Waterways - Cafe-Bar in Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth - Great Yarmouth

Island Café / Boating Lake – Great Yarmouth’s Venetian Waterways


The fully accessible and licenced cafe boasts Paddy and Scotts freshly brewed coffees, alongside savoury and sweet treats plus local ice cream. Step back from the hustle and bustle of the seafront and sit and relax in this tranquil environment. Open daily - year round. Check our opening hours and seasonal events by visiting our facebook page @TheIslandAtTheWaterways

Great Yarmouth’s historic Venetian Waterways, boating lake and cafe have stood the test of time for nearly 100 years, as one of the region’s most prestigious free outdoor attractions, just off the town’s Golden Mile. Rejuvenated in 2019 with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the stunning site stretches over seven acres and comprises of spectacular ornamental gardens, winding canals and a pristine boating lake, where families can hire boats or pedalos by the hour. If taking to the water is not your thing, there is always a friendly welcome waiting from the lovingly restored sunken island cafe in the centre of the boating lake.



  • Disabled access

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Cash accepted
  • Locally sourced produce
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Special diets available
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian diet available


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Passenger lift

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On arrival in Great Yarmouth follow signs for the seafront taking a left turn at the mini roundabout onto North Drive. Proceed along approximately 200 yards and The Waterways and Boating Lake including The Island Cafe are located on the right, adjacent to the beach.

The Island Cafe at The Waterways


North Drive, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4EW

Tel: 01493 738278


  • 5 Food Standards Hygiene
5 Food Standards Hygiene