Burgh Castle Roman Ruins - Historic Site in Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth - Great Yarmouth

Burgh Castle Roman Ruins

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One of the best preserved Roman monuments in East Anglia, and one of the most impressive Roman buildings to survive anywhere in Britain. During the 3rd and 4th centuries AD it was one of a chain of ‘Forts of the Saxon Shore’, built to defend the coast of south-east England.

After the Roman period, the site may have been occupied by an early Christian monastery; and after 1066 a Norman castle was built inside the Fort walls (later demolished). The site provides stunning views across the Rivers Waveney and Yare to Halvergate Marshes, part of the Broads National Park – an area rich in bird, animal and plant life.

The Burgh Castle site lies c. 6km south-west of Great Yarmouth and c. 5km west of Gorleston. It is in a dramatic position close to the southern edge of Breydon Water, overlooking the confluence of the rivers Yare and Waveney. A circular all-access route around the fort includes a boardwalk along the Angles Way.



  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By boat: there is a public landing stage on the east bank of the River Waveney, a short distance north of the Burgh Castle Marina and Caravan Park.

By road: the site is 5km west of Gorleston-on-Sea. Leave the main A12 (Yarmouth-Lowestoft) road at the junction with the A143 (Diss and Beccles). Follow signs to Burgh Castle and Gorleston as you leave the A12. At the first roundabout that you encounter after leaving the A12 take the first exit, signed to Burgh Castle and Bradwell. Follow this road out of the built-up area; when nearing Burgh Castle village, give way and turn right at a T junction where it joins Mill Road (following the brown sign and finger post indicating Burgh Castle). Shortly after passing the Queen’s Head pub on the right, turn left into Butt Lane. A very short distance along this road, you will see the Burgh Castle car and coach park on the right-hand side. SatNav: NR31 9QB.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CAR PARK IS LOCKED AT 6.00PM. Access to the site is available dawn to dusk on foot. No motorbikes are allowed on site.

By bus: First Eastern Counties’ Service 5 (Yarmouth-Burgh Castle via Bradwell) stops outside the Queen’s Head (NB. the stop itself is not marked). The journey takes about half an hour. From here it is a very short walk along Butt Lane to the site entrance. For up to date timetable information, please visit http://www.travelineeastanglia.org.uk.

Walking: visitors may follow the Angles Way long-distance path from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle along the southern shore of Breydon Water. Total distance c. 6km – this is a very enjoyable walk.

Burgh Castle Roman Ruins

Type:Historic Site

Burgh Castle Roman Ruins, High Road, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9QQ

Tel: 01603 462987

Opening Times

* From dawn to dusk