Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort in Norfolk, England, straddling the River Yare, some 20 miles east of Norwich. A population of 38,693 in the 2011 Census made it Norfolk’s third most populous place. Yarmouth has been a seaside resort since 1760 and a gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. Tourism was boosted when a railway opened in 1844, which gave visitors easier, cheaper access and triggered some settlement. Wellington Pier opened in 1854 and Britannia Pier in 1858. Through the 20th century, Yarmouth was a booming resort, with a promenade, pubs, trams, fish-and-chip shops and theaters, and the Pleasure Beach, the Sea Life Center, the Hippodrome Circus, the Time and Tide Museum, and a surviving Victorian seaside Winter Garden in cast iron and glass.