Children's seaside amusement park featuring historic rides, including the world's last remaining virginia reel...
|Season||Year round (weather permitting)|
|Owner||The Cole family|
|Nearby||Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach (1 miles)|
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The seaside resorts on the English coastline feature countless amusement parks and fun fairs, but Great Yarmouth is able to boast two: the Pleasure Beach and the unique Joyland.
Joyland opened in 1949 as a children's fun park on the seashore next to Britannia Pier, and has been owned by the Cole family ever since.
It features a number of mainly historic rides aimed at children, including the Tylorean Tub Twist which has become the final Virginia Reel ride remaining in operation anywhere in the world.
The park has a small footprint, with everything set around and within a large mountain centrepiece. One of the more modern rides, a rollercoaster from WGH Transportation, winds its way through the peak.
Admission is free, with very reasonably priced ride tokens for sale. Each ride requires just one token which cost £1.50 each (as of 2021).
Joyland is a lovely little park with a very nostalgic feel. It certainly isn't the kind of place you'd visit for an entire day, but it could easily fill an hour or so of a sunny day beside the seaside.
Family version of the classic virginia reel
Historic giant snail ride
Rollercoaster circling Joyland's mountain
Zoom through the Joyland mountain on a jet-powered car
Dark ride taking visitors on a journey under the sea
Spinning flat ride
Junior ferris wheel providing views of the beach
Small swinging pirate ship
Circular tilting space themed ride
Joyland's large green mountain can be seen from outside the park
Entrance to Joyland
The park uses a ride token system
A circular pathway takes visitors around the park
The Snails ride was designed in 1949 by park founder Horace Cole
There are views over Great Yarmouth beach from the top of the Balloon Wheel
Major Orbit is a small children's circular ride
Neptune's Kingdom is a dark ride housed inside the park's mountain centre
Joyland's tiny pirate ship was installed in 1986
Inside Joyland's amusement arcade
The park's attractions can be found off the main circular pathway
Tyrolean Tub Twist is the last remaining example of a Virginia Reel ride still operating anywhere in the world
There's lots of fun to be had at Joyland on a sunny day
The park's Spook Express rollercoaster was added in 1998 and circles the peak of the mountain
Joyland has sat on the Great Yarmouth seafront since 1949