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Great Yarmouth, often known as Yarmouth, is a seaside town in Norfolk, England, straddling the mouth of the River Yare, some 20 miles (30 km) east of Norwich. A population of 38,693 was quoted in the 2011 Census, making it the third most populous place in Norfolk. It has been a seaside resort since 1760, providing also a gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the North Sea. Its longstanding fishing industry, depending mainly on herring, suffered steep decline after the mid-20th century and has now all but disappeared. The North Sea oil discovered in the 1960s led to a brisk oil-rig supply industry that now services offshore natural gas rigs. More recent offshore wind power and other renewable energy have created further opportunities for support services. As a tourist centre, Yarmouth rose to prominence when a railway built in 1844 gave visitors easier and cheaper access and triggered an influx of settlers. Wellington Pier opened in 1854 and Britannia Pier in 1858. Through the 20th century Yarmouth was a booming resort, with a promenade, fortune-tellers, pubs, trams, donkey rides, fish-and-chip shops and theatres. Other attractions and landmarks include the Pleasure Beach, the Sea Life Centre, the Hippodrome Circus and the Time and Tide Museum, and the UK's one surviving Victorian seaside Winter Garden in cast iron and glass.
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