Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens - Reimagining the People's Palace

Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens
Credit: Courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Heritage Grants

Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth Winter Gardens
£9977100
At an acute and immediate risk of loss, the UK’s last surviving historic winter gardens will be receiving an almost £10million grant as part of the Heritage Horizon Awards.

The Grade II* listed seaside winter gardens are identified as one of the Victorian Society's ten most 'endangered' buildings and currently sit on Historic England's Buildings at Risk Register. 

Transforming the People’s Palace

This iron and glass structure will be restored to its former glory as a People’s Palace on Great Yarmouth’s seafront. With beautiful gardens, galleries, and café and restaurant areas, it will offer both entertainment and education, bringing new life to the heart of the town.

The gardens of the free-entry, year-round attraction will centre on planting that is resonant of Great Yarmouth's historic global trading links.

It is a nationally-important heritage gem, worthy of such significant national funding. 

Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

A historic photograph of the Winter Gardens
A historic photograph of the Winter Gardens. Credit: Courtesy of Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Commitment to sustainability

Long term sustainability and community outcomes will benefit both the local community and wider region:

  • a carbon neutral tourist attraction
  • the provision of more than 90 jobs
  • creative events programmes including drop-in activities for community groups

Overall it will reflect the heritage of the building as a place of celebration, enjoyment, wellbeing and relaxation for all. 

 “Not only do the Winter Gardens hold a very important place in the story of Great Yarmouth and in our community’s hearts, but this award is an affirmation that it is also a nationally-important heritage gem, worthy of such significant national funding.” Cllr Carl Smith and Cllr Trevor Wainwright, Great Yarmouth Borough Council.