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Historical Event, Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sep 2017, free entry

The Royal Naval Hospital

The Royal Naval Hospital


Built in 1811, this former Navy hospital was built for Nelson's men. It was never used for them but treated naval staff, some of whom suffered from mental illness. In 1815, 600 soldiers injured at Waterloo were shipped here for treatment.

Between 1939 & 1945 the hospital was evacuated and became HMS Watchful, coordinating mine sweeping operations and acting as an information centre and administrative headquarters for the Navy.

In 1958 it was taken over by the NHS as the St Nicholas Hospital. The building was sold to a developer in 1993 who sympathetically converted the buildings into apartments and houses, leaving the Chapel and the empty ward space in their original condition. Escorted tours to the chapel and ward may be available on request on the day.

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 8 - Sun 10 Sep 2017 11:00 to 15:00
This is a residential site being opened specifically for HOD's and we would ask for visitor's to respect residents privacy.


Free entry


Royal Naval Hospital,
17 The Great Court,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 3JU


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted



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Map reference: TG 528065  Lat: 52.59794 Long: 1.73287

By Road.
On arrival in Great Yarmouth, follow signs for the seafront. Turn right at the seafront and follow Marine Parade along until almost opposite Merrivale Model Vilage. Turn right at the roundabout along Queens Road. The Royal Naval Hospital is on the left. Parking is off site, street parking is available.

Heritage Open Days Visitors only:
Please walk through pedestrian gate, down the drive and through the arches then please follow signs.

Parking: free