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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, £1.95-£3.50


Last prisoner Tolhouse Museum

Last prisoner Tolhouse Museum

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse

Tolhouse Museum and Gaol

Tolhouse Museum and Gaol


Mr James Steward

01493 858900


Tolhouse Street,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 2SH

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Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here. Use the free audio guide to hear the gaoler and his prisoners describe their experiences.

For further details see www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Opening details

Mon to Fri 10am-4pm and Sat to Sun 12 noon-4pm during Norfolk school holidays only (closed Saturdays during summer school holidays).


2014 Admission Prices:

Museum Pass holders and under 4s free.

Adult £3.50, Conc £2.95
Young Person (4-18) £1.95, Under 4’s FREE
2 Adults + all children £8.00
1 Adult + all children £5.50

Discount for groups, telephone 01493 743943 (non schools) 01493 743944 (schools).


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired



See location of Tolhouse Museum and Gaol on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 524072  Lat: 52.60430 Long: 1.72743

By Road:
From the A47 : At Vauxhall roundabout take 2nd exit. At next roundabout take 3rd exit and follow signs for Historic South Quay.

Pay & display parking available nearby.

Parking: with charge

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 12
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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