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Explore unexpected and surprising heritage in Greater Yarmouth

Explore Great Yarmouth, an ancient Norfolk port where the sea meets the Broads with amazing Medieval town walls, Rows designed by the Victorians, and a Minster dating to 1101 combined with the retro chic of the seaside, where you can ride the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the country and have a spin on the unique Joyland snails on the seafront.

 

Old Penny Museum at Merrivale Model Village

Rows, fishwives & spending an old penny

Set on a sandbank between the North Sea and the river Yare, the quickest way to get from Great Yarmouth town centre to the quayside was along the 'Rows' - narrow streets just 34 inches wide in places housing wealthy merchants' houses between fishwives' dwellings, bars and brothels, making for a heady mix.

Find out more about Great Yarmouth life and the riches that the herring trade brought to the town at the award winning Time & Tide museum or English Heritage's Row Houses on Row 111, just two of Great Yarmouth's six museums charting the life and times of the area and its inhabitants.

For retro heritage fun head to the seafront to play on the Old Penny Arcade at Merrivale Model Village, where there are over forty beautifully preserved, fully functioning, absolutely ingenious old penny slot machines.

 

Great Yarmouth Minster

Fish, ships & snails in Greater Yarmouth

In her day the Lydia Eva steam drifter was the last word in modernity, with electric light and a wireless on board. Now fully refurbished, you can go aboard between April and October.

One of six museums locally, this unique floating museum moored on South Quay is the perfect introduction to the port of Great Yarmouth, where you can also find St. Nicholas, the largest parish church in the country, now a Minster, and the second most complete Medieval town wall in England. Built to repel pirates and assaults by n'er-do-wells, the wall still has eleven of its original towers.

Great Yarmouth has architecture from almost every period, including Victorian and Edwardian architecture along the seafront, where retro seaside fun can still be enjoyed today aboard the Joyland snails.

 

Scenic rollercoaster at the Pleasure Beach

Authentic heritage with a scenic twist & smoky aroma

In Great Yarmouth you can explore heritage sites from almost every era. From Roman ruins and a beautifully preserved Elizabethan merchant house on South Quay, to a Medieval town wall housing a former herring Smoke House, now packed with shipwrecked treasure but still smelling of wood smoke.

Meander down Victorian Rows and discover impressive Georgian and Edwardian architecture then enjoy some fabulous retro seaside heritage as you take your place on the oldest wooden rollercoaster in the country. One of only three in the world and dating from 1932, the Scenic Railway on the seafront with its 'brakeman' is the only place you can experience the heritage equivalent of time travel.

 

Heritage attractions

Elizabethan House

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth

Explore four centuries of history under one roof. Stroll around the period rooms in this Tudor merchants house with a free audio tour and try on Tudor costumes.

Merrivale Model Village

Merrivale Model Village

Great Yarmouth

One of Great Yarmouth's best loved family attractions, is set in over an acre of award winning landscaped gardens with streams, waterfalls, lake with Koi Carp, garden railway & picnic area. New for 2016 - the Merrivale Eye!

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)

Merrivale Old Penny Museum

Great Yarmouth

Merrivale Old Penny Amusement Arcade in Great Yarmouth. Come and try out some old-fashioned fun. Part museum, part good-old fashioned fun! Buy a bag of Old Pennies and try your skill and wits against these Victorian devices!

St Mary's church

St Mary's Church, Bungay

Bungay

Brilliant carvings and legendary beast.

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister Castle Car Collection

Great Yarmouth

Caister Castle Car collection near Caister Great Yarmouth, probably the largest private collection of motor vehicles in Great Britain

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Norwich

Wroxham Miniature Worlds is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the uk.

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

Time & Tide in Great Yarmouth is set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian Herring curing works, and tells the story of the area from its ice age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950's fish wharf.

Broadland Boat Train

Broadland Boat Train

Aylsham

A unique day out in Norfolk! Combine a nostalgic journey by steam with a cruise on the beautiful Norfolk Boards.

Bure Valley Models

Bure Valley Models

Aylsham

Part of the Bure Valley Railway, Bure Valley Models is based at our Aylsham Station. And carries one of the most extensive ranges of model railway products in East Anglia and all at very competitive prices.

Bure Valley Railway

Bure Valley Railway

Aylsham

Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge steam railway runs between the old market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads town of Wroxham and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast.

Thursford Collection

Thursford Collection

Fakenham

Thursford Collection is open during the summer as a working museum of mechanical organs, Wurlitzer shows, silent movies, old fashioned fairground carousels, static displays of fairground & road engines & all kinds of related memorabilia.

Caister Lifeboat Information Centre

The Caister Lifeboat Experience

Caister-on-Sea

Caister Lifeboat Information Centre - tracing over 200 years of history of the country's only independently operated lifeboat.

David Howkins Museum of Memories

The David Howkins Museum of Memories

Great Yarmouth

The David Howkins Museum of Memories, Great Yarmouth houses fascinating exhibits including toys and collectibles, the true history of the Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick) and needlework tapestries depicting Great Yarmouth's historic buildings.

Caister Roman Site

Caister Roman Fort

Caister-on-Sea

Caister Fort: Partial excavated remains of a Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort, including wall and ditch sections and building foundations. Built around AD 200 for a unit of the Roman army and navy and occupied until the end of the 4th century.

Tolhouse Museum & Gaol

The Tolhouse Gaol

Great Yarmouth

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.

Stracey Arms Drainage Mill

Stracey Arms Drainage Mill

Great Yarmouth

Stracey Arms Drainage Mill near Great Yarmouth is a drainage mill with access by 2 ladders to the cap showing the brakewheel and gears. Within the mill is an exhibition of the history of drainage mills and a souvenir shop & tea room nearby.

Royal Naval Hospital

Royal Naval Hospital

Great Yarmouth

Completed in 1811 and used firstly as a Royal Navy hospital and subsequently as a barracks, then by the NHS, the building's four magnificent terraces enclose a rare example of a Georgian square and many other original features.

St Olave's Priory

St Olave's Priory

Great Yarmouth

St Olaves priory houses a wonderfully complete 14th century brick-vaulted refectory undercroft - later a cottage occupied until 1902 - of a small Augustinian priory.

Thurne Drinage Mill

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

Great Yarmouth

Thurne Dyke Mill near Great Yarmouth once used for drainage is now privately owned by Morse's Wind Engine Park and holds special open days from April to September.

Wind Energy Museum - Morse Collection

Wind Energy Museum - Morse Collection

Great Yarmouth

The only historical collection of wind engines in Britain, demonstrating the history of Norfolk drainage, with an example of a working scoop wheel. Examples are also held of pumps from America & Australia. Fascinating collection.

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

Great Yarmouth

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre, Great Yarmouth, is the place to find out interesting information all about Great Yarmouth's working windfarm of thirty turbines. Perfect for groups and individuals with an interest in renewable energy.

Greyfriars Cloisters

Greyfriars Cloisters

Great Yarmouth

Greyfriars Cloisters, Great Yarmouth - substantial remains of a church of Franciscan grey friars dating back to 1271. Access to Greyfriars’ Cloisters is by pre-arrangement only.

Horsey Windpump (Windmill)

Horsey Windpump

Great Yarmouth

An early 20th century wind powered drainage mill standing on the edge of Horsey Mere - part of the Broads an internationally important wetland.

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Great Yarmouth

Lydia Eva YH89 built in 1930, last steam drifter returned to her home port of Great Yarmouth in spring 2009 after an extensive restoration facilitated by a heritage lottery grant & other grants as a floating museum of the fishing industry.

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