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Explore Greater Yarmouth museums and period properties

Great Yarmouth is home to a wealth of museums and period properties, many can be found in the area known as the heritage quarter.

Starting at the north of South Quay, the imposing Victorian Town Hall was built in 1878. Available to hire for civil ceremonies, weddings and functions, tours of this important building can also be arranged.

Opposite the Town Hall, the Lydia Eva, Great Yarmouth's last steam drifter, now beautifully refurbished floating museum is moored in the river Yare from April to October. Further south along South Quay, the Elizabethan House, once home to an important Tudor merchant, is a National Trust museum of domestic life in 16th century Great Yarmouth.

Behind the museum, the remains of a 13th century friary of Franciscan ‘grey friars' can be visited with traces of their interior features to be seen on the brickbuilt walls of parts of the cloister and church, laid bare by wartime bombing. Early 14th century wall-paintings were discovered here in the 1960s.Tours of Greyfriars Cloisters, run by English Heritage, are available on selected days, starting from Row 111 House.

The Nelson Museum explores the life and times of England's most celebrated naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson. In Row 111, just off South Quay, visit one of the unique Great Yarmouth Row Houses, run by English Heritage and set out as it would have been in 1942, after the herring girls would have lodged there. Just opposite, the Old Merchant's House is a fine example of Row House living by the more wealthy classes.

Just along King Street, housed in the old gas showroom with a beautiful facade, the David Howkins Museum of Memories pays homage to the Great Yarmouth tapestries.

Located in a Victorian herring curing works, opposite a large section of Great Yarmouth's Medieval town wall, the award-winning Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth life is great fun for all the family to find out what life would have been like when Great Yarmouth was in its herring industry heyday.

Over the road, the Historic Smokehouse at Great Yarmouth Potteries, on the other side of the Medieval Town Wall, has a fine display of local hand made crafts along with treasures saved from countless shipwrecks.

Finally, to the southern end of the town stands Nelson's Monument, also known as The Norfolk Pillar. This Grade 1 listed memorial to Norfolk's most famous son is 43 metres high and 190 years old. Ascents to the top for stunning views of the area can be arranged at The Nelson Museum.

Further afield, Caister Castle Motoring Museum has a superb collection of classic cars and motorcycles to discover and a fine stately home can be explored at Somerleyton. The remains of two Roman forts can be discovered in Caister-on-Sea and at Burgh Castle, and the fascinating local history of the local independent lifeboat service is on display at Caister Lifeboat Station.

Museums and period properties

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

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!

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.

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Lowestoft

Come and explore 12 acres of fabulous landscaped gardens, get lost for a while in our famous 1864 yew hedge maze and let our tour guides take you on a grand tour of Somerleyton Hall's sumptuous state rooms.

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.

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.

Norfolk & Nelson Museum

Nelson Museum

Great Yarmouth

The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth offers you the chance to find out more about local hero, Admiral Lord Nelson, and the times in which he lived.

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.

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.

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth

Arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the town, Great Yarmouth Town Hall was built in the 1880s and is a classic example of fine Victorian Gothic architecture.

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.

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.

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.

Old Merchants House

Great Yarmouth Row Houses

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Row Houses: Experience the sights and sounds of yesterday's Great Yarmouth. Visit these unique and vividly presented houses, one set in 1870 and the other in 1942, just before the incendiary bombing.

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.

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.

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.

The Norfolk Pillar / Nelson's Monument

Nelsons Monument

Great Yarmouth

Nelsons Monument. Standing at over 43 metres high and almost 190 years old, this unique landmark is a Grade 1 listed building and the county's memorial to Norfolks most famous son.

St Benets Abbey

St Benets Abbey

Great Yarmouth

Ruins of a monastery founded in AD1020 by King Canute. A 14th century gatehouse with important carvings, 18th century windmill tower, the foundation of the abbey church and a perimeter wall around the 34 acres of earthworks with fishponds.

Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle

Great Yarmouth

Burgh Castle Fort: Imposing stone walls, with added towers for catapults, of a Roman 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort. Panoramic views over Breydon Water, which the fourth wall collapsed into a long time ago.

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.

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