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Historical Event, Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018, free entry

Royal Naval Hospital

Royal Naval Hospital

Royal Naval Hospital


Built in 1811, this former Navy hospital was originally built for Nelson's men. Come and learn of it's fascinating history as a hospital, naval headquarters and residential apartments. Tours of the original Chapel & Nightingale ward.

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 Nightingale ward space in their original condition.

Guided tours will be offered of the Chapel and ward throughout the day.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sep 2018 11:00 to 15:00
No pre-booking required

Access to chapel entrance is very narrow and has steps. Ward Space also has limited access due to number of stairs. On road parking only available in Queens Road. No facilities available for disabled parking.

Tour lasts approximately 20 minutes On road parking only is available in Queens Road. The site is home to 59 private residences and we would ask HOD's visitors to take this into consideration and respect their privacy.


Free entry


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


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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