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Heritage Open Day, Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep 2019, free entry

Skippings Gallery

Skippings Gallery

Skippings Gallery


Walking tours of the Great Yarmouth Rows will start from Skipping's Gallery, 133 King Street.
Explore some of the rows around this area and South Quay. Along the way you will hear about history of the Rows and of the people who lived in them.

These distinct narrow lanes which run from east to west throughout the town of Great Yarmouth, provided access routes from the Denes to the River Yare dating back to mediaeval times.

There were many rows built within the confines of the Great Yarmouth Town Wall but it was not until 1804, when they were officially numbered from north to south that the total was recorded as 145. Prior to this the rows were referred to by a unique name which reflected on a person of significance to the row, town or business such as a Tavern.

The Rows are an important part of the social history of Great Yarmouth as they housed the people of the town and with that there are many stories to come from them. They have been the focus of notable writers such as Dickens and Defoe but have also been the inspiration for other creative works through photography and art.

The rows and the people who lived there, had many hard times through tragedies in fire, illnesses and disasters until the subsequent damage during the first and second world wars along with their already steady deterioration made way for clearance to then re-plan and re-develop some parts of the town. This tour will highlight some of the people who were part of their history.

Max 10 people per tour/session. Walking tours take approximately 45 mins to 1hr starting from 11.30 at Skippings Gallery

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 11:30 to 12:30
Booking preferred

Some areas of the tour may involve crossing roads and moving down narrow spaces.


Free entry


Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust


133 King Street,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 2PQ


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