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Explore unexpected and surprising heritage in Great 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 (book online for a timed entry slot) or English Heritage's Row Houses on Row 111*, just two of Great Yarmouth's 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 Great 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 five 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 (please note, no pre-booking required for Joyland but it is reduced capacity inside).

 

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. Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach are currenly taking online bookings only with a 3 hour time slot.

*Please note these venues are currently closed due to social distancing restrictions

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Discover just some of Great Yarmouth's heritage sites located in the town's heritage quarter just off South Quay.

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Heritage attractions

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth

No opening confirmed. Explore four centuries of history under one roof. Stroll around the period rooms in this Elizabethan merchants home, from the Victorian kitchen and scullery to the grand Elizabethan rooms upstairs.

Walsingham Bridewell

Walsingham

Unrestored Georgian prison in the centre of Little Walsingham.

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth

Reopen 3 August! Pre-booking essential. 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.

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

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

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.

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham

Wroxham Miniature Worlds is the largest indoor modelling attraction in the UK. Great fun for all the family.

The Caister Lifeboat Experience

Caister-on-Sea

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

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.

The Tolhouse Gaol

Great Yarmouth

No opening date confirmed. 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.

Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill

Great Yarmouth

Perfect area for picnics. Mill opens to the public for events. Thurne Mill often attracts media attention for its iconic impact on the Broads landscape and it’s historical importance.

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

Great Yarmouth

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

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.

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.

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.

Berney Arms Windmill

Great Yarmouth

Visit one of Norfolk's best and largest extant marsh mills, built to grind a constituent of cement and in use until 1951, for subsequently pumping water to drain surrounding marshland.

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.

Thrigby Post Mill

Great Yarmouth

Privately owned and visable only over the hedgerows, this post mill of recent construction, almost complete, is on the site of an earlier mill dating from the 1790s. Only open on some Bank Holidays and by special request.

St Margaret's, Hopton

Great Yarmouth

The new St Margaret's church in Hopton-on-Sea near Great Yarmouth was built in 1865 to replace the Medieval church which had burnt down. The ruins of the old church are still to be seen on Coast Road.

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

St Mary Magdalene's, Gorleston

Gorleston-on-Sea

The church of St Mary Magdalene in Gorleston-on-Sea in the heart of the community is very much alive with a full programme of events for all.

St Mary's Church, Southtown

Great Yarmouth

A daughter church of Great Yarmouth Minster serving the Southtown community of Great Yarmouth. A range of community groups meet in the Church hall.

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.

St Edmund's, West Caister

Caister-on-Sea

St Edmund's in West Caister, near Great Yarmouth, stands near the top of the hill on West Road, looking out on a splendid view over the fields to Great Yarmouth and Breydon Water. A Victorian chapel built in 1854. (Image: Norfolk Churches).

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