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Explore history and heritage in Greater Yarmouth

Heritage - discover the unexpected

A landscape changed by the sea over the centuries

Discover the unexpected in Greater Yarmouth, an area where the sea has had an incredible impact on life and landscape over the centuries.

Greater Yarmouth has fascinating heritage to explore from almost every era and beautiful architecture to match. Roman ruins can be seen at Burgh Castle and Caister-on-Sea. Almost every village in the borough has a Medieval church and Great Yarmouth itself has the second most complete Medieval town wall in England with eleven out of the original 16 towers still standing.

Discover more about the area's maritime heritage and architecture from Row Houses to Smoke Houses which founded the town's herring industry - see our ideas for fascinating heritage days out.

With six museums in central Great Yarmouth to explore, including the award winning Time and Tide museum, come and trace the fascinating Great Yarmouth heritage and history along the Medieval town wall to the Fishermen's Hospital via the old Tolhouse gaol. Admiral Lord Nelson was a frequent visitor to the busy port, where wealthy merchants built their houses.

As you're walking around the resort, look up over shop and amusement façades and admire the history of Great Yarmouth with some stunning architecture, dating back hundreds of years, with ornate carvings and embellishments, architrave and decoration.

If you'd like to find out more, our guided heritage walks start in April and go through to the end of October and depart from various points around Great Yarmouth.

Heritage Open Days in the borough of Greater Yarmouth take place from 7-10 September 2017 with more than 20 different buildings open and with tours available.

Heritage signpost

Heritage Quarter Map

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 Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Explore the borough of Greater Yarmouth with four fantastic days of free heritage.

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Museums and heritage sites

Elizabethan House

Elizabethan House Museum

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)

Merrivale Old Penny Museum

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

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!

Caister Castle Car Collection

Caister Castle Car Collection

Great Yarmouth (3 miles, 5 km)

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

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Time and Tide - Museum of Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 1 km)

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.

Norfolk & Nelson Museum

Nelson Museum

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

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.

The Norfolk Pillar / Nelson's Monument

Nelsons Monument

Great Yarmouth (1 miles, 2 km)

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.

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

Scroby Sands Visitor Centre

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

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.

Caister Roman Site

Caister Roman Fort

Caister-on-Sea (3 miles, 5 km)

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 (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

Great Yarmouth Row Houses

Great Yarmouth Row Houses

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 1 km)

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.

Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle

Great Yarmouth (4 miles, 6 km)

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.

St Benets Abbey

St Benets Abbey

Great Yarmouth (10 miles, 16 km)

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.

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Lydia Eva - The Last Steam Drifter

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

Greyfriars Cloisters

Greyfriars Cloisters

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

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 (7 miles, 10 km)

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

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth Town Hall

Great Yarmouth (0 miles, 0 km)

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.

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

Somerleyton Hall and Gardens

Lowestoft (6 miles, 10 km)

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.

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