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Explore Great 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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Museums and period properties

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.

Wroxham Miniature Worlds

Wroxham

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Castle Car Collection

Great Yarmouth

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

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.

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!

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.

Wind Energy Museum - The Morse Collection

Great Yarmouth

Reopen 2021. The Wind Energy Museum - Morse Collection at Repps with Bastwick is the only historical collection of wind engines in Britain, demonstrating the history of Norfolk drainage, with an example of a working scoop wheel.

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.

Museum

Great Yarmouth

The Falcon Brewery, Great Yarmouth, a working brewery producing over 7500 pints of craft ale every week, with a Lacons gift shop and a visitor centre charting Lacons local brewing heritage. See website for public open days and tours also.

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.

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.

Hunters Yard Museum

Great Yarmouth

Please see www.huntersyard.co.uk for visitor information.

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.

Burgh Castle Roman Fort

Great Yarmouth

One of the best preserved Roman monuments in East Anglia, and one of the most impressive Roman buildings to survive anywhere in Britain. During the 3rd and 4th centuries AD it was one of a chain of ‘Forts of the Saxon Shore’.

Great Yarmouth Minster

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Minster was founded in 1101 by Herbert de Losinga (Bishop of Norwich), as a penance for an act of simony. It is the largest parish church in the country and arguably the oldest building in Great Yarmouth.

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.

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