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The Tolhouse Museum

Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH
+44 (0)1493 858900  
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A story of crime and punishment

Take a journey through crime and punishment in Great Yarmouth in one of England’s oldest prisons. Learn of the fates of thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers. Hear both gaoler and prisoners tell their stories of transportation, incarceration and execution.

There are plenty of hands-on activities for children and the basement prison cells are genuinely chilling.  Plus find out about the early history of this 12th Century medieval former merchant’s house which became one of Yarmouth’s most important civic buildings.

  • Free audio guide
  • Family activities
  • Events
  • For access to the reserve collections, contact the curator
  • Living history


Recommended length of visit: 1 hour

Other good things to do near by
The Tolhouse is at the heart of Yarmouth’s Heritage Quarter, close to all the other town museums. The Quayside Plaza on South Quay is a great place for a coffee or lunch.

For a taste of the Broads, take a trip on the restored pleasure cruiser, the Southern Belle. You can cruise the River Yare to the Berney Arms Windmill or cross the remarkable Breyden Water to go to the Roman fort of Burgh Castle.

Travel and parking
Ample pay and display parking nearby. Follow signs on arrival in Yarmouth from Haven Bridge.

Public transport
Ten minutes from the train station and five minutes from the bus station.
Regular trains from Norwich.
Various bus services by First Bus.


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Other access information
Wheelchair users please call ahead to arrange for access to the ground floor. Lift access to the ground and first floor; wheel chair to borrow and accessible toilet only available during library opening hours, Monday to Saturday. Telephone for further details 01493 844551 .