Elizabethan House Museum

4 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2QH
+44 (0)1493 855746

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Domestic life and English Civil War derring-do

elizabethan houseThe Elizabethan House is probably one of the Yarmouth quayside houses Daniel Defoe described as looking like ‘little palaces’. This handsome 16th century home invites to you to look into the lives of the families who lived there from Tudor through to Victorian times. It’s set up to give you a real feel for day to day domestic life with rich period settings and evocative sounds and smells – especially in the kitchen! There are clothes to dress up in and kids will love the action-packed toy room.

The Conspiracy Room recalls a fascinating period when Yarmouth sided with Cromwell and the Parliamentarians in the English Civil War. Cromwell visited the house on several occasions and led a successful attack on Royalist Lowestoft, aided by Yarmouth volunteers. Displays also feature the marvelous Haddiscoe Hoard of over 300 silver coins.

The museum also features a free audio guide, Family activities, Living history, Adult learning, Access to reserve collections (contact curator). Recommended length of visit: 1 to 1.5 hours.

The Elizabethan House Museum is a National Trust property which is managed by Norfolk Museums Service.

Special events

Museums at Night will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 19/05/2017
A Merchants Lady will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 29/05/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Prisons & Parlours will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 31/07/2017
A Civil War Conspiracy will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 07/08/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Merchants & Murderers! will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 11/08/2017
An Audience With a Queen! will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 21/08/2017
Heritage Open Days will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 07/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
Mystic Medicine will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 23/10/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Furry Familiars & Wicked Witches will take place at Elizabethan House Museum on 25/10/2017

Other good things to do nearby

The museum is in at the heart of Yarmouth’s Heritage Quarter with all of the town’s museums nearby. From early summer to October you can pay a visit to the Lydia Eva, the last vessel made in the Kings Lynn boatyard and one of Yarmouth’s last working steam herring boats. In the summer the Yacht Station on the River Bure is a hive of activity and you can see sail boats raising and lowering their masts in preparation for heading under the bridges. Fine food is available in the Quayside Plaza, which is also on South Quay.

Travel and parking

Ample pay and display parking nearby. Follow signs on arrival in Yarmouth from Haven Bridge. Public transport is available nearby; ten minutes from the train station and five minutes from the bus station, regular trains from Norwich. Visit National Rail, Various bus services by First Bus to Yarmouth


2 April to 31 October 2017
Monday to Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday – closed
Sunday 10am-4pm


Adult £5.00
Conc. £4.75
Young person (4-18) £4.00
Family ticket:1 adult + children £12.80
Family ticket: 2 adults + children £17.00
Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £1.00

Facilities and access

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Level access on the ground floor only. Audio visual tour available for upper floors.  Telephone for further details.