Tolhouse stairs to the cellsThe Tolhouse Gaol

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.


Family activities, events, living history. Access to the reserve collections, (contact the curator). Recommended length of visit: 1 hour

Special events

Catapults & Castles! will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 03/04/2018
Plundering Pirates! will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 10/04/2018
Museums at Night: Stories of the Sea will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 18/05/2018

Other good things to do nearby

The Tolhouse is at the heart of Yarmouth’s Heritage Quarter, close to the Nelson Museum and Time and Tide Museum.

The Quayside Plaza on South Quay is a great place for a coffee or lunch.

Travel and parking

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

Opening 2018

29 March to 15 April (closed Saturdays 31 March, 7 and 14 April)

6 and 7 May

18 May (6-10pm only for Museums at Night event)

27 May to 3 June (closed Saturday 2 June)

25 July to 5 September (closed Saturdays 28 July, 4,11,18,25 August, 1 September)

6 to 9 September (Heritage Open Days and Maritime Festival weekend)

18 to 28 October (closed Saturdays 20 and 27 October)



Adult £3.95
Conc. £3.75
Young person (4-18) £3.35
Family (1 adult + children) £10.45
Family (2 adults + children) £13.90
Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £1.50
Youth groups, children under 18 and language schools £3.05 per person
Museums Pass holders and under 4s free. Discounts for groups, ring 01493 743943 (non schools), 01493 743944 (schools).

Facilities and Access

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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.