The Tolhouse Museum
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, living history. Access to the reserve collections, (contact the curator). Recommended length of visit: 1 hour
Museums at Night will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 19/05/2017 - 31/07/2017
Plundering Pirates will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 02/06/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Prisons & Parlours will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 31/07/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Merchants & Murderers! will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 14/08/2017
Heritage Open Days will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 07/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
Double Bumper History Day: Furry Familiars & Wicked Witches will take place at The Tolhouse Museum on 25/10/2017
Other good things to do nearby
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 available; ten minutes from the train station and five minutes from the bus station. Regular trains from Norwich. Various bus services by First Bus.
10am-4pm unless stated otherwise
2 April – 17 April (closed Saturday 8 & 15 April)
30 April & 1 May
19 May (evening only for Museums at Night event)
28 May – 4 June (closed Saturday 3 June)
23 July – 5 September (closed Saturdays)
7-10 September (Heritage Open days 7-10 September & Maritime Festival 9-10 September)
20 – 29 October (closed Saturday 28 October)
27 October (evening for Museums at Night event)
Young person (4-18) £3.05
Family (1 adult + all children) £9.70
Family (2 adults + all children) £12.90
Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £1.00
Museums Pass holders and under 4s free. Discounts for groups, ring 01493 743943 (non schools), 01493 743944 (schools).
Facilities and Access
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.