Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum
Lynn’s fishing families cherished
True’s Yard is built around the last surviving cottages in Lynn’s once thriving North End community. The tiny, carefully recreated rooms capture the harsh realities of fishing life and the traditions and spirit of a close-knit community. The museum reopened in 2010 after a major re-furbishment which has provided new displays, renovated the last surviving smokehouse in the North End and restored the fishing smack which takes pride of place in the small museum courtyard. A museum that’s at the heart of its community – run and staffed by volunteers, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
The museum features an Archive room and library (if you are travelling far, call in advance to check opening). Children’s workshops (booking required). Tours (booking essential). The shop has an excellent selection of local history books. Recommended length of visit: 1 to 2 hours
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Other good things to do nearby
Borrow the key and have your own private visit to St Nicholas Chapel with its 15th century wooden roof and beautifully carved angels. Lynn’s impressive Tuesday Market Place hosts markets on Tuesdays and Fridays. Local specialities on offer include brown shrimps (Tuesdays) and organic fruit and veg, cakes and preserves (Fridays). Just off the Tuesday Market Place is the largest and most complete Medieval guildhall in the country. Today St George’s Guildhall houses Kings Lynn Arts Centre and the excellent Fermoy Art Gallery.
Travel and parking
Just off the Tuesday Market Place on the corner of North Street and St Ann’s Street. Pay and display parking at the Tuesday Market Place and Austin Fields car parks. Public transport: Within easy walking distance of the railway and bus stations and signposted all the way. Direct trains from Cambridge, Hunstanton and London. Norfolk Green buses and First/Eastern Counties.
Open all year, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm (last admission 3.30pm)
Closed over the Christmas period
Child (5-16) £1.50
Under 5s free
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £6
Groups (10+) £3 (includes free tour)
Free entry to the Research Centre, tea room and giftshop
Facilities and access
Access to the upper floors of the fishermen’s cottages is by a small spiral staircase.