William Marriott Museum

c/o North Norfolk Railway, Holt Station, Cromer Road, Holt, NR25 6QA
+44 (0) 1263 710484
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Norfolk’s railways treasured

This museum tells the story of East Anglia’s railways and in particular William Marriott’s Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway (or the ‘Muddle and Get Nowhere’ as it was affectionately known). Marriott masterminded and ran the railway lines that opened up the Broads and the North Norfolk coast to tourism.  Most of Norfolk’s M&GN lines were closed in 1959 but local people rescued a section to create the Poppy Line and this museum.

Housed in a replica of a typical railway goods shed, the museum places a colourful range of artefacts and ephemera, alongside fascinating information about the building and workings of railways, their local impact and the day to experiences of train travellers. A trip on the North Norfolk Railway itself, with its wonderful sea views and nostalgic atmosphere, is also highly recommended.

There are reserve collections and archives covering the history of railways in East Anglia (contact the curator to arrange a visit). Recommended length of visit: 30 minutes to one hour.

Special events

No Events listed at present

Other good things to do near by

The historic Georgian town of Holt is renowned for its cafés, restaurants and shopping. Nearby attractions include the Muckleburgh Military Collection at Weybourne and the National Trust’s Sheringham Park  and Felbrigg Hall. You can walk or cycle part of an old M&GN railway line on the Marriotts Way which is named after William Marriot.

Travel and parking

Brown signs from the eastern end of the Holt bypass. Parking on site. Suggested £1 donation per car towards station upkeep. Public transport: Holt station and the museum are ¾ mile out of the town. Bittern Line train service from Norwich to Sheringham. North Norfolk Railway from Sheringham and Weybourne. Local bus services from Norwich, Fakenham, Sheringham and Holt. For info visit Traveline.


March to October when trains are running on the North Norfolk Railway.
Open from 11am to 3.30pm, opening hours may be extended during special events and during high season running days


Adults FREE on presentation of NNR travel ticket – Otherwise £1
Child ( under 16) free

Facilities and access




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Other access information: Telephone for further details.