The Tolhouse

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Visit one of the oldest prisons in the country and explore Great Yarmouth’s story of crime and punishment. Use the free audio guide to hear the gaoler and his prisoners describe their experiences. Discover the fate of thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers when punishment included transportation and execution. Enjoy the hands-on activities and find out about the history of this 12th Century medieval former merchant’s house which was transformed into one of the town’s most important civic buildings.

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Opening hours

The Tolhouse Museum will be open on the following dates in 2015 –
29 March - 12 April
4 May
16 May (Museums at Night evening event)
24 - 31 May (excluding Saturday 30 May)
22 July - 31 August (excluding Saturdays)
5 - 6 September (Maritime Festival Weekend)
10 - 13 September (Heritage Open Days)
22 - 30 October
31 October (evening Halloween event)

Except where specified differently above, the opening times for these dates are -
Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturdays - Closed
Sunday 10am - 4pm

Admission charges

Admission prices applicable from 1 April 2015
Adult £3.50
Concession £3.20
Young Person £2.60
Family + 2 adults £9.80
Family + 1 adult £7.30

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Social History

The Tolhouse
Tolhouse Street
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2SH




01493 858900


01493 745459

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