The Tolhouse Gaol

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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

*Open only for school holiday periods and event days*
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Closed Saturday
Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Below is the full list of open dates for 2018. Opening hours are 10am-4pm unless specified otherwise.

29 March to 15 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 Saturday 2 June)
6 to 9 September (Heritage Open Days and Maritime Festival weekend)
18 to 28 October (closed Saturdays 20 and 27 October)

Admission charges

Adult £3.95
Concession £3.75
Young Person £3.35
Family + 2 adults £13.90
Family + 1 adult £10.45

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Museums at Night: Medieval Mayhem

  • 17 May 2019 6-10pm

Come to our annual celebration of everything great about our museums! This year we are exploring Great Yarmouth's colourful Medieval history! Meet interesting and unusual town characters and take part in fun activities for all the family and be swept away into our towns vibrant past.

The Tolhouse Gaol will look at the dark world of medieval crimes - and punishments...

Suitable for

  • Any age



The Tolhouse Gaol
Tolhouse Street
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2SH

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01493 858900

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