Tolhouse Museum



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You can discover the fate of convicted thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers at a time when punishments included transportation or execution in this gruesome but fascinating museum. It’s housed in one of the oldest prisons in the country, and tells the story of Great Yarmouth’s criminals and punishment. Other exhibits detail the history of this former 12th-century merchant’s house that went on to become one of the town’s most important civic buildings.

Tolhouse Museum
Tolhouse Street,GREAT YARMOUTH,NR30 2SH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Lift to ground and 2nd floor, notice preferable
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open during school hols, special event days and selected other dates (see website for details)

About the area

Discover Norfolk

The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.

Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.

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