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Tolhouse Museum

Great Yarmouth Library Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2SH, England
+44 1493 858900
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While on holiday in Great Yarmouth my wife and I tried to visit this attraction but found it all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
milmicfau
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Telford, United Kingdom
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Great place

We visited at the end of May and really enjoyed it! Well worth a visit! The cells are actually... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
Claire R
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At first sight, The Tolhouse seems strangely out of place, like a relic of a bygone age stranded amongst the modern streets, houses and offices of Great Yarmouth. When it was built about 800 years ago, it must have looked a grand place, with its sturdy stone walls, finely carved doorway and arched windows. Then it was the home of a rich merchant whose livelihood no doubt depended on the nearby quayside. Before long, however, the house passed into the hands of the Yarmouth town officials. So began its long association with the law, as the courtroom for various different types of courts, the town gaol with the notorious dungeon known as ‘the hold’, and a police station. The Tolhouse has certainly had a turbulent history. Over the years it has been home to pirates, robbers and murderers as well as countless common crooks. It has been attacked by rebels and rioters and gutted by enemy bombs. Since the 1880s, the building has housed a museum. Open for selected dates in 2018
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Great Yarmouth Library Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth NR30 2SH, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While on holiday in Great Yarmouth my wife and I tried to visit this attraction but found it all locked up .Apparently it's only open during school holidays.It seems that no one except school children are allowed to see inside,not a good advertisement for the...More

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timet123, Admin Assistant at Tolhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Many thanks for your feedback and sorry to hear of your disappointment at being unable to visit the Tolhouse Museum during visit to Great Yarmouth. Due to funding cuts we have had to change the opening dates and hours of the museum over the...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

We visited at the end of May and really enjoyed it! Well worth a visit! The cells are actually quite eerie but fascinating at the same time. We actually captured something interesting too on one of our photos we took! We will definitely visit again.

Thank Claire R
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Took my son here the other day while on holiday and we went to the nelson museum first and when we came out it was raining so I said let's pop into the Tolhouse museum and have a look around because it was only a...More

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timet123, Admin at Tolhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

We are sorry to hear of your disappointment at a recent visit to the Tolhouse Museum. The museum is advertised as a small site with capacity to spend an hour there at the most, and admission fee is priced accordingly. In addition to this we...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

A small museum but really interesting, showing what the jail used to be like in olden days. Well worth a visit in Great Yarmouth

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

fantastic museum, great history of pirates, witches, etc all have been held in prison here, dungeons are awesome.

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

My daughter found this on the internet and what a great find it is interactive, interesting and worth every penny. There is a voucher on the Norfolk Museum Site for a pound off per person.

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Heard that this museum was open Thursdays and Fridays from one website and open every day in a local guide book. However was disappointed to discover it wasn't open when we attempted to visit this Thursday (14th September). Heard at another museum that it is...More

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timet123, Front Office Manager at Tolhouse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Hello, Many thanks for your review and sorry to hear of your disappointment at finding the museum closed on that date. We do endeavour to ensure that all information re opening dates is correct but have no control over external websites. The Tolhouse Museum will...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Had a really enjoyable visit here as part of the heritage festival. Loved looking at the old prison cells. Would go again

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

Very informative, interesting and reminder of how things have changed over the last centuries. 90 minute visit, very good

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Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

A small but interesting museums, there is dressing up and brass rubbing for the children. Over 3 floors the various parts are accessible by lift. The dungeon may be scary for some smaller children but my 5 and 4 year olds were fine with it...More

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