The Tolhouse Gaol - Historic House in Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth - Great Yarmouth

The Tolhouse Gaol

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Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here. Use the free audio guide to hear the gaoler and his prisoners describe their experiences.

There are no toilet facilities in the Tolhouse Gaol – Great Yarmouth Library toilets can be used during normal opening hours (NB closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays).

There are a lot of steps and uneven floor surfaces in this historic building.

Access for people with mobility issues and wheelchairs is very limited and would be restricted to only one area which is accessed via a separate door at street level. This would need to be pre-booked as an extra mem ber of staff is required to assist.

The Tolhouse Goal is open during school holidays Monday to Friday and Sunday (10am to 4pm). Closed on Saturdays.

For any queries please tel. (01493) 858900 or 743930.

Guide Prices

2023/24 Admission Prices

Museum Pass holders and under 4's free.

Adult £4.80
Concession £4.60
Child £4.20
Adult in Family Group £4.40
Twilight Tickets (after 3pm) £1.50

Discount for groups of 12 people or more. Contact either by telephone to 01493 743930 or email



  • Assistance dogs welcome

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Online Booking Possible


  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Sole use of venue - Tolhouse Museum can be hired for private events such as Paranormal Investigation Events and filming.


  • Free Parking
  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: From the A47 : At Vauxhall roundabout take 2nd exit. At next roundabout take 3rd exit and follow signs for Historic South Quay. Pay & display parking available nearby. There is free parking on the Quayside. The nearest railway station is Yarmouth Vauxhall, which is 1 mile away.

The Tolhouse Gaol

Type:Historic House

Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2SH

Tel: 01493 858900

Opening Times

Spring Summer Opening 2024 - School Holidays (2 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

* The Tolhouse Gaol is open during school holidays only.
Closed November to March. Closed on Saturdays.