The Tolhouse Gaol - Museum 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 possible but has to be booked in advance, due to an extra member of staff needing to be present to operate the lift (NB the lift cannot be used unless prior booking made as it links to the library building).
For any queries please tel. (01493) 858900 or 743930.

Guide Prices

2022/2023 Admission Prices (to 31st March 2022):

Museum Pass holders and under 4's free.

Adult £4.60
Concession £4.40
Child £4
Adult in Family Group £4.20
Family 2 adults + 2 children £17.20
Family 1 adult + 2 children £12.60

Discount for groups, telephone 01493 743943 (non schools) 01493 743944 (schools).



  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Venue approved for civil marriage


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

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

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.

The nearest railway station is Yarmouth Vauxhall, which is 1 mile away.

The Tolhouse Gaol


Tolhouse Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2SH

Tel: 01493 858900

Opening Times

Season (3 Apr 2022 - 19 Apr 2022)
Monday - FridayOpen

* General Opening Text