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Heritage Open Day, Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep 2019, free entry

Tolhouse Gaol

Tolhouse Gaol

Address

Tolhouse Street,
Great Yarmouth,
Norfolk,
NR30 2SH

Details

Discover the history of this 12th Century medieval merchant’s house, that was transformed into one of the town’s most important civic buildings and one of the oldest prisons in the country.

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 would 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. Today it tells the story of the building and of crime and punishment in Great Yarmouth through the ages.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groups

Children welcome

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.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep 2019 10:00 to 16:00
No booking required

Prices

Free entry

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 19 - Sun 22 Sep Tolhouse Gaol

Location

Directions

Plan route to The Tolhouse Gaol using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TG 524072  Lat: 52.60430 Long: 1.72743

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.

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

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.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 12
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit