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Historic Site, next open Fri 3 Feb - Sun 31 Dec 2017, free entry

Great Yarmouth Minster

Great Yarmouth Minster


Great Yarmouth Minster (Church of St. Nicholas) in Great Yarmouth was founded in 1101 by Herbert de Losinga (Bishop of Norwich), as a penance for an act of simony. It is the largest parish church in the country and arguably the oldest building in Great Yarmouth.

During the Medieval period the church was at its most magnificent with stained glass, tapestries, painted and gilded walls, fresco, 19 guild chapels, various relics of the saints and ornate furnishings. At this time Great Yarmouth was the fourth richest town in England. The interior was destroyed at the Reformation and the Priory dissolved.

This church has a fascinating history and has been beautifully restored and maintained. Alongside regular church services, Great Yarmouth Minster also holds a number of events which are open to the public.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Fri 3 Feb - Sun 31 Dec 2017 Mon - Sat 10:00 to 13:00
Opening Times:

Great Yarmouth Minster is normally open daily from 10am until 1pm.

Opening times are dependant on volunteers being available to open the church. Refreshments are usually available during opening times.

Please visit the website for details of Sunday services and other events.


Free entry


Church Plain,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 1NE



See location of Great Yarmouth Minster on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 523079  Lat: 52.61098 Long: 1.72653

By Road
From the A47 follow directions to the seafront. Having gone over the Fullers Hill roundabout, Great Yarmouth Minster (Church of St. Nicholas) is on the left immediately after the pedestrian crossing.


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed