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Group Visits


26 South Quay,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 2RG

Norfolk & Nelson Museum

Norfolk & Nelson Museum


The Nelson Museum, Great Yarmouth, is pleased to welcome visiting groups and provides a range of group friendly rates/incentives to enhance your visit.

The Nelson Museum, Great Yarmouth helps us to understand Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and the times in which he lived.

The Naval Room illustrates Nelson’s life, from his Norfolk childhood through his famous battles to his tragic, heroic death. See how the public have commemorated Nelson over the last two centuries. Use our interactive activities to find out about knots, flags and navigation.

Soft music plays in the Merton Room, where Nelson gazes into the candlelight – what could he be dreaming of – his wife Fanny, his mistress Emma or his illegitimate daughter Horatia? Find out about Nelson’s fading looks, his mesmerising personality, his terrible wounds and illnesses and his scandalous love life.

See the Nile Tables, where Nelson planned his crashing victory against the French in 1798, and the beautifully embroidered bed-hangings in which he spent his last night in England.

In the Below Decks Experience, amongst the hammocks and mess tables, imagine that you are a press-ganged sailor on HMS Victory. Press the ship’s biscuit to hear your colleagues talking as you sail towards Cape Trafalgar to engage the French and Spanish fleets.

Find out about life on board ship in Georgian times. Avoid the rats and don’t breathe too deeply – naval ships smelled terrible!

Look in the mirror as you try on the wigs and clothes that people wore in Nelson’s time. The Maritime Courtyard features ships’ games such as skittles, dominoes and quoits. We also have four cannons – two are English and two are French – they could have been firing at us…Visitors sit in the sun at our picnic tables or just relax on the hammock in our scented Georgian garden.

26 South Quay is a Great Yarmouth Grade II listed building dating from the 1500s. By 1800 Great Yarmouth was at its peak: the quay was a hive of commerce and the British Fleet often used the port, as they did in 1801 for the battle of Copenhagen.

In 2001 the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust purchased and renovated the building. Mr Ben Burgess formed the collection throughout his lifetime. He entrusted the museum’s trustees with the task of creating a museum to house his collection. His dream was realised when the Norfolk Nelson Museum was opened by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 2002.

Museum facilities include a gift shop, toilets, an excellent research library (appointment only) an Education Room, a Meeting and Conference room available for hire and full disabled access to public areas.

Group rates are available please call directly for further details

Coach park: Beach Coach Station

Drop off: South Quay

Driver: Free entry and hot drink

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Last admission half an hour before closing time.


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Map reference: TG 524071  Lat: 52.60379 Long: 1.72666

By Road:
From the A47 go straight across the 1st roundabout and take right at the next one (signposted Historic South Quay). Continue as the road bears left onto Hall Quay and onto South Quay as you drive with the river on your right and town hall on your left. We are just after Yarmouth Way and the library.


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • 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 a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
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