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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
Beach Coach Station
Free entry and hot drink
TG 524071 52.60379 1.72666
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 access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for educational visits
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Smoking not allowed
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Within 50 metres approx. of entrance
- The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
- is solid
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Is flat (i.e. without steps)
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- To the gift shop
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Contrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
- Baby changing facilities
- Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
- Steps to the main entrance
- 2Number of steps to entrance
- Ramp to entrance
- Entrance is well lit
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Clear signage
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
- Audible alarm system