image for Museum item typeMerrivale Old Penny Museum at Merrivale Model Village

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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, free entry



Mr Peter Williamson

01493 842097


Marine Parade,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 3JG

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)

Old Penny Museum (image - Alan B Thompson)


Merrivale Old Penny Amusement Arcade in Great Yarmouth. Step back in time and visit our unique Old Penny Arcade.

We have a wide range of fantastic vintage slot machines dating from the twenties to the sixties in our Old Penny Museum including old favourites such as the infamous 'Laughing Sailor,' 'What the Butler Saw' (mutoscope) and 'All Wins' machines.

Put your penny in the slot and crank the handle, ping the lever, shoot a ball and beat your component! The old time mechanics provide hours of amusement and fun trying to work out how the machine operates whilst admiring their ingenious designs.

Bags of old pennies are available from the Merrivale gift shop for a small fee.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowed


Free entry

Bags of old pennies are available for a small fee.



See location of Merrivale Model Village on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 531066  Lat: 52.59854 Long: 1.73622

By Road:
Take the A12 to Great Yarmouth. The Model Village is on Marine Parade next to Wellington Pier and Pleasure Beach Gardens.


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu

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


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
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