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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, next open Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018, £3.05-£3.95

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse

Prison Cells - The Tolhouse


Visit one of the UK's oldest gaols, dating back to the 12th century. See the original cells and discover the fate of the thieves, smugglers, witches, pirates and murderers who were confined here. Use the free audio guide to hear the gaoler and his prisoners describe their experiences.

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

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Thu 18 - Sun 28 Oct 2018 Mon - Fri 10:00 to 16:00 | Sun 10:00 to 16:00
Mon to Fri 10am-4pm and Sun 10am-4pm during Norfolk school holidays only (closed most Saturdays unless specified otherwise - please check before visiting) plus additional dates/times listed.

Evening opening on:
18 May 2018 (evening 6-10pm) for Museums at Night events.


2018 Admission Prices:

Museum Pass holders and under 4's free.

Adult £3.95, Conc £3.75
Young Person (4-16) £3.35, Under 4’s FREE
2 Adults + all children £13.90
1 Adult + all children £10.45
Twilight ticket (1 hour before closing) £1.50

Discount for groups, telephone 01493 743943 (non schools) 01493 743944 (schools).

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 24 Oct Furry Familiars and Wicked Witches


Tolhouse Street,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 2SH


See location of The Tolhouse Gaol on Google mapsSee location on 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


  • 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • 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 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


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