Great Yarmouth heritage trail, Elizabethan House Museum, Norfolk

Walking trail

Discover the rich maritime heritage of Great Yarmouth. Starting at the Elizabethan House Museum, visit some of the town's oldest buildings and find evidence of its intriguing history. The town has the best preserved medieval walls in the UK; In 1261 King Henry III granted Yarmouth the right to build a town wall and large sections of the walls, including some of the towers, still survive today. It also has the imposing monument commemorating Norfolk's hero, Admiral Lord Nelson.

Take an exciting journey into the past

Ideal walking trail for families.


Map route for Great Yarmouth heritage trail


Elizabethan House Museum, grid ref: TG523073


Start at the Elizabethan House Museum (3 on map).

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Life below stairs at the Elizabethan House Museum


Look at the outside of Greyfriar's Cloisters (1c), and the Town Hall (8). Greyfriar's Cloisters unfortunately are not accessible for the foreseeable future other than on organised tours. Row 111 Houses in the vicinity are also worth a visit. The delightful Row Houses at Row 111 and the Old Merchant’s House are rare remnants of Great Yarmouth’s original distinctive ‘Rows’ which were a network of narrow alleyways linking Yarmouth’s three main thoroughfares. A link to their website is provided at the bottom of the page.

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The ruins of Greyfriar's Cloisters Gt. Yarmouth


Keeping the River Yare on your right, walk along South Quay until reaching the Yare Gallery (4). Take the next left along Nottingham Way and look over Row 111 and 117 Merchant's Houses (1a and 1b).

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The Yare Gallery, Gt. Yarmouth


Now take the third right down Blackfriars Road, and cross the road to the Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life (5).

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Interior shot of Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk


Now cross back over the road, take a look at the Historic Smokehouse at Great Yarmouth Potteries (6) and, turning left, head down Nottingham Way to the next junction. Taking the next right, walk along King Street, passing York Road on the right.

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Gt. Yarmouth Potteries and Smokehouse courtyard


When reaching Yarmouth Way, make a left turn to have a look at the Tolhouse Museum (2), and then retracing your steps to King Street turn left and continue along until reaching the Market Place.

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The Tolhouse Museum in Gt. Yarmouth is one of the oldest prisons in the country.


Now visit St Nicholas church (10). This is the end of our heritage trail, but do take the time to visit the Lydia Eva (9), a floating maritime museum.

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The Lydia Eva is the world's last surviving steam-powered herring drifter, and is based in Gt. Yarmouth


St Nicholas church

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Great Yarmouth heritage trail, Elizabethan House Museum, Norfolk


Pavement walking, suitable for all abilities. The attractions are marked 1a to 10 on the map.

Dogs under close control and on leads only (not admitted to the various museums and attractions).

Great Yarmouth heritage trail, Elizabethan House Museum, Norfolk

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Great Yarmouth heritage trail, Elizabethan House Museum, Norfolk

How to get here

Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2QH
By train

Great Yarmouth Station, ½ mile (0.8km).

By road

From A47 take town-centre signs, then follow brown historic South Quay signs. From A12 follow brown signs.

By foot

Level walk from railway station along North Quay on to South Quay.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Regional Route 30, Great Yarmouth to Cromer.

Great Yarmouth heritage trail, Elizabethan House Museum, Norfolk

Facilities and access

  • Parking at rear of Elizabethan House Museum operated by Borough Council (pay and display) Saturday and Sunday only
  • Other parking available along South Quay and near Blackfriar's Road
  • Refreshments available at the small shop in Elizabethan House Museum and at the Quayside Plaza Restaurant nearby