The Tollhouse Museum in Great Yarmouth exhibits one of the oldest prisons known in the United Kingdom. Those who come visit the museum have an opportunity to discover Great Yarmouth’s history of crime and punishment dating back from the medieval period to the present day.
A free audio guide allows visitors to hear the gaoler and prisoners describe their “experiences” behind bars. There are plenty of displays and hands-on activities suitable for family members of all ages. Those who visit have a wonderful opportunity to lean about the history of the Tollhouse’s 12th century medieval former merchant’s house which was later transformed into one of Great Yarmouth’s most important civic buildings.
The Tollhouse is located behind the Central Library in Great Yarmouth. Admission is £3.70 for adults and £2 for children ages 4-16. Visitors under 4 years of age are free. Group rates are available for school and non-school tours. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. For more information, call 01493 745526.