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The Tolhouse Gaol

Published date: July 2020

The Tolhouse Gaol

Located behind the town’s library, close to the town Hall, The Tolhouse Gaol in Great Yarmouth is an interesting attraction and one of the UK’s oldest gaols. Built around 800 years ago, The Tolhouse Gaol with its sturdy stone walls, finely carved doorway and arched windows, looks rather out of place amongst the current modern houses and offices. Once the private residence of a rich merchant whose livelihood probably depended on the nearby quayside, it has also had a long association with the law, having been used as a courtroom, police station and town gaol.

Since the 1880s it has served as a museum and today it tells its fascinating story through the ages and of crime and punishment in Great Yarmouth. Discover its turbulent history, how it has been home to pirates, robbers and murderers, been attacked by rebels and rioters and gutted by enemy bombs. With many displays and hands-on activities, The Tolhouse Gaol is suitable for visitors of all ages.

The Tolhouse Gaol is available for private hire and is a unique venue for a wedding or civil partnership. Situated just minutes from Great Yarmouth’s historic South Quay, it makes the perfect location for a very memorable day.

To find out more about The Tolhouse Gaol, including opening times, admission prices, events and venue hire, please go to their website.

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