Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth's Past

The Time and Tide Museum

The Time and Tide Museum

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The Time and Tide Museum

The Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is housed in a preserved Victorian herring curing works and tells the story of life in Yarmouth and the surrounding area up until the present day. Here, visitors take a journey into the past and discover the fascinating history and rich maritime and fishing industry of Yarmouth as well as people who made their living from the sea. The main building was originally the Tower Fish Curing Works whch was built circa 1850 and closed in 1988, and the Time and Tide Museum now occupies several buildings and a large area outside with exhibitions and displays as well as visitor attractions.

The museum's galleries and exhibitions follow the story of Great Yarmouth from a simple sandbank to a bustling port and fashionable seaside resort. The lively hands-on displays, games, puzzles, free audio guides, fascinating archive film shows and children's activities bring the great story of Yarmouth vividly to life. You can wander through a Victorian 'Row' (a narrow Victorian street with small houses close together) and see inside a fisherman's home. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal Drifter and hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas.

Time and Tide is Norfolk's third largest museum and part of Maritime Heritage East. It is considered to be a museum of national importance and was a finalist in the Council of Europe's Museum of the Year Award. There is an attractive and spacious courtyard under a canopy of sails to relax in, and historic fishing boats moored alongside a 1950's quayside. Children will find plenty to see and do, and parents will enjoy a fascinating insight into Great Yarmouth's past.

English Heritage


Great Yarmouth Row Houses

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. Many ‘Row Houses’ were damaged by World War II bombing or demolished during post-war clearances, but two surviving properties show what these characteristic dwellings looked like at various stages in their history. Both houses also display a wonderful collection of fixtures and fittings – including painted panels, elaborate wall-ties and door-knockers – rescued from other now-demolished row dwellings, a treasure trove for lovers of period decoration. From a small price for a year's membership, English Heritage members enjoy unlimited access to over 400 historic properties across the country, a whole year’s worth of fun days out, free entry for up to six accompanying children per adult member, free or reduced-price entry to exclusive members’ events giving you access to our experts and a glimpse behind the scenes.

See Yarmouth Row Houses

Museum location: Blackfriars' Rd, Great Yarmouth NR30 3BX
Caister Holiday Park: 4.4 miles

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