Elizabethan House Museum

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The Elizabethan House Museum is an Elizabethan house by the Quayside in Great Yarmouth that is now run as a museum with exhibits that depict family life from Tudor to Victorian times.

Originally a prosperous merchant’s dwelling, this meticulously preserved timber-framed house, believed to have been built around 1596, is presented with period furnishings to illustrate what life would have been like during 16th-century England.

Elizabethan House Museum in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (Photo: Jo Turner [CC BY-SA 2.0])
Elizabethan House Museum in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (Photo: Jo Turner [CC BY-SA 2.0])

What to see at the Elizabethan House Museum

Visitors to the Elizabethan House Museum step into a meticulously preserved time capsule, immersing themselves in the fascinating tapestry of 16th-century England. This timber-framed dwelling, believed to have been constructed around 1596, unfolds its history through carefully recreated rooms, each offering a window into the daily life of its Elizabethan occupants.

Inside, each room is meticulously recreated to reflect the lifestyle of the house’s former inhabitants. From the kitchen, adorned with vintage utensils and culinary implements, to the opulent bedchambers with their richly embroidered tapestries, visitors can traverse the centuries, gaining insights into the daily rituals and customs of Elizabethan life.

The museum also shows a few of the house’s hidden secrets, including a concealed priest hole, a relic from a time when religious tensions ran high. The museum also has exhibits, interactive displays and knowledgeable guides who bring the past to life with compelling stories and anecdotes.

Beyond its architectural and historical significance, the Elizabethan House Museum is a testament to Great Yarmouth’s maritime legacy, standing amidst a network of medieval alleyways that once buzzed with the activities of merchants and sailors.

Visiting the Elizabethan House Museum

The Elizabethan House Museum is located in Great Yarmouth’s historic quayside overlooking the River Yare. From here, most other points of interest are no more than a 15-minute walk away.

The museum is open from April until October and admission is free of charge for National Trust members.

The location near the town centre means that there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby.

Most visitors allow 1½–2 hours to visit the museum.

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