Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian herring curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea. Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Wander down a typical 1913 'Row' and see inside the homes of a local fisherman and his neighbours. Explore the smokehouses, where the lingering aroma of smoked herring is a reminder of times gone by. See website for details of of our events programme. Museum gift shop available. Silver Darlings Cafe open daily for drinks, snacks and full meals.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Gwenda S
    Sheffield, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative
    A very interesting museum. My partner and I was recommended this by his son (as it was my first visit to Yarmouth) as we wanted to do/see something different. When he said a museum I thought it would be like other similar attractions, but this was so much more. There is a car park across the road, which wasn't busy, we arrived just as a school had finished. We will definitely be going back as we were unsure about the length of time it would take to get back to where we parked the car. (As we had parked elsewhere).
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Pinxspangles
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic little museum
    What a fantastic little museum all about Great Yarmouth's history, admittedly much of it herring based! From the recreated 'row' (a narrow street) to the pervading smell of smoked fish (the museum is built in a former herring smoke house) the museum was very informative and fun for my 14yo and 11yo who proved they weren't too old for the interactive parts-They particularly enjoyed the dress up areas. It was very reasonably priced at £32.40 for a family of 3 adults and 2 kids and we were there for ages and only left when it was closing (we had to rush the last little bit). All in all a great afternoon was spent there and I would definitely recommend it as we learnt lots about the area!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • jeanz8
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    We arrived early so were looking at the wall art in the local area. I showed my Blue Badge and paid £7 and my adult daughter/my carer got in free As soon as the attraction was opening we were invited in and had started our stroll round prior to the school excursion arriving. It was extra fun hearing the childrens excitement being there and them sitting to hear about the Punch & Judy Show. We gave it a miss as there were no seats. It was nice to saunter round, reading the information provided on the different displays. We really enjoyed the recreation of The Row and taking a look in each of the rooms. We enjoyed our visit and there are little places to sit as you go round if you need to (I did). I wish I had known about the lift sooner! Definitely recommend, the local Hotels carry leaflets for some attractions but ours did not have anything at all on this attraction so we were glad we had found it online. It could have done to have been signposted a little better from the sea front too.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Jade S
    442 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum, well worth a visit
    We found the Time and Tide Museum very interesting and we learned a lot about the history of Great Yarmouth and its herring trade heritage. The displays were really well presented in a way that grasped our interest and made us want to read on. The reconstructed narrow Victorian 'row' was great to walk along and explore the little shops and rooms along there. We also really liked the retro exhibition, especially the PacMan game which I particularly enjoyed playing! The location is good, just around 6 minutes' walk from the main promenade.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Matthew
    Hitchin, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting with something for all
    Had a great time with really interesting exhibits, friendly staff and lovely cup of tea to top it off. 2nd time visiting and new things every time time. The retro exhibit is still my favourite.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Joanne B
    Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quaint museum of local history
    As a museum pass holder I visit many museums. I love the quaint building and set up of this museum. Shows a great insight into local history. It's great that they change the exhibition room periodically to show new displays. After reading about Robert Hales, the Norfolk giant that joined PT Barnum's circus, I visited his grave in West Somerton.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • herefordliz
    Hereford, United Kingdom5,397 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Place
    This was recommended by a friend of mine and what a fantastic place to visit. Time and Tide occupies the premises of the Tower Fish Curing Works, which closed in 1988. It is a wonderful place to visit and has a fantastic bare bones exhibition which is there until 7th October. This is well worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 September 2023
  • PAUL B
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tucked away but well worth seeking out
    The small courtyard entrance area belies the actual content of the museum. We were blown away by the exhibits and ended up spending far longer than we intended. The layout of the old row houses and the use of the old smoke house as part of the exhibition space is brilliant. We stopped in at the cafe on the way out and the food was excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Keith589
    52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wher to learn about Yarmouth and the herring fishery
    This is an exceptionally good local museum about Yarmouth and the herring fishery. We visited as part of a weekend showing my daughter where I'd grown up. The re-created Row was particularly good and atmospheric, as we'd just been tracking down Rows where my family had lived. Also a panel about the sea captain father of one of my old next-door neighbours. Also has plenty of activities for children, so covers all ages
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Karen C
    Shillington, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deceptively large and lots to see
    We visited the museum on a wet October afternoon during the school half term. The museum is deceptively large, and there was lots to see. I particularly enjoyed the recreation of a Great Yarmouth row. Reasonably priced entry and would visit again.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 November 2023
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Gemma L
282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We arrived later to this museum and purchased the twilight ticket which was great value. There was so much to see, had we known we'd have come earlier! About 5 minutes before closing someone did come round and say it was closing soon which we understood, so we hurried the last part of the museum. When we got back to the entrance we had spotted a few bits in the shop we'd have liked to buy- but as we were browsing we were told the till had been removed and we had to leave. Whilst we appreciate the museum had closed, you would think there would be approx 10-15 minutes to get everyone out, purchases made etc. It very much felt like we were forced out, and as such didn't spend any more money like we'd planned! Other than that it was a nice hour spent!
Written 13 January 2022
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TG89
Redditch, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Upon visiting with the wife on a wet, windy Tuesday, we were personally greeted at the entrance before having a friendly chat with another lady on the reception desk.

With little knowledge of Yarmouth coming from the Midlands ourselves, we found the museum to be a fascinating tribute to the once colossal fishing industry in the town with enlightening exhibits that really brought its importance to life, alongside the importance of tourism ever since its decline.

As we would rather shoot ourselves in the foot with a stapler gun than watch Star Wars, the limited exhibit was always going to be ignored by us which of course was no fault of the museum's, rather our personal taste, though i'm sure Star Wars fans (knowing a few myself) would be frothing at the mouth if they were to visit.

Overall, a pleasant experience in the back streets of Yarmouth. Keep up the good work.
Written 28 August 2020
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Thank you for your review and so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We host a couple of exhibitions each year with a variety of themes - so please do come back again if in the area to see what we have on show at the time.
Written 31 August 2020
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Laf88
Peterborough, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
This is the first time I have visited this place. We went as two adults a 3 year old and 10 month old. This place is amazing, it's so interactive and hands on for the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We stayed about an hour but if you were able to read everything you could stay much longer. We also saw the tattoo exhibition which was interesting.
Written 6 March 2020
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Alice F
London, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
Such a great museum with lots to look at, read and experience. The museum felt completely safe with staff wearing facemasks, speaking with visitors about the safety measures and everything felt very clean. I learned a lot about the history of Great Yarmouth which was very interesting!
Written 27 September 2020
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Rebecca G
Chichester, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is the best museum I have visited for years. From the 'Row' at the start, through all the subsequent rooms, the story unfolds of the fishing industry in Great Yarmouth and the people who worked in it. The displays are compelling and impressive, and the descriptions really well written. We stayed for hours and came away buzzing.

The restaurant is also worth a mention. We had an excellent meal, with superb and friendly services.

The whole experience is highly recommended.
Written 7 July 2021
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Pinxspangles
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
What a fantastic little museum all about Great Yarmouth's history, admittedly much of it herring based! From the recreated 'row' (a narrow street) to the pervading smell of smoked fish (the museum is built in a former herring smoke house) the museum was very informative and fun for my 14yo and 11yo who proved they weren't too old for the interactive parts-They particularly enjoyed the dress up areas. It was very reasonably priced at £32.40 for a family of 3 adults and 2 kids and we were there for ages and only left when it was closing (we had to rush the last little bit). All in all a great afternoon was spent there and I would definitely recommend it as we learnt lots about the area!
Written 3 August 2023
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journeyman20
Peterborough22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
An Absolute Gem Of A "Find" In Great Yarmouth. The Experience Covers The Full History Of The Herring Industry Of Great Yarmouth, With So Much More Included From The Early Bronze Age Through To The Romans (What Did They Ever Do For Us!! LOL). Then Through A Fascinating Exhibition Of Great Yarmouths Connections To The Titanic, Onto The Great War And The Second World War, Culminating In A Star Wars Exhibition. It Is A Vibrant Interactive Experience Certainly Not "Stuffy Or Starchy" In Any Way, Adults And Kids Alike Will Love It. Very Very Friendly, Professional And Knowledgeable Staff. My Wife And I Were There 3 Hours And To Be Honest Given The Time Could have Spent All Day. BRILLIANT!!
Written 23 September 2020
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Michael G
Baldock, UK144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Visited on Saturday 24th October and what a great few hours we had.
We were met at the door by a very helpful and cheerful lady, who explained all the new rules for covid and some other details about the museum and locality.
The museum was very good and all of our party enjoyed it and our age span was from 11 years old up to 75 years old.
Well worth the visit and would highly recommend.
Written 27 October 2020
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Virverax M
In the sticks20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Tide and Time is a well curated display that highlights the many significant landmarks in the history of Great Yarmouth- above all the herring industry, bombing in WW1 and WW2, the impact of war on the maritime industry, the Caister lifeboat, Anglo Saxon and pre historic Norfolk and quite a few other things too. So much so that it needs a bigger home to do it justice (may I suggest the old sleazy lap dancing site on the main drag ????) on the other hand, using an old smoke House lends authenticity to the herring exhibits.

I've never seen so many blue plaques in one UK town (a blue plaque marks a site where a historic figure lived ) for example Charles Dickens who was a notable visitor to the town. But there are many others, my suggestion would be for those to be referenced in future.

Entry price is very reasonable and in terms of bang for buck one of the best museums I've ever visited.

It needs a good long visit for best effect, massively recommended.
Written 28 January 2023
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Seafarers62
Great Oakley, UK220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Set in one of the UK's best preserved Victorian herring curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s fish wharf and take the wheel of a steam drifter. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet some of the colourful characters who made their living from the sea.Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Wander down a tupical 1913 'Row' and see inside the homes of a local fisherman and his neighbours. Explore the smokehouses, where the lingering aroma of smoked herring is a reminder of times gone by. Museum gift shop available. The Silver Darlings Cafe to rest your weary feet.Great value for money museum
Written 23 September 2021
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