Celebrating Norfolk’s maritime history


Due to its coastal location, Norfolk has a wide and varied nautical history, with ships built, launched, battles won, and plenty of sea shanties sung along its shores. There are numerous museums and heritage centres dedicated to the county’s past and the following are among the best – are you ready to learn about Norfolk’s maritime past?

Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth

Housed in a repurposed Victorian herring curing works, the Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth will introduce you to the region’s fishing and maritime heritage, as well as enable you to experience what the town would have been like throughout the years. See historic fishing boats, meet some of the area’s most colourful historical figures, and explore Norfolk’s rich past in a series of hands-on displays.

RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer

Founded in 1824 by William Hillary, the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, which became the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1854, has saved countless people from drowning in the UK’s waters. Henry Blogg of Cromer became the organisation’s most decorated hero; the Henry Blogg Museum pays tribute to the man who helped to save 873 lives, along with exploring the history of Cromer’s association with the RNLI, and revealing some of the area’s most famous rescues. There are numerous events and exhibitions held throughout the year, so it pays to do your research before visiting.

Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn

Located in King’s Lynn, the aptly named Lynn Museum is a journey of discovery through the history of West Norfolk. From its life-size replica of the famous Bronze Age Seahenge structure, to interactive features and galleries, the museum is a feast for your family’s eyes. There’s even an opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of a medieval pilgrim that’s just arrived into port – just what was life like back then? Once you have discovered a little more about the county’s maritime history, retire to your own slice of Norfolk heaven and enjoy the rest of your self-catering holiday.

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