1. Caister Lifeboat Heritage Museum
Just a few minutes down the road from Belle Aire, Hemsby is this wonderful Norfolk museum. Caister Lifeboat is an operational lifeboat centre today and you can explore the current lifeboats as well as the interactive museum. The Caister Lifeboat Experience is open every Sunday and Wednesday from April until October, every bank holiday, and also on Saturdays and Thursdays in the Summer school holidays. Admission is free.
For more information on the Caister Lifeboat heritage museum and visitor centre, visit their website here: http://www.caisterlifeboat.org.uk/visit.html
2. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
If you’re in Norwich for the day, or are happy to take the 45 minute drive from Hemsby, we would highly recommend a visit to the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery.
Situated in the centre of the city, not far from the main shopping streets and centres, stands this historic Castle.
Within the Castle walls you can explore Boudica and the Romans, The Egyptians, Natural History, Fine Art, Decorative Arts, The Royal Norfolk Regiment, and Anglo Saxons and Vikings. There really is something for all of the family, and the Castle itself is surrounded by beautiful gardens!
The Castle often holds exhibitions too, so it’s worthwhile checking their programme of events before you travel.
For more information and upcoming events, visit the Norwich Castle website here: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle
3. Great Yarmouth Time & Tide Museum
The Time & Tide museum in Great Yarmouth tells the story of the city and its herring industry. Housed in a converted Victorian herring curing works, you can wander through Victorian Great Yarmouth and see inside a fisherman’s home. Hear tales of wreck and rescue and learn all about Great Yarmouth’s transition to the place it is today, before relaxing in the courtyard and taking in the historic fishing boats which are on display. The Time & Tide Museum is a great day out for all of the family, with plenty of displays, games and puzzles for all ages.
Watch a video about the museum and learn more before your visit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2mmijW85N4&feature=emb_imp_woyt
4. Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth
Experience the lives of families who lived in a Quayside house, from Tudor to Victorian times. Learn what it was really like to work in the kitchen and scullery, decide if the death of Charles I was plotted in the conspiracy room, dress up in Tudor costumes, and pay a visit to the toy room before relaxing in the small but delightful walled garden. Just 15 minutes away by car, Elizabethan House Museum is a great day out for the whole family!
For more information and tickets visit: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/elizabethan-house
5. Caister Castle Car Collection
Not too far from Caister Lifeboat Heritage Museum or from Belle Aire, is the Caister Castle Car Collection and museum. Home to the largest private collection of motor vehicles in Britain and including many fine and rare veteran, vintage, classic, sports, and touring automobiles and motorcycles. If you or one of the family love cars, this is a museum not to be missed!
For more information and to plan your visit, the Caister Castle Car Collection website has all of the information you will need on facilities and admission: https://caistercastle.co.uk/