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Guided Tour was fantastic

We chanced upon the drifter upon leaving the Elizabethan House and we were offered a tour. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pauline M
Beccles, United Kingdom
A Most Enjoyable Way To Pass A Few Hours

They waved their buckets and we donated £2 each and the price was worthwhile. We listened to sea... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Paul R
Epping, United Kingdom
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1 Viking Road | Hall Quay, opposite the Town Hall, Great Yarmouth NR31 0NU, England
+44 7758 350433
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All reviews guided tour engine room herring fishing knowledgeable volunteers steam driven floating museum steam boat crew quarters cramped quarters small donation well worth a visit interesting visit free entry old lady south quay piece of history elizabethan house
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We chanced upon the drifter upon leaving the Elizabethan House and we were offered a tour. The guide was knowledgeable and spoke passionately about the boat. We were both fascinated and horrified at the human stories behind the fishing, we might never have learned this...More

Thank Pauline M
Reviewed 10 September 2018

They waved their buckets and we donated £2 each and the price was worthwhile. We listened to sea shanties, watched a Sunday Parade of militia set back when British soldiers wore red coats with primrose facings and carried Brown Bess muskets. We chatted to a...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

The Lydia Eva (south quay -Great Yarmouth ) is a gem of a find. We are very grateful to all the volunteers that make this step back in the history of "the last steam herring drifter afloat" and was used by the Royal Air Force...More

Thank TrailBlazer753027
Reviewed 8 September 2018

This old ship has been restored and displayed by some very knowledgable volunteers. You can go onboard and see what a hard life it was for the fisherman. The cramped quarters and the gleaming restored engine. There was no charge to go onboard although any...More

Thank May C
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Free, with knowledgeable volunteers, great access all over this slice of Yarmouth history, the Herring drifter Lydia Eva. Its still seaworthy, and goes out occasionally, so there are access issues for those with mobility difficulties, but it is what it is. It's fascinating, with some...More

Thank James K
Reviewed 14 August 2018

been on here a couple of times over the years, its free but they ask for donations for the upkeep of the ship

Thank Lee Y
Reviewed 13 August 2018

UK's last drifter, refurbished and now open to visitors. A fascinating visit - I learned so much - mainly down to the guide's friendliness, knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject. Highly recommended

Thank jon b
Reviewed 29 July 2018

We have visited several times and been made welcome. This is a very special boat. I don't know of any other steam drifter in working order. It helps you realise what getting in the fish once took.

Thank Achilles3201
Reviewed 12 July 2018

The Lydia Eva “YH89" is the world's last surviving steam-powered herring drifter. It has been stationed in Great Yarmouth since May 2010, and is a Free to enter Floating Exhibit. As you walk around the boat you can imagine how the crews felt on a...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

This steam drifter is the last of it's class and is still fully operational. The ship is a museun but access is free. The steps to access parts of the ship can be steep, so not suitable for less mobile people. There is much to...More

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13 September 2017|
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Response from Deborah T | Reviewed this property |
yes 10 -4 till end of October but double check on website
Dawn W
21 July 2015|
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Response from Richard K |
Yep but there a couple of steep stairways and you will probably have to carry dog up.