NB: Sadly Yesterday’s World has now been shut down
Yesterday’s World is hidden amongst the arcades along Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile. This gem of an attraction is one that I have never visited before and knew very little about. We had passed it many times throughout the summer and looked enviously at the customers enjoying a cream team in the busy tea room. One Saturday I visited with Adam, Nana and Grandad.
Unfortunately I had not checked the opening times on their website and we arrived too early. Yesterday’s World does not open until 11am. With a toddler who thinks 5.30am is the perfect time to start the day we are usually out of the house early. Luckily the beach is just across the road so the time soon passed.
The museum is on two levels with themed areas. A grand staircase takes you to the exhibition that celebrates 125 years of British social history (the venue is pushchair and wheelchair friendly as there is a lift available). There is a range of virtual and interactive exhibits – including a talking Queen Victoria! There are over 150,000 artefacts within the 20,000sq ft of the museum.
Downstairs we walked through life sized street scenes, shop displays and Great Yarmouth’s train station. The sound effects coming from the station were effective – including the Norfolk accents. We were surprised just how life like most of the statues were. The attention to detail was amazing.
The working carousel runs once every hour and one ride is included in the admission price and dates back to 1898. Opposite we watched Charlie Chaplin in the Silent Movie Theatre.
Our final stop was the Victorian Tea Room. Included in our ‘See and Tea’ ticket was a slice of cake with a pot of tea or coffee. We certainly had to try the famous cream tea! The Team Room has been voted ‘Cafe/ Tea Room of the year’ by the local tourist authority and is listed in The Times ’50 best places to eat by the sea’. It was easy to see why.
The tea room itself is light, spacious and has a variety of memorabilia dating from the 18th century to the 1970s. The tea is served in china cups. The scones are huge and delicious!
Although you wouldn’t necessarily consider taking a toddler to a museum, Yesterday’s World was toddler friendly. In true Adam style he wanted to run everywhere but the artefacts were displayed so that things were out of reach. Many of the sections around the museum were dark and this slowed Adam down slightly as he wanted to be carried. My parents thoroughly enjoyed their trip down memory lane. I learnt many new stories about my family as Mum’s memory was jogged from seeing certain artefacts.
It is a great place to lose yourself for a few hours and get away from the hustle and bustle of Great Yarmouth’s sea front. We shall certainly be bringing Adam again when he is a little older so he can see the historical artefacts – bringing history to life.
We would definitely recommend purchasing the ‘See and Tea’ ticket as the cream tea is simply mouth-watering!
Yesterday’s World certainly is Great Yarmouth’s best kept secret!
The ‘See and Tea’ ticket was £8.40. General admission is £6.95 for adults, £5.45 for children and under 4’s are free. A family ticket (two adults and 2 children) is priced at £22.80. Tesco Boost Vouchers are accepted on full price tickets. Check their website for further details or to find about their events, including the popular Murder Mystery evenings.
Are you looking for other toddler friendly days out around Norfolk? Then take a look at our Adventures of Adam around Norfolk guide:
Disclaimer: We were given 3 adult tickets to review Yesterday’s World. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.