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The Shell Museum, Glandford, is the oldest purpose-built museum in Norfolk and houses the finest seashell collection in the UK. As well as thousands of exquisite seashells, the Museum also contains fossils, birds' eggs, pottery, local archaeological finds and much more. Glandford Church and the river Glaven, with a picturesque ford, wild ducks and foot bridge, are located close by.

The original purpose of the museum was to house a collection of shells made over a period of sixty years by the late Sir Alfred Jodrell himself and stored in boxes at Bayfield Hall until the museum was built. After completion, Sir Alfred and his sisters, Lady Seale, and Mrs Ind arranged the whole of the shells in their cases. These shells come from all corners of the earth, and the collection is constantly being added to. There are shells of every hue, shells as delicately coloured as butterfly wings; shells exquisitely carved.

But there are other exhibits besides the shells which form the main collection. There are lovely jewels, fragments of old pottery, a piece of Pompeii, a sugar bowl used by Queen Elizabeth I, some very fine specimens of agate ware, and a collection of items uncovered in the vicinity of Glandford including a very exceptional axehead. There is also an evocative tapestry executed by a local fisherman, John Craske, depicting the North Norfolk Coast. The Shell Museum remains one of the few descendants of the cabinet of curiosities. Every object in this unique museum of natural and contrived curiosities suggests a story. The most pleasing exhibits are those that stretch the shelly theme such as a tiny wooden barrel, no more than six centimetres high: "made from teak of HMS Warspite - a ship which was involved in the Battle of Trafalgar".

In fact, it would be difficult to describe fully the whole contents of the museum. A visit is essential to enjoy its unique flavour.

The Museum is a small private trust and receives no public grants of any kind. It depends on the income from visitors for which we thank you.

Coach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopAccepts groups

Children welcomeSmoking not allowed

Opening details

Tuesday - Saturday (Plus Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 12:30pm & 2pm - 4:30pm
Museum open from Easter Saturday until the end of October.
Groups welcome out of season by prior appointment.


Adults £2.50, Seniors £2.00, children £0.50,

Cash payments only at present


Glandford Shell Museum, Church House,
Hurdle Lane, Glandford,
NR25 7JR


See location of Glandford Shell Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TG 042414  Lat: 52.93114 Long: 1.03678


By Road:
Midway between Letheringsett and Blakeney.

Parking: free


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit