museums and attractions

Maritime

Balloch Steam Slipway

The Pier, Pier Road, Balloch, Dunbartonshire, G83 8QX.
Tel: 01389 711 865.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Original winchhouse and slipway, built 1902. Audio visual & interactive displays. See website for “in steam” days. Next to paddle steamer 'Maid of…

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Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum

Bridgewater Centre, North Quay, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, IRELAND.

  • Part disabled access

There are displays on the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions. With photographs of…

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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Ardnamurchan Point, Kilchoan, Acharacle, Argyll, PH36 4LN.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Soars to a height of 120ft. It was designed and built in 1849 by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, whose family designed most of Scotland’s…

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Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Ladyloan, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1PU.

  • Souvenir Shop

The museum is located near Arbroath's picturesque and busy harbour, in a complex of buildings which were originally used as the shore station and family…

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Aberdeen Maritime Museum

Shiprow, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB11 5BY.
Tel: 01224 337 700.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum tells the story of the city's long relationship with the Sea, and houses a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing…

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HMS Caroline

Alexandra Dock, Queen’s Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9DT.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

HMS 'Caroline' is one of eight C-class light-cruisers that were ordered under the Admiralty’s 1913-1914 construction programme. She saw action at the…

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Nomadic Belfast

Hamilton Dock, Queens Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT3 9DT.

  • Part disabled access

The ss Nomadic – Tender to the Titanic and the last remaining White Star Line ship in the world! Restored to her original glory and back home in Belfast’s…

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National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, IRELAND.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church where the experienced guides will take you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories…

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Scottish Submarine Centre

West King Street, Helensburgh, Argyll, G84 8TR.

Scotland newly opened submarine museum and education centre. Based in Helensburgh the home of the UK's Submarine fleet.

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Sheringham Museum

At The Mo, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8BG.

  • Full disabled access

The Museum tells the story of the town and its proud, brave, independent people over the last two centuries, told through displays packed with interesting…

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Classic Boat Museum – Boat Shed Cowes (West)

117a Medlina Yard, Thetis Road, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 7DJ.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts alike. Displays include…

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Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7JB.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.

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Happisburgh Lighthouse

Lighthouse Lane, Happisburgh, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 0PY.

It is the oldest working light in East Anglia, and the only independently run lighthouse in Great Britain.

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Salmon Bothy Museum

Links Road, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, AB45 2SS.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Housed in what were the ground floor ice house chambers, with displays, artefacts and information about Portsoy’s harbours, industry, trade and Salmon…

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Newhaven Museum

Paradise Park, Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 0DH.
Tel: 01273 515 404.

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  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Local museum containing many items of interest, small relics, photographs etc., including many of early steamers.

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Steamship Freshspring

The Quay, Bideford, Devon, .

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Built in 1946, SS Freshspring is on the National Register of Historic vessels. She was the last of 14 Fresh Class water carriers to be built, all of which…

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Mayflower Museum

3-5 The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2LR.

  • Part disabled access

The museum is set over three floors and explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the 'Mayflower' to the New World.

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Cowes Maritime Museum

Cowes Library, Beckford Road, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7SG.

  • Part disabled access

The collection incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing. The museum displays a selection of objects and images…

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Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 6TY.
Tel: 0117 926 0680.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Discover the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water…

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Blue Town Heritage Centre

69 High Street, Blue Town, Sheerness-on-Sea, Kent, ME12 1RW.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The centre is jam packed with items, memorabilia and arefacts of the amazing feats of history of the island.

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Time Ball Tower Museum

Victoria Parade, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BP.

  • Souvenir Shop

The museum is over four floors with displays of maritime artefacts, but most importantly on the roof is the Timeball which was used in the past to help…

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Deal Maritime & Local History Museum

22 St Georges Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The displays portray the changing history of Deal, Walmer and the surrounding area and it is packed to the rafters with fascinating glimpses into the past.

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Steam Herring Drifter – Lydia Eva

Hall Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30.
Tel: 07927 602 934.

  • Souvenir Shop

The only surviving steam herring drifter ‘Lydia Eva’ and side fishing trawler ‘Mincarlo’. Both floating museums of the herring fishing industry.…

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Southwold Sailors Reading Room

East Cliff, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6EL.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The room was built in 1864 as a refuge for fishermen and mariners when not engaged at sea, as an endeavour to keep them out of the pubs and encourage them…

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