museums and attractions

Maritime

South Foreland Lighthouse

The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HP.
Tel: 01304 853 281.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A landmark of the White Cliffs, the Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Strait of Dover. A place…

Transport / Maritime

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH.
Tel: 0191 529 3161.

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  • Part disabled access

Hooped in red & white and standing proud on the coastline midway between the Tyne and the Wear. Souter was the first lighthouse in the world designed and…

Transport / Maritime

Balloch Steam Slipway

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

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  • 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…

Transport / Maritime

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Ardnamurchan Point, Kilchoan, Acharacle, Argyll, PH36 4LN.
Tel: 01972 510 210.

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  • 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…

Transport / Maritime

Arctic Corsair

Rear of Streetlife Museum, High Street, Hull, Yorkshire, HU1 1PS.
Tel: 01482 300 300.

Hull’s last sidewinder trawler. The crew conduct guided tours (access is limited) where you’ll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea…

Transport / Maritime

Arbroath Signal Tower Museum

Ladyloan, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 1PU.
Tel: 01241 435 329.

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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…

Transport / Maritime

Anderton Boat Lift

Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW.
Tel: 01606 786 777.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The lift was built in 1875 to enable boats to be transferred between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. An impressive structure otherwise known…

Transport / Maritime

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6NG.
Tel: 01502 723 200.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is full of items of local history, both of the lifeboat and the building in the form of various artefacts connected to the industry, and an…

Transport / Maritime

Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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

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  • 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…

Transport / Maritime

ShipSpace

16 Clachnaharry Road, Inverness, Highlands, IV3 8QH.
Tel: 01463 716 839.

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  • Part disabled access

Interactive museum with nautical artefacts & large ships: 1:10 scale 'Titanic', Buckie drifter, RNLI lifeboat & more. Free entry.

Transport / Maritime

Porthmadog Maritime Museum

The Harbour, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9LU.
Tel: 01766 512 153.

  • Part disabled access

Situated in the last remaining slate shed on the harbour, has a large collection of artefacts depicting the seafaring activities of the area – the development…

Transport / Maritime

Sail Loft

The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey/Sir Fon, LL68 9HE.
Tel: 01407 830 298.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum contains a range of displays and artefacts associated with the maritime history of Amlwch Port. It has an unusual sloping floor which it is…

Transport / Maritime

Classic Boat Museum

117a Medlina Yard, Thetis Road, West Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 7DJ.
Tel: 01983 244 101.

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  • 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…

Transport / Maritime

Waterlines

Lybster Harbour, Shore Road, Lybster, Caithness, KW3 6DB.
Tel: 01593 721 520.

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Visitor centre and museum stand in restored buildings close to the attractive harbour at Lybster.

Transport / Maritime

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre & Museum

Lyness, Hoy, Orkney, KW16 3NU.
Tel: 01856 791 300.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is centred around the former fuel oil pumping station at Lyness Naval Base, (HMS Proserpine). The exhibition illustrates the importance of Scapa…

Transport / Maritime

Fleetwood Museum

6-7 Queens Terrace, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6BT.
Tel: 01253 876 621.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Discover Fleetwood’s heyday as a Victorian seaside resort, its cargo trade, ferry services, lifeboats and brave lifeboat men. About the docks and the…

Transport / Maritime

Cobh Heritage Centre

Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 21 481 3591.

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  • Part disabled access

Situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. Learn about Irish Emigration story, trace…

Transport / Maritime

Hook Lighthouse & Heritage Centre

Hook Head, Waterford, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 51 397 055.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world and was purpose built 800 years ago, it sits at the top of breathtaking Hook Head, rich in…

Transport / Maritime

Shipwreck & Heritage Centre

Quay Road, Charlestown , St. Austell , Cornwall, PL25 3NJ.
Tel: 01726 69897.

  • Part disabled access

The shipwreck and historical artefacts on display in the centre are the largest private collection of this type on public display in Europe. The many and…

Transport / Maritime

Lighthouse Visitor Centre

The Lighthouse, North Ronaldsay, Orkney, .
Tel: 01857 633 297.

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  • Souvenir Shop

Learn about the history of North Ronaldsay’s lighthouse and its relationship with the island. Find out more about the famous Stevenson lighthouse family…

Transport / Maritime

Tall Ship (The) at Riverside

150 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, Glasgow, G3 8RS.
Tel: 0141 357 3699.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Of the many hundreds of ships built in Glasgow’s shipyards, the 'Glenlee' is one of only five Clyde built ships still afloat in the world today and she…

Transport / Maritime

Maggie Law Maritime Museum

William Street, Gourdon, Nr Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, DD10 0LW.
Tel: 01569 750 730.

  • Part disabled access

Housed in the old two storey coastguard building, beside the old harbour and slipway (the Gutty) in the centre of Gourdon, the 'Maggie Law' was one of…

Transport / Maritime

Fairfield Heritage Centre

1048 Govan Road, Glasgow, Glasgow, G51 4XS.
Tel: 0141 445 5866.

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  • Part disabled access

The story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard. For 100 years, Govan was the centre of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Today there are few visual reminders of this…

Transport / Maritime

Scalloway Museum

Castle Street, Scalloway, Shetland, ZE1 0TP.
Tel: 01595 880 734.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The Shetland Bus was the name given to clandestine operations to and from occupied Norway during the war. The full story of the memorial and the Shetland…

Transport / Maritime

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