Holyhead Maritime MuseumHolyhead, Anglesey
The Holyhead Maritime Museum recalls the rich maritime history of Holyhead, with a vast collection of exhibits telling the tales of the past. Incredible museum guides armed with mountains of local knowledge really bring the exhibits to life and make the museum fascinating for all ages!
Set in a stunning seafront location just off the beautiful Newry beach, you wouldn't believe the museum is only 800m from Holyhead town centre. Looking out over Holyhead Harbour and marina towards the Breakwater, it is possible to imagine the seamen of the past. All the family will enjoy being taken back in time when looking round this wonderfully historic building; you learn all about the men who saved so many lives, shipwrecks and even pirates!
The museum is in the oldest Lifeboat Station in Wales, dating back to 1958! What makes the Maritime Museum such a worthwhile visit? The general consensus is the dedicated team of amazing and incredibly knowledgeable volunteers. Situated on the Anglesey Coastal Path, it’s the perfect place to pop in during your coastal exploration. It’s also a great place to call in on a rainy day as this entire attraction is undercover.
In 1928 the first lifeboat was stationed in Holyhead, powered only by sail and oars it’s hard to imagine how those who fought the elements out to sea in such a basic boat felt during their rescue missions. Detailed ship models in the museum allow you to compare this first lifeboat, to the state of the art vessels of today, it really is eye-opening! With memorabilia also on show such as photos, uniforms, ship equipment and much more there is so much to take in. The vast collections and exhibits within the museum all help tell the story of Holyhead seamen. There is a permanent exhibition situated next to the museum ‘Holyhead at War’ honouring the town's involvement in both WWI and WWII. Recognising and remembering Holyheads contribution during times of war.
To help keep younger children entertained as they wander the exhibits they have the possibility to win a prize. Only if they can find Nelson, the museum cat, hidden in various display cabinets throughout the building. There is a gift and book shop which reflect the museum's seaside setting, crabbing lines, and beach items are also for sale - so why not try your hand at catching crabs along the seafront after seeing all there is to see in the museum. There is also a restaurant on the museum's doorstep where you can refuel after a day on the seafront and enjoy dining on the deck above the water at high tide!
Open from Easter to the end of October, open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 - 16.00. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.
Phone number council office: 01407 769745
There is on-site parking for seven cars. A free car park maintained by the local authority is situated 150 meters away, with parking bays also located on the top promenade along Holyhead seafront.
There is one disabled bay for parking, wheelchair access, no steps and all facilities on the ground floor. Bistro has a ramp.
No dogs except assistance dogs.
Other useful info
- Free WIFI available.
- The museum does not accept debit or credit cards.
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