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Holyhead Maritime Museum, Holyhead
(4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
The Holyhead Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located in Holyhead, North Wales.Housed in what is claimed to be the oldest Lifeboat station in Wales (built c. 1858), it houses a number of collections.HistoryThe lifeboat station opened in 1858 and the first lifeboat was unnamed, launching 18 times, saving 128 persons. Replaced by the Prince of Wales, she launched 38 times and rescued 128 persons. In 1875, Member of Parliament Joshua Fielden and his brothers donated the Thomas Fielden, named after their father, which necessitated extending the house. In 1890, a second large boat was obtained, for which the house was extended to enable beach based landing from a horse-drawn carriage.After local maritime exhibitions were held in 1982 and 1983 elsewhere, a trustees group was formed on 24 September 1984. The trustees obtained a nine-year lease on the redundant St Elbods church from the Church in Wales, with the museum opened officially by the Duke of Westminster in March 1986.On expiration of the lease, and after failing to agree a lease within a new development, Stena Line offered the museum a peppercorn rent on the renovated Lifeboat house at Newry Beach. Deciding to improve the building through the construction of new visitor facilities, after a successful bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a renegotiation of the lease to 99 years, the museum reopened on its current site in 1998.
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  • a nice very small museum with plentof things to see, the staff are always nice and will explain everything to u very well wortha visit and u can use the bistro if u want. 
  • Based in the former lifeboat station this mini museum is overflowing with history, staffed by volunteers who provide not only a hearty welcome but a free guided tour at no extra cost ..an additional W...  more »
  • Didn't hear about this museum beforehand, just stumbled across it wandering from the B&B 5 min away. Great little place, v knowledgeable and friendly guide. Highly recommend it! 
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  • Really nice place. Had a tour by an older gentleman, didn't get his name which is a shame. Would have been nice to say who it was. My bad! He was a really nice chap. And he had a mind full of information about the place and holyhead in general. Worth a visit 😀 If you have anything relating to holy head maritime and you don't want it please feel free to donate it to them. It's a voluntary organisation and all their items have been donated.
  • Excellent facility.Situated in a Beautiful location.
  • Great place. Very well organised, lots to see and you can even have a free guided tour by a local expert.
  • Good visit and very informative.
  • We were amazed that such a small and unassuming museum could include so much unique maritime and WW2 history. Lovely volunteer staff are a living part of the area's marine history. We expected to need only ten minutes, but stayed three hours.