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Holyhead Maritime Museum, Holyhead

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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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TripAdvisor
  • Excellent museum about all things maritime and plenty of fascinating exhibits in connection with WW1 & WW2. Thoroughly recommend. The museum is run by very kind and helpful informative volunteers. I h...  more »
  • Arrived at 2pm and had a wonderful guide called Norman who showed us round and told us much more than we would have found out from just reading the information available. The museum is a bit like a ta...  more »
  • This was a most interesting place to visit in a lovely location. We elected to have a guide who was most informative. This was included in the entrance price. The video was proving so interesting we e...  more »
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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.