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Holyhead Maritime Museum, Holyhead

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 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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  • We Pulled up into a car park to enjoy our recently purchased takeaway watching the Stealth Bomber engined Ferry making its way out of the harbour on its way to Ireland and Noticed the Maritime Museum ...  read more »
  • Tired after a long trip from Australia greeted by some lovely ladies at the entrance, Peter Scott-Robert had us from lifeboats. Wonderful anecdotes, a great storyteller and amazing exhibits. Well wort...  read more »
  • After dining in the nearby bistro decided to visit the museum next door. Excellent display and information provided of the history of maritime life of the area. The air raid shelter across the way fro...  read more »
  • Great place. Very well organised, lots to see and you can even have a free guided tour by a local expert.
  • Wonderful museum with the most well-informed, engaged volunteers. An amazing fountain of local history, and a great beginning to understanding Holyhead's beginnings and importance.
  • 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.
  • Thought there was 2 Only 1 but it's good They let their steam powered boat go, now full of concrete, on the banks of the Mersey Map wants correcting John
  • Best museum in Holyhead
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