Maritime Heritage Guide

recommended maritime museums and other maritime heritage sites


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the favourite royal residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Visit the state rooms, the engine room and even the laundry

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bringing the city's long association with fishing and maritime heritage to life with interactive children friendly displays and a fish petting pool. The sea creatures here are native to the English Channel and swim in dozens of aquaria

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Imaginatively displayed with interaction exhibits telling the story of this favourite ship of Henry Vlllth, featuring weapons, tools and possessions of the men who sailed her

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follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery at the multi-award winning Discovery Point

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beautifully restored first world class ocean liner with First Class Dining Saloon, steerage quarters, Engine Room and audio visual exhibits of passengers' lives

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housing a unique collection covering shipbuilding, fast sailing ships, fishing and port history, with displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry

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set in an imposing cliff top castle with spectacular views along the coast. inside the museum explores the city's maritime heritage and boasts local, painted scenes by Pissarro and Renoir

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Cancale

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the visit includes a short documentary explaining the oyster farmers' work, followed by a visit to the sorting and packing workshops

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carefully crafted sets and original preserved trawler interiors capture the atmosphere and essence of a remarkable way of life

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the museum is housed within the 13th Century fortified chateau de Brest. There are splendid views from the ramparts of the harbour and the naval base

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set in a former cod drying factory with a splendid collection of nautical artefacts, including Seine nets, canvas sails and fishing outfits

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formerly a Royal Navy dockyard and now the most complete dockyard museum from the Age of Sail with inter-active exhibits for all ages

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visit an authentic 18th century seaport and the spectacular HMS Trincomalee. See how tradesmen like tailors, printers and instrument makers earned a wage

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telling the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, associated activities and events and a lively education programme

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french maritime history from the days of the royal wooden warships to today's aircraft carriers and nuclear submarines told through wonderfully exact, scale models, many of them two centuries old

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This is the world's most powerful lighthouse, beaming two white flashes every 10 seconds and visible for over 50km, serving as a beacon for over 50,000 ships entering the Channel each year. Beneath is the island's main museum

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the 17th apprentice home of James Cook, famous sea captain, with Cook's own maps and letters and wonderful model of his ship 'Endeavour'

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housed in one of the old warehouses, this museum covers the history of London's port and its role in the development of a great trading nation

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housed in a vast former shipyard building, this museum explores Scotland's importance to maritime history, with several floating exhibits

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first lighthouse to be powered by electricity with a real flavour of a working lighthouse, surrounded by wildflower meadows and great wildlife viewing

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