Maritime Museums and Preserved Ships.
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In this section we list major maritime museums in the UK, with their locations and opening hours.  Scroll down or click on a museum to see the details.  Model makers will find the list of historic ships particularly useful.

Historic Ships Warships


Waterways Submarines


And others  





Belfast - HMS Belfast


Symons Wharf,
Tooley Street,
London SE1 2JH

The Cruiser HMS Belfast was launched in 1938 and came to London river in 1971 after a distinguished wartime career.  Charts in the bridge area show the layout for the D-Day invasion, in which she played an important part. 


Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port
Ellesmere Port
Tel: 0151 355 5017

Opening hours: Summer 10.00 - 5.00 Winter 11.00 - 4.00


Caroline - HMS Caroline

The National Museum , Belfast


HMS Caroline was a C Class light cruiser built by Cammell Laird in Belfast and launched in 1914, she saw action at Jutland  She is preserved afloat at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Belfast




Chatham Historic Dockyard
Kent ME4 4TE
Tel: 01634 823800

Museum ships HMS Gannet and submarine Ocelot. Paddle steamer Kingswear Castle on site. Remarkable working ropewalk etc.
Opening hours: 30th March - end October, 7 days 10.00 - 5.00. Winter - February and March, Wed, Sat & Sun 10.00 - 4.00. Last admission 1 hour before closing.




Classic Boat Museum
Columbine Road, East Cowes. IOW PO32 5EZ
Tel: 01983 5244101

A nice collection of sailboats which includes Lord Brabazon's remarkable "windmill" Bembridge Redwing (yes the actual boat ! Ed.) and a splendid group of sports boats amongst them Lady Docker's Chris Craft Silver Arrow and some serious machinery including a rare Healey. The Museum has an Airborne Lifeboat. Our photograph shows her at the Thames  Traditional Boat Rally at Henley in 2003.  From Uffa Fox's board these craft were designed to be dropped from aircraft to downed pilots in WWII, and will be the subject of a new TradBoat Source Page 

The museum was moving into this location during 2016 and may not yet have moved all its exhibits.  Check before traveling. Note - the Museum is a short walk from the Ferry terminal



Cornwall - National Maritime Museum, Cornwall.

Discovery Quay
Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Tel: 01326 313388
Opening Hours:  Daily 10am to 5pm



Cutty Sark Clipper Ship Museum
King William Walk
London SE10 9HT

RRS  Discovery 
Discovery Visitors Centre

Discovery Point
Discovery Quay
Dundee DD1 4XA.
Tel: 01382 309060 
Web site:

Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery built in 1900-1901, restoration going on but open to visitors. Visitors Centre alongside tells the story of Scott's Expedition.
Opening hours:
(Christmas Day and 1st/2nd Jan excepted)
April to end October, Mon - Sat 10.00 - last admission 5.00, Sun 11.00 - 5.00
November - March, Mon - Sat 10.00 - last admission 4.00, Sun 11.00 - 4.00
(This ship was moored alongside Blackfriars' Bridge in London for many years before finding a permanent home back in Dundee. Ed.)

Dolphin Sailing Barge Museum Destroyed by fire.

Ellesmere Boat Museum See The Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port


Glasgow Riverside Museum








The new riverside museum on the Clyde Waterfront is home to 'Glenlee', a  barque built in 1896 at Port Glasgow. She is in the care of the Clyde Maritime Trust and her restoration is well advanced.  A nice example of a three masted barque - square yards on two of the three mast and fore and aft rig on the third. 245 feet overall

The Clyde Maritime Trust. Web:

The paddle steamer Waverely is also based here when she is not cruising.

Rhein-Museum Koblenz

This museum is on the East bank of the Rhine at Koblenz and is approached from Koblenz by way of the spectacular Pfaffendorfer Bridge. 


It is one of the best set out museums which we have visited either in the UK or Germany.  The staff are endlessly helpful.  If you don't read German the desk will provide you with "crib" sheets in English.  It is permitted to take non-commercial photographs but courteous to ask first.  The history of Rhine traffic is set out in separate rooms and the models used are of superb quality.  They include the astonishing rope laying steam tug shown here, models of the vast  Rhine timber rafts -  and a wide variety of Rhine craft from early times to date. 

Everyone interested in the Rhine should visit our  Rhineships Source Page
Rhein-Museum Koblenz, Charlottenstraße 53 a 
               56077. Koblenz    Web:

Sobriety Centre Ltd
Dutch River Side
Goole DN14 5TB
Tel: 01405 768730


Opening hours: 9.00 - 4.30 weekdays throughout the year, and also at weekends between Easter and October, 12.00 - 5.00