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National Maritime Museum

#160 of 1,515 things to do in London
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Address: Park Row, London SE10 9NF, England
Phone Number: +44 20 8858 4422
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Experience the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational...

Experience the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea and packed to the gunwales with intriguing objects and fascinating galleries. See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire at pesky pirates.

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First things first . . . IT'S FREE TO ENTER! Okay, you have to pay extra for other things nearby such as the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory, but you will not be disappointed... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First things first . . . IT'S FREE TO ENTER! Okay, you have to pay extra for other things nearby such as the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory, but you will not be disappointed with what is available at no additional cost to the visitor. I went to the location with my two young sons. For small children, it... More 

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Plymouth, mostly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently visited here as part of my research into my family tree. I had arranged to see some documents and these were ready for me upon arrival. The Caird Library within the museum is a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle and allows you to actually listen to the sound of yourself breathing. The museum itself is... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is well worth a visit, as well as the main museum, there's also the Royal Observatory and the Queens House. We briefly visited all 3 places because we only had about 2 hours to spare. You could easily spend a couple of days and still not see everything. The main was Ships and all things maritime, there was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An beautifully curated exhibition cataloguing the rag to riches (infamy) of the name most associated with Lord Nelson. But did you know what happened to her after Nelson's death or of her efforts of self-improvement, her pivotal political role in Naples and her later descent culminating in a betrayal of Nelson's wishes and time spent in penury and debt. No... More 

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King's Lynn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are at all interested in things maritime, the museum is a must. Its free and if you get fed up, there are loads more things to see and do in this part of London. The special exhibition about Emma Hamilton (to 17th April) has an entry charge of £12.60, with various concessions. Is it worth it? The link... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a nice museum with some fun interactive things for children but the 'Scheepvaartmuseum' in Amsterdam is better than this museum. It's free so do not hesitate for a 'quick' visit!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Good history of the British Navy from early times and the major battles. You would need a good couple of hours to explore everywhere. Models of the great ships on display and a good history of Admiral Nelson. For young kids plenty of experiences to enjoy. After enjoy the town or the park.

Thank James188113
Greater London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Having been to the maritime museum in Aberdeen which I loved, I thought I would give this one a visit, especially as I live in London but never been over there. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. It is a big place but seems to contain very little except lots of paintings and pictures. Most of the... More 

Thank Rick P
SamRMG, Manager at National Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hi Rick, Thank you for visiting the museum and for taking the time to pass on your thoughts. We're sorry you felt the museum didn't live up to your expectations. Did you manage to visit all our galleries? For example in Nelson, Navy, Nation we explore the life of the great naval hero and the important role the Royal Navy... More 

Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Finding things to do and places to visit with a 16 year old can be a challenge, however this was an attraction that we all enjoyed. There are activities for young children and there were lots of children with grandparents. The exhibition about the Battle of Jutland was really interesting. I hadn't realised the scale of the battle until I... More 

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Lincoln, UK
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Family and friends weekend away with plans to head to Maritime museum. When we planned the day out it was to support our twin daughters (5 year olds) with a school project on pirates and tall ships. The website is covered In references to pirates....BUT! The museum has nothing on display making any reference to pirates. Very disappointed kids and... More 

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Greenwich Mean Time starts here, so to speak, as the very concept of global time was established at Royal Observatory, just one of several buildings of architectural interest in Greenwich. Indeed, the whole of Greenwich's historic town center, its Royal Park and a number of related buildings (and one world famous ship, the Cutty Sark) make up the UNESCO World Heritage site known as Maritime Greenwich. Today a laser beam is shot out across the night sky from the Observatory to mark the location of the Prime Meridian. Other bold (some say brash) 21st century additions to the area include landmarks such as The O2 entertainment complex (previously known as the Millennium Dome) and the Air Line cable cars, which offer scenic transport across the Thames between North Greenwich and the Royal Docks.
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