Holyhead Maritime Museum
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Holyhead Maritime Museum

Holyhead Maritime Museum
4.5
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Temporarily closedClosed until Mar 26, 2024
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The Museum opens again just before Easter 2024. Free entry for all Children 16 and under. The museum is a fascinating experience for the whole family. Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa. 1858), Which houses a wonderful collection of exhibits telling the enthralling maritime history of Holyhead. Situated alongside the Maritime Museum, in a Second World War Air Raid Shelter, is the very informative permanent exhibition "Holyhead at War".
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Katy R
    7 contributions
    A treasure trove of maritime history
    We had a fabulous visit to this fascinating museum which is stuffed full of brilliant stories and nuggets of priceless maritime history. Thank you also for the energy and enthusiasts of your volunteers who were absolutely brilliant guides and so willing to answer questions. If you're into shipwrecks, dramatic rescues and tales from the deep, this is the place for you!
    We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us. Thank you for your appreciation of the efforts of our volunteer staff.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Colin C
    1 contribution
    Amazing!
    What an amazing place and great value! The exhibits are brilliant, the staff are really knowledgable and happy to spend time discussing them. Thanks to Mike and the team for making our visit something we will always remember. Our family group ranged from 9 years to 67 years old and we all enjoyed it so much we will return when we next visit Holyhead, The Carr Family
    Thank you very much for your very appreciative review. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit to us. We look forwrd to welcoming you again when you return.
    Written 7 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Lynne M
    1 contribution
    Maritime and Wartime history bought to life.
    Really interesting visit to this museum made perfect by our ‘human’ guide, Peter. Peter was a wealth of information and made it a real life experience with the personal stories he related to us. The museum has a vast amount of maritime memorabilia. The entrance fee included a visit into the Second World War Air Raid Shelter, again Peter was very informative and brought wartime experiences to life.
    Thank you for your very kind review and appreciation of our volunteer guide, Peter.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • ahbobs
    Wakefield, United Kingdom32 contributions
    Small and huge
    I visited here after a fabulous lunch almost next door. I was with my parents, both very interested, but slower on their legs. The knowledge and the time given to us was nothing less than amazing. It's a small building but heavy with facts and an interested guide
    We are pleased you enjoyed your visit both to the Bistro and Museum. Thank you for your review.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • Jim C
    8 contributions
    Nostalgic
    The museum is small but don't let that put you off as it is packed with a wealth of maritime history and its many connections with Merseyside. The bomb shelter has an atmosphere all of its own, I wouldn't want to visit it on Halloween. The attendants are very knowledgeable so don't hesitate to ask them questions they will be happy to answer
    We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your review.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Hannah I
    Leicester, United Kingdom1 contribution
    An afternoon well spent!
    It was most certainly an afternoon well spent at the Holyhead Maritime museum. Volunteers are available at the museum to guide guests around the museum as well as the air raid shelter information site nearby. We were introduced to a very pleasant gentleman who gave us a tour of the museum and provided us with depths of information about the significance of many of the artefacts and documents. It is definitely worth a visit and we are eagerly looking forward to visiting again!
    Thank you for your very kind and encouraging review.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Paul Steffan J
    Llys Y Fran, United Kingdom5 contributions
    A museum not to be missed
    A most enjoyable interpretation of Holyhead’s maritime past. Life size models in diving suits which help to give an idea of some of the hardships experienced are among the many exhibits. There are a number of very detailed scale models of lifeboats and other craft associated with the harbour. The staff were most informative and even put up with me dredging up various stories from my own family’s maritime history! A bonus is a World War Two exhibition in a former air raid shelter a few feet from the museum’s front door. Will definitely return next time I am in the area.
    Thank you for your very positive review and appreciation of the efforts of our volunteers.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Happydays64_11
    35 contributions
    Great volunteers that are full of knowledge.
    We visited the museum last week and our volunteer guide was Edwin, who was very knowledgable and informative. We had a superb and very enjoyable time, we arrived quite late in the afternoon, but Edwin didn't rush us and very kindly stayed over later than closing time, so we could enjoy the museum. The museum is small but had lots of displays and artefacts, some of which were from historical lost vessels, but were very respectful and considerate. There is an air raid shelter next door which is full of displays and is included in the entry price, all in all definitely well worth a visit.
    Thank you for your kind review and appreciation of Edwyn’s efforts.
    Written 14 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Chanelle H
    County Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
    A gem of a museum
    We had a really interesting visit to the museum after stumbling in to ask for directions and advice about what to see and do in Holyhead! Edwin was an exceptionally knowledgeable guide and he had the right balance between historical and fun facts. We learned so much from the tour. The staff were so welcoming and very kind to us about how to get around Holyhead without a car! They could not have been more helpful. It's a little gem of a museum and we highly recommend it.
    Thank for taking the time to review our museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit, albeit finding us by accident. Thank you for your appreciative comments regarding our volunteer staff.
    Written 13 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Joannafrithwilliams
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom82 contributions
    Maritime history and coffee
    What an absolute joy. The volunteers who staff this museum are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They share their time and passion freely with story after story of the history of this fascinating place. The bistro which is attached is a fantastic place for coffee or eats right on the beach with amazing views of the harbour. We didn't eat on this occasion but certainly enjoyed the coffee, hospitality and great tunes this sunny Sunday morning.
    Thank you for your very appreciative review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us.
    Written 13 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
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Doctor Kiln
Church Gresley, UK386 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
As someone that's spent many years in the museum sector I never miss an opportunity to see a museum if I'm in the area... Holyhead Maritime Museum is a real treat ! Exceptionally laid out full to the rafters with the town's maritime history. The volunteers are absolutely welcoming and so knowledgable, my 2 hours visit was an education, not just in maritime history but the town's heritage as well. Long may independent museums like this one continue, it's a real credit to Anglesey !
Written 31 October 2023
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Thank you for your very encouraging review.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jane
Reading, UK142 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Just commenting on the actual museum not the cafe. Free parking which is always good but the museum is fascinating. Do take the time to listen and talk to the people who run it as they make it come alive. The short videos are brilliant. How the breakwater was built is interesting. There is a map of all the ship wrecks around Anglesey - look out for that. Loved the sewing machine for sails. Ring the bells and don’t miss the slipway at the back. Loved it.
Written 30 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and kind comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SANDYWorcester
Worcester, UK170 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Was on our list to visit
Parking free
There are steps leading down to museum
Volunteers are very friendly and helpful formative
Well worth a visit
Written 29 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and comments.
Written 15 November 2023
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Melissa D
Derby, UK106 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Small but amazing museum packed to the rafters with information and artefacts. Staff are really friendly and know their stuff. Great value too..
Written 3 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and comments.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joannafrithwilliams
Lytham St Anne's, UK82 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
What an absolute joy. The volunteers who staff this museum are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They share their time and passion freely with story after story of the history of this fascinating place. The bistro which is attached is a fantastic place for coffee or eats right on the beach with amazing views of the harbour. We didn't eat on this occasion but certainly enjoyed the coffee, hospitality and great tunes this sunny Sunday morning.
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your very appreciative review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us.
Written 13 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chanelle H
County Dublin, Ireland13 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a really interesting visit to the museum after stumbling in to ask for directions and advice about what to see and do in Holyhead!
Edwin was an exceptionally knowledgeable guide and he had the right balance between historical and fun facts. We learned so much from the tour.
The staff were so welcoming and very kind to us about how to get around Holyhead without a car! They could not have been more helpful. It's a little gem of a museum and we highly recommend it.
Written 12 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank for taking the time to review our museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit, albeit finding us by accident. Thank you for your appreciative comments regarding our volunteer staff.
Written 13 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Happydays64_11
Flintshire35 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We visited the museum last week and our volunteer guide was Edwin, who was very knowledgable and informative. We had a superb and very enjoyable time, we arrived quite late in the afternoon, but Edwin didn't rush us and very kindly stayed over later than closing time, so we could enjoy the museum. The museum is small but had lots of displays and artefacts, some of which were from historical lost vessels, but were very respectful and considerate. There is an air raid shelter next door which is full of displays and is included in the entry price, all in all definitely well worth a visit.
Written 6 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your kind review and appreciation of Edwyn’s efforts.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul Steffan J
Llys Y Fran, UK5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
A most enjoyable interpretation of Holyhead’s maritime past. Life size models in diving suits which help to give an idea of some of the hardships experienced are among the many exhibits. There are a number of very detailed scale models of lifeboats and other craft associated with the harbour. The staff were most informative and even put up with me dredging up various stories from my own family’s maritime history! A bonus is a World War Two exhibition in a former air raid shelter a few feet from the museum’s front door. Will definitely return next time I am in the area.
Written 27 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your very positive review and appreciation of the efforts of our volunteers.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hannah I
Leicester, UK1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
It was most certainly an afternoon well spent at the Holyhead Maritime museum. Volunteers are available at the museum to guide guests around the museum as well as the air raid shelter information site nearby. We were introduced to a very pleasant gentleman who gave us a tour of the museum and provided us with depths of information about the significance of many of the artefacts and documents. It is definitely worth a visit and we are eagerly looking forward to visiting again!
Written 22 July 2023
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Thank you for your very kind and encouraging review.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Louise W
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Friends
Took a trip here 22 July 23.. amazing little museum... gives you even more respect for the RNLI and all their crew. Seems to be run by volunteers who are especially knowledgeable. Edwyn was fab... really great knowledge and he had personal family ties to the people in the photo exhibits... so he was especially passionate. Could have stayed longer.. but we had a booking next door at the Bistro. Will definately go back again to learn more. Also the shop had loads of little books to further your reading, amongst other gifts, about the history of Holyhead and some of the ships that sailed here years ago, that told their story too.
Was only £5.00 to get in for an adult and £4.50 for seniors.... got to be the cheapest attraction around, and very well worth your time and effort to visit.
Written 22 July 2023
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Thank you for your very kind and encouraging review and appreciation of our volunteer guides. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again.
Written 15 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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