Lancaster Maritime Museum
Lancaster Maritime Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Discover all about Lancaster and Morecambe’s relationship with water; the challenging lives of those living and working in the places between land and sea, and how our inland waterways have shaped our lives, work, and leisure. We uncover the legacy of the Transatlantic slave trade on this proud, historic city and show how the Quay was once a bustling place of trade.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Cls
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Restful and interesting
    The staff were welcoming and happy to answer any questions. The museum is a quiet space with lots of interesting information and photo ops. The tea room is lovely for a rest and proper tea leaf tea. 😍
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Millie024
    Llantwit Major, United Kingdom476 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the former customs house.
    We were fortunate to be able to park by the river not far from the museum, so were in good spirits when we arrived. The custodian was welcoming and very pleasant and recommended the lift to the top floor where we found the quiet cafe. Duly refreshed, we watched a short film about the history of Lancaster and Morecombe, and looked at the display about drownings crossing Morecombe Bay, and about hoards found locally. By accident we missed the middle floor, but did look at the ground floor, where there was a mock up of a fisherman’s kitchen and a recording playing of a woman recounting her days as a fisherman’s wife, emphasising the uncertainty of their income.The shop had some attractive cards for sale and was more up market than many museum shops. Best of all, it didn’t smell unpleasantly of scent. The price of entry was a reasonable £2 for a concession, and free for a local resident, though there are to be price rises soon we are told, with locals charged. If you live in Lancaster, now is the time to visit your city’s museums.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Rashedazd
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem in Lancaster - Maritime Museum
    A hidden gem in Lancaster - a well displayed museum that gives a complete history of the local sea heritage. There was a film that gave a brief history on the area with lots of hands on activities for the children and a nice cafe for adults with real cafetière coffee. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 August 2023
  • ahappytraveller2
    109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting this little gem of a museum.
    Wonderful museum, beautifully laid out with so much history to learn or expand upon, yet done in a most interesting and informative way. Cafe serves pots of tea with tea leaves & strainer, a nice touch. Lovely staff too. I hope more people take the 10 min or less stroll from the bus depot to explore it. We'll worth visiting.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 September 2023
  • anm53
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits
    If you are interested in the sea or Lancaster’s history as a trading port this museum is one for you. There is plenty to see with interesting exhibits including more up to date information about the gas drilling in Morecambe Bay. The museum is also seeking to engage with the uncomfortable fact that some of Lancaster’s historic wealth was derived from the slave trade. Friendly staff. Free entry if you have the Art Pass. There is a small cafe, which is handy as the museum is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
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anm53
Stourbridge, UK288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you are interested in the sea or Lancaster’s history as a trading port this museum is one for you. There is plenty to see with interesting exhibits including more up to date information about the gas drilling in Morecambe Bay. The museum is also seeking to engage with the uncomfortable fact that some of Lancaster’s historic wealth was derived from the slave trade. Friendly staff. Free entry if you have the Art Pass. There is a small cafe, which is handy as the museum is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from the city centre.
Written 15 April 2024
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The Custards on Tour
Huddersfield, UK326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Superb and very interesting! The kids and adults alike loved the museum, shop and cafe. Great value too. Interactive displays kept the kids busy.
Written 2 March 2024
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ahappytraveller2
londoner in dorset109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Wonderful museum, beautifully laid out with so much history to learn or expand upon, yet done in a most interesting and informative way. Cafe serves pots of tea with tea leaves & strainer, a nice touch. Lovely staff too. I hope more people take the 10 min or less stroll from the bus depot to explore it. We'll worth visiting.
Written 6 September 2023
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Rashedazd
Huddersfield, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A hidden gem in Lancaster - a well displayed museum that gives a complete history of the local sea heritage. There was a film that gave a brief history on the area with lots of hands on activities for the children and a nice cafe for adults with real cafetière coffee. Well worth a visit.
Written 15 August 2023
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Millie024
Llantwit Major, UK476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We were fortunate to be able to park by the river not far from the museum, so were in good spirits when we arrived. The custodian was welcoming and very pleasant and recommended the lift to the top floor where we found the quiet cafe. Duly refreshed, we watched a short film about the history of Lancaster and Morecombe, and looked at the display about drownings crossing Morecombe Bay, and about hoards found locally. By accident we missed the middle floor, but did look at the ground floor, where there was a mock up of a fisherman’s kitchen and a recording playing of a woman recounting her days as a fisherman’s wife, emphasising the uncertainty of their income.The shop had some attractive cards for sale and was more up market than many museum shops. Best of all, it didn’t smell unpleasantly of scent. The price of entry was a reasonable £2 for a concession, and free for a local resident, though there are to be price rises soon we are told, with locals charged. If you live in Lancaster, now is the time to visit your city’s museums.
Written 3 August 2023
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Cls
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
The staff were welcoming and happy to answer any questions. The museum is a quiet space with lots of interesting information and photo ops. The tea room is lovely for a rest and proper tea leaf tea. 😍
Written 19 July 2023
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Jennifer44
Dumfries and Galloway, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We were surprised to realise we were staying round the corner and on the morning we chose to go into the town centre we waited an hour for a taxi and none came so although the city centre is walkable we decided to stay local. Visited the castle, roman baths and the this museum. Very good and learned a lot about the area and Lancaster
Written 18 May 2023
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Susan J
Kendal, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Very well laid out museum containing lots of interesting info about trade, shipbuilding and fishing in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Information on Lancaster's involvement in the slave trade. Located a short pleasant walk from the city centre.
Written 12 March 2023
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Paul H
Garstang, UK3,231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I was amazed with my visit today. Great value for money, very nice staff and a great story to tell of Lancasters Maritime History.
If you are visiting Lancaster, this is one not to be missed
Written 8 February 2023
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tonybee2017
Burntwood, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Absolutely great experience with mostly seafaring exhibits on four floors very interesting nautical history thoroughly recommend
Written 24 November 2022
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