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“Well worth a visit”

Senhouse Roman Museum
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Maryport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

This small museum is great for those wishing for an interesting but not over-powering bit of Roman history - there's a great kids activity book available and the museum is small. You can climb a tower for views of the coast. There is an active dig on site but check to see if there's a visit available. The activity days are wonderful - the kids were able to taste herbs, basket weave and weave with wool - all for 7GBP for an adult and 2 kids. On an activity day you could easily spend 2 hours there but otherwise, an hour is probably all you need.

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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Very interesting museum with lots to see and do. Especially liked the climb up the tower outside. Recommended

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

If you are interested in Roman history this place is a must for you, particularly if a dig is in progress at the time of your visit. It's a fail climb up there and so far as I'm aware there isn't public transport adjacent, so probably you'll need a car. It's actually Europe's largest collection of Roman altars, but it is set out with some skill and makes interesting viewing. I visit for reasons other than the museum, but if we have visitors we always take then to the Senhouse Museum

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We would have had to pay £1.80 for car parking at the harbour area for the Maritime museum which was closed on the day of our visit. However, we moved on to the second item we wanted to see. The Senhouse Museum is at the end of the town and has its own free car park. It was early and had just opened but even when we left, the car park wasn't full. It is not a large building and after paying the entrance fee, we entered a room which was divided in the middle so that one walked up one way and down the other. The walls were covered with painted pictures of roman times and various gods etc. They concentrated on roman altars but there were games for children to play and a room where they could dress up. There was also a screen where four short films were shown but only three seats so one had to stand if there were more people and it was not a big area. The toilets are clean and there is a small gift shop but no café. Once outside, there is a reproduction tower made of wood where there are two floors.
The views from the top are excellent and if clear through to Scotland and the Isle of Man.
It was certainly an informative museum and well presented. The member of staff on duty was also knowledgeable. It will be interested to hear what they find with the excavations just outside.

Thank rondonel
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

The first thing you should know is that this small museum concentrates on the finds from the Alauna Roman Fort and associated village. In particular it covers in depth the Roman alters dedicated by the Commanders and others from that Fort and Village. It does not go into detail about the other sites associated with Hadrian's Wall except for the string of coastal Mileforts from Hadrian's Wall down to Maryport. It isn't expensive and kids can have fun with the last exhibit about the archeological dig.

Thank ColinLSydney
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