Mundesley Maritime Museum
Working coastguard lookout with a marvellous miscellany of maritime exhibits.
One of England’s smallest museums, Mundesley Maritime Museum is packed with exhibits, including lifesaving paraphernalia, ships wheels, and navigation lights. Prints and other information illustrate over 200 years of the town’s maritime history taking in lifeboats, shipwrecks, fishing, railways and the tragic story of the Mundesley Minefield.
The first floor has been reinstated as a coastguard lookout of the 1930-40s with powerful binoculars for visitors to use to watch passing shipping. It is used as a lookout today by National Coastwatch and visitors are welcome to watch them at work. Recommended length of visit: 30 minutes
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Other good things to do near by
The Museum is on the cliff top with superb views over the North Sea, and a safe beach for swimming and children. Cromer and Sheringham are near by and you can visit the William Marriott Museum or take a trip on the North Norfolk Railway from Holt to Sheringham.
East Ruston Old Vicarage is a private garden of 32 acres with beautiful plants and walks and an amazing porthole view of Happisburgh Lighthouse. Wroxham which is often called the capital of the Norfolk Broads is only a short drive away. Day boats can be hired and there are also river excursions.
Travel and parking
Mundesley is on the B1159, just east of Cromer. Large pay and display car park opposite the museum. Bus services run along the coast.
1 June to 18 September, Sunday to Friday (closed Saturday), 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm
Adults £1, Concession free. Child free, Groups (15+).
Facilities and access
Other access information: All the above facilities are no further than 100m distant. The first floor is accessed by a spiral staircase only. Telephone for further details.