Welcome to North Devon
Maritime Museum

Appledore is a small village located in North Devon, England, with a rich nautical history that dates back to medieval times. The village is situated on the estuary of the River Torridge, which was once an important centre for shipbuilding and maritime trade.

If you are in the area and have an interest in maritime history, why not visit us? Some of our visitors have local connections that they want to explore, and we will help all we can.

We have lots of interesting exhibits for adults and children alike. Working models, films of past maritime activities, turn a ship’s wheel, tie some knots, see how a sextant was used, models of ships from the 16th century to the modern day, and lots, lots more.

Opening NDMM
Friendly team
Our experienced team are always on hand to help during your visit.
Great for all ages
Our museum has something for everybody, no matter your age.
Interactive experience
We have “hands-on” exhibits including films, models and a telescope.
Shop on site
Treat yourself to a little memento from our well-stocked, gift shop.
Maritime sign

Admission Prices

The North Devon Maritime Museum is situated in the heart of beautiful Appledore. We are open from March 25th until October 31st 2024.

Our admission prices are as follows:

– Adults    £5
– Children (3 to 16)    £3
– Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)    £15

Please note we prefer card/contactless payments.

We welcome parties outside of our official opening hours.
Please contact us to arrange this.

Additional information about your visit

Our opening times are 10:30am until 5pm.

7 days a week between March 25th and October 31st 2024

Last Entry 4pm.

Unfortunately, we do not accept bookings unless you are in a group.

There is a pay-and-display car park across the road from the museum.

Well-behaved dogs (and owners) are welcome in the museum.

Disabled access is limited to the ground floor only.

There is a toilet on the ground floor of the Museum.

From Barnstaple or North Cornwall, take the A39 to Bideford. At the roundabout on the Bideford side of the Torridge Bridge follow the signs to Appledore. On the descent into Appledore, turn left at the brown Museum sign. Use EX39 1PT on your GPS.

Yes. We accept groups. This needs to be arranged with our team. Please contact us via phone or email, groupbookings@northdevonmaritimemuseum.co.uk

Read what our visitors have to say....

With so much to see and enjoy at the museum, we love to hear about your experience whilst visiting. Here are a few words from some of our lovely visitors.

Thank you so much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Maritime Museum
The volunteer staff were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which made the visit extremely enjoyable. I learnt loads about the history of the area, local crafts and the local people. The views were great from the upstairs windows.
Heather, Corby.
Maritime Museum
The museum is a very worthwhile investment of time that brings the scenery, traditions and local trades together. There is a precious array of shipbuilders' tools and techniques and some captivating stories behind the vessels from the area over the ages. A most unusual surprise was the WWII room with the stories and photos of the experiments with wacky inventions to help the 1944 Normandy landings that all took place on the beaches just outside the museum.
Jei, Puerto Maldonado.
Maritime Museum
Even better than expected - super friendly and helpful volunteer staff who brought the museum to life. Lots of interactive exhibits and attention to detail. Don't miss the cheesy photo op in the garden!
R Miller, Coventry.
Maritime Museum
One of the best museums I’ve ever visited. Well-presented and maintained collection of artefacts and local history. Cosy corners welcome you to stay. Grand old house and garden. Welcoming friendly staff.
Grizelda, UK.
Maritime Museum
This super little museum is full of interesting facts, exhibits and photographs of the maritime history of the area. The volunteer staff were very welcoming and helpful. Very good value, heartily recommended.
Wayne B, Worcester.