Welcome to the North Devon Maritime Museum

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

If you are just stuck for something to do, come and see us anyway. We have lots of interesting exhibits for adults and children alike. Have a look at working models, film of past maritime activities, turn a ship’s wheel, tie some knots, see how a sextant was used, see model ships from the 16th century to the modern day, and lots more. 

Here’s What to see


Adults – £4.00

Senior citizens – £3.00

Children (3 -16) – £2.00

Families (two adults, 2 children) – £10.00

Please note we are no longer accepting cash, only card/contactless payments

Parties are most welcome outside of opening hours, by appointment. Please contact us to arrange this.

Opening times

2021 opening times

19th of July to the end of October

10.30am to 5pm

Last admission is one hour before closing time. This is to enable you to make the most of the Museum.


Disabled access is limited to the ground floor only. Children (3 – 16) must be accompanied by an adult.

Well behaved dogs are welcome


There is a toilet on the ground floor of the Museum and there are two toilets adjacent to the Victorian Classroom with wheelchair access.

Find Us


 By Car: 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 descent into Appledore, turn left at the Museum brown sign. Use EX39 1PT on your GPS.

 Parking: A Pay & Display car park is situated opposite the Museum.

 By Bus: Regular bus services run from Barnstaple via Bideford and Northam to Appledore. The bus stops adjacent to Odun Road.

 By Train: Regular services run from Exeter to Barnstaple with a connecting bus service to Appledore.

 Walking/Cycling: The museum is close to the South West Coastal Path and The Tarka Trail.


Cars and minibuses may be parked in the Odun Road Pay & Display Car Park, which is opposite the North Devon Maritime Museum.

Pupils should disembark from the coaches at the entrance to Odun Road. Coaches may park at the Quay Car Park, which is below St Mary’s Church, Appledore.

Become a Friend of North Devon Maritime Museum

The Friends of the North Devon Museum Trust Friends Membership is open to all