The story of the
Maritime Museum

The North Devon Maritime Museum is located in the picturesque coastal village of Appledore, North Devon, England.

The museum was established in 1977 by a group of local enthusiasts who wanted to celebrate the region’s rich maritime heritage.


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Opened to the
public in 1977

In the late 1970s, a group of local people formed a trust to establish a museum dedicated to the region’s maritime history. The museum opened to the public in 1977 and has since become a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. In 2017, as it celebrated 40 years, the Trust was able to purchase the building.

The exhibits at the North Devon Maritime Museum cover a wide range of topics related to the maritime history of the region. There are displays on shipbuilding, fishing, smuggling, and life-saving.

An extra treat awaits our visitors with images from the archives, such as this photo of the Primose of Bristol (right). Pictured at Royal Edward Dock on 14th July 1957 by Graham Farr.

Primrose of Bristol
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.
Appledore by Moonlight

'The local shipbuilding industry'

Visitors can learn about the local shipbuilding industry from the early wooden vessels to the steel ships of today. Replicas of the Golden Hinde and the Nonsuch were built in Appledore using traditional methods and materials

The North Devon Maritime Museum is run by our team of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about preserving the maritime heritage of the region. The museum is open to the public from April 1st until October 31st, and visitors can explore the exhibits and learn about the rich history of North Devon’s maritime past.

Interested in a visit to the museum?
Contact us today.

Whether you need to book a group visit or have a general enquiry, you can contact us by any of the methods below.

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

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

Last Entry 4pm.

North Devon Maritime Museum,
5 Odun Rd, Appledore, Bideford EX39 1PT
  • Friendly, knowledgeable team
  • Great for all age groups
  • Interactive Museum Experience
  • Museum shop on site

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