Parking and Facilities

Coach/minibus parking, unloading and loading

Coaches, minibuses and cars may drop-off children in the Maritime Museum Car Park. Pre-booked groups will be met by a member of the Education team and escorted in to the Museum.

Coaches, minibuses and cars (for members of staff only) may park free of charge. Please note, you must give your vehicle registration number to the museum admissions desk on arrival. Failure to do so will result in a parking fine.

Coats and bags

Coats and bags may be stored in the Learning Centre. Groups using other ‘base areas’ in the Museum will, where possible, be provided with coat racks and storage trolleys. Valuables are left at owners’ risk.


There are toilets on the first and second floors of the Museum, including accessible toilets. The Learning Centre has its own toilets which are not available to the public, including an adapted toilet for wheelchair users.

Disabled access

The Museum is fully accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility. Please contact Stuart Slade, Head of Public Engagement, 01326 214532 to discuss your needs and any additional support that we may be able to provide.


Students and accompanying adults are welcome to bring a packed lunch with them. Pre-booked groups may eat lunches or refreshments in their dedicated ‘base area’ but must be supervised by accompanying adults at all times. The Museum also has a café which serves teas, coffees and hot & cold food.


We offer a good range of educational items, books and ‘pocket money’ souvenirs. If you are planning to visit the shop please let us know in advance so that enough time is allowed in your visit timetable. Please limit the number of students in the shop at any one time to approx 10, ensuring that they have an adult with them.