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Isle of Anglesey, Wales

Holyhead Maritime Museum

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A rainy day visit to the Holyhead Maritime Museum.

Saw several memorials outside before I went in, so had to get those first!

The Holyhead Maritime Museum is a maritime museum located in Holyhead, North Wales.

Housed in what is claimed to be the oldest Lifeboat station in Wales (built c. 1858), it houses a number of collections.

The lifeboat station opened in 1858 and the first lifeboat was unnamed, launching 18 times, saving 128 persons. Replaced by the Prince of Wales, she launched 38 times and rescued 128 persons. In 1875, Member of Parliament Joshua Fielden and his brothers donated the Thomas Fielden, named after their father, which necessitated extending the house. In 1890, a second large boat was obtained, for which the house was extended to enable beach based landing from a horse-drawn carriage.

After local maritime exhibitions were held in 1982 and 1983 elsewhere, a trustees group was formed on 24 September 1984. The trustees obtained a nine-year lease on the redundant St Elbods church from the Church in Wales, with the museum opened officially by the Duke of Westminster in March 1986.

On expiration of the lease, and after failing to agree a lease within a new development, Stena Line offered the museum a peppercorn rent on the renovated Lifeboat house at Newry Beach. Deciding to improve the building through the construction of new visitor facilities, after a successful bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a renegotiation of the lease to 99 years, the museum reopened on its current site in 1998.

The museum today tells the maritime history of Holyhead and Anglesey, from earliest days to the modern ferries to Ireland. It features an interactive combination of historical artifacts, models and sensory exhibitions. All of its part-time volunteers have extensive maritime and local knowledge. Accessible to wheelchairs, the museum has its own cafe, the Harbour Front Bistro.

The Holyhead at War exhibition is located in an air raid shelter located alongside the Maritime Museum.

Grade II Listed Building

Zodiac Restaurant


Former lifeboat house, circa 1850s, now converted to restaurant.


Rubble with freestone dressings and copings (but mainly rendered and painted), slate roof. Aligned roughly N-S with gable and facing sea. Shaped gables (similar to Holyhead market hall) with ball finials; former broad doorways covered during conversion to restaurant (added bay window to N). Long shallow extension to W side; attached gabled range to NE. Some remains of slipway mechanism to seaward side.

Reasons for Listing

Believed to be the oldest surviving lifeboat house in Wales.

Listing above from 1994. The museum moved in 1998.

Uploaded to Flickr by ell brown on 1 September 2018

Creative Commons License Photo © ell brown, 1 September 2018. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons licence

Location: Porth-y-felin, Caergybi

Location type: Urban

OS Grid: SH245832

Country: Wales

Local Authority: Isle of Anglesey

Parish: Holyhead

Nearest postcode: LL65 1YB

(for sat-nav purposes only, a beach does not have a postal address!)

'Holyhead Maritime Museum' - a photo of Holyhead Beach

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