Salcombe Maritime Museum, Salcombe, South Devon

Salcombe Maritime Museum, Salcombe, South Devon

Superb local museum

Salcombe Maritime Museum is one of South Devon's many superb local museums providing information about local shipwrecks, boatbuilding and Salcombe's history in WWI and WWII.


Location of Salcombe Maritime Museum

Salcombe Maritime Museum is situated in Market Street which climbs from Fore Street and Salcombe's busy waterfront. The museum is located beneath the Salcombe Tourist Information Centre in The Old Council Hall.

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Directions to Salcombe Maritime Museum

Salcombe's a small place. Fore Street is the main thoroughfare. Look out for Salcombe Ice Cream's shop at the north end of Fore Street. Where Fore Street meets Market Street, follow Market Street as it rises to Salcombe Maritime Museum which will be on your left. Again, we've positioned Salcombe Maritime Museum on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

For parking, use Shadycombe Road Car Park (3 hours only in the summer) or Creek Car Park (long stay). These are both within short walking distance of Salcombe Maritime Museum, Fore Street and Salcombe's waterfront.

In high season, we'd recommend using the Park and Ride car park on the A381 approach road into the town. The bus stops outside Salcombe Maritime Museum.


Salcombe Maritime Museum

Note that the museum is open between April and October when Salcombe's population swells with visitors.


Things to do near Salcombe Maritime Museum

Salcombe boat trips. A passenger ferry runs between Salcombe and East Portlemouth. A ferry and sea tractor connect Salcombe and South Sands near the National Trust's Overbeck's. You can also take a ferry up/down The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary to Kingsbridge on the Rivermaid. You can enjoy other cruises on the Rivermaid as well (estuary cruises/estuary and harbour cruises/evening & creek cruises/estuary & coast cruises). For boat hire, try Salcombe Boat Hire, Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, Whitestrand Boat Hire and Tuckers Boat Hire. You can take coastal trips between Salcombe and Dartmouth. See our Dartmouth listing for more information.

Salcombe beaches. The Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary is lined with sublime beaches. Try Mill Bay Beach (National Trust) and South Sands (Beach).


Other museums in South Devon

Overbeck's Garden and Museum. Located on the west side of the mouth of the Salcombe Kingsbridge Estuary above South Sands (Beach). Within easy walking distance of Salcombe via the South West Coast Path. You can also take the ferry to South Sands (Beach) and wander up to Overbeck's.

Dartmouth Museum. In the heart of Dartmouth.

Totnes Museum. Situated on Fore Street in the centre of Totnes. Visit Totnes Castle (English Heritage) afterwards.

Newton Abbot Town & Great Western Railway Museum. Wonderful place. Arguably the least well known of the local museums in this list which is a shame because it's a fascinating place.

Torquay Museum. Major South Devon museum in Torquay.

Torre Abbey. Magnificent place. Essential visiting if museum's are your thing.

Teign Heritage Centre (Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum). Located in the heart of Teignmouth not far from the seafront and pier.

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM). The Westcountry's premier museum.

Plymouth Mayflower Visitor Centre. Situated on Plymouth Barbican overlooking the Mayflower Steps from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to America.


Other things to do in the local area

If you're into walking, we'd recommend following the South West Coat Path east to East Prawle or west to Soar Mill Cove. The coastline in either direction is stunning.

Beesands and Torcross are further away to the east.

Bantham, Bigbury-on-Sea and Burgh Island are to the west.