Crail Museum & Heritage Centre

Museums

62/64 Marketgate South, Crail, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 3TL

    The local history museum provides an insight into the past life of the ancient Royal Burgh of Crail and its church, golf club, airfield and seafaring tradition. This year's exhibition is "Childhood in Crail 1900 - 1960".

    Crail became one of the first Royal Burghs in the 13th C with a royal castle. It was an important agricultural area, home to wealthy merchants trading with the Netherlands and Baltic States and with rich fishing. It was an important ecclesiastical centre with close links to the monastery on the Isle of May. John Knox preached in Crail Kirk.  Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest in the world and now has two excellent courses.

    An airfield was created just towards the end of WWI, it was greatly expanded for WWII as HMS Jackdaw, Royal Naval Air Station Crail, for training naval pilots in techniques for dropping torpedoes. After the war it was used by the Black Watch before they were sent to Suez, HMS Bruce for training boys going into the navy and then as the Joint Services School for Languages where mainly Russian was taught during the Cold War.

    There are semi-permanent exhibitions in the Burgh Room and the Airfield Room.

    This year's special exhibitions are "Childhood in Crail - 1900 to 1960", "Craftsmen of Crail" and the "Battle of Jutland".

    Guided walking tours are run from the Museum on Sundays during July and August.

    Crail museum is also a Visitor Information Point in partnership with VisitScotland.

    Crail Museum & Heritage Centre is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation - SC023505

    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times June-September
    1 Jun 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 11:00 16:00
    Tuesday 11:00 16:00
    Wednesday 11:00 16:00
    Thursday 11:00 16:00
    Friday 11:00 16:00
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 13:30 16:00
    Bank Holiday 11:00 16:00
    2016 Opening Times Easter Week
    25 Mar 2016 - 3 Apr 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 11:00 16:00
    Tuesday 11:00 16:00
    Wednesday 11:00 16:00
    Thursday 11:00 16:00
    Friday 11:00 16:00
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 13:30 16:00
    Bank Holiday 11:00 16:00
    2016 Opening Times April to May
    1 Apr 2016 - 29 May 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday Closed
    Friday Closed
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 13:30 16:00
    2016 Opening Times October
    1 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday Closed
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday Closed
    Friday Closed
    Saturday 11:00 16:00
    Sunday 13:30 16:00

    Accessibility

    • Some or all of the displays/exhibits/parts of the attraction
    • The main entrance has level access

    Location

    • Town Centre Crail Museum & Heritage Centre is beside the old Town Hall in the Marketgate where there is also free parking. Crail is 10 miles south of St Andrews on the A917. Follow signs for the East Neuk Coastal Route. Crail is served by an hourly bus service, Stagecoach No 95, which runs between St Andrews and Leven.

    Transport

    • Public Parking Nearby Free parking available in Marketgate beside the Museum.

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop Gifts for all ages, books about Crail, its locality and the wartime airfield, pamphlets with local walks.

    Payment Methods

    • Cash

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the gift shop
      • the information point

    General

    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Seating available throughout the attraction at appropriate intervals, for visitors with limited mobility

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp

    Parking

    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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