Eyemouth Maritime Centre


Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5SS

    Uncover the area’s fascinating smuggling industry at the Eyemouth Maritime Centre in the Scottish Borders.

    The Eyemouth Maritime Centre is housed in an imaginative structure which has been reconfigured to give the outward impression to the casual eye of being an 18th century frigate, sitting alongside the Eyemouth Harbourside in what was formerly the town's Old Fish Market.

    The current exhibition titled ‘The Smugglers’ outlines in graphic detail the activities of the UK's notorious coastal smuggling industry which was particularly prevalent from the late 18th to mid 19th centuries, and was the scourge of the Revenue officials. This is a fascinating insight into the world of the smuggler, at a time when commodities such as gin, brandy, wool, lace and tea became the 'meat and drink' of a clandestine world.

    The exhibits are shown in authentic period settings - a smugglers' beach landing, a smugglers' cave and a typical pub scene of the age - and all supported by life-like models and boats of the type regularly used by the smuggling fraternity.

    The same attention to detail extends to the interior of the structure. In keeping with the external vision of an 18th century frigate, the theme continues within, to create an atmospheric replica gun deck and living quarters of the period - complete with sound effects.

    This permanent display allows the visitor the chance to savour something of what naval life must have been like for the officers and crew in those far-off times, as they went about their everyday duties - often in very difficult and treacherous conditions.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2015 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2015 - 30 Nov 2015
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00


    • Children's Club

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome By Arrangement

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop


    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby

    Road Directions

    Whether North or South bound take the A1 until you see signs for Eyemouth, Coldingham or the A1107. Take the A1107 road, go along Victoria Road into Albert Road and then through the High Street via the one way system. Take a left down Manse Road on to Harbour Road where there is ample parking.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- The nearest railway station to Eyemouth is Berwick-Upon-Tweed which is around 8 miles from the town.
    For further information regarding train times from the North and South please visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest Airports to Eyemouth are either Edinburgh or Newcastle. For information on how to get to Eyemouth by car or rail from these airports please refer to the instructions above.

    Getting there by ferry:- The nearest Ferry port is The Port of Tyne International Passenger Terminal at Royal Quays which is around 7 miles east of Newcastle. For information on how to get to Eyemouth from Newcastle by car or rail please refer to the details above.

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