Eyemouth Maritime Centre


Harbour Road, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5HY

    Whaling, using hand-thrown harpoons from open whaleboats, to the local men whaling in the Antarctic. Told through whaling artefacts, photographs and our real whaleboat, Elisa, from our huge 'World of Boats' collection.

    Eyemouth Maritime Centre is housed in our recreation of an 18th century frigate alongside Eyemouth’s historic harbour. Telling the stories of mankind afloat, our ever-changing exhibitions display boats from our 'World of Boats' collection of nearly 400 vessels from around the world.

    Our current exhibition, ‘The Whalers’, tells the story of whaling, from using hand-thrown harpoons from open whaleboats, to the local men whaling in the Antarctic.

    See our magnificent 37-foot long whaleboat, Elisa, from the Azores. She hunted sperm whales in the Atlantic Ocean and was powered only by sail and oar, with her crew of seven merely using hand-thrown harpoons, just as in the days of Captain Ahab and Moby-Dick.

    The story of the local men who spent the winter months “at the ice”, whaling from Leith Harbour, South Georgia is told through a multitude of whaling artefacts and photographs from the Antarctic whaling expeditions. They are kindly on loan from the families of local ex-whalers, bringing to life the little-known, or often forgotten, story of our whaling past.

    ‘The Whalers’ exhibition joins a selection of other boats including UK coastal fishing boats, all on display from our 'World of Boats' collection of nearly 400 vessels from around the world. Many of these are represented by scale models in Eyemouth Maritime Centre, offering a glimpse into to our full and unique collection.

    In keeping with our external vision of an 18th century frigate, our atmospheric replica gun deck, complete with sound effects, recreates what naval life must have been like for the officers and crew in those far-off times.

    Activities for all the family, including knot-tying, interactive learning in how boats pullys work, children's quizzes, colouring-in, and dressing-up as pirates.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    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 12:00 16:00


    • The main entrance has level access


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash


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


    • Children's Club


    • 24hr CCTV
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Town Centre
    • Waterfront Location Alongside Eyemouth's historic harbour

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs on leads welcome

    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.

    Transport within Scotland

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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 :
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the ticket issuing point


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

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

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