The City of

Historic Buildings

Visitor Attractions
Villages and

Prehistoric Sites

Map & satellite


Ashton Memorial
Butterfly House
Cottage Museum
Judges Lodgings
Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Maritime

Lancaster Cathedral
Lancaster Priory Church
Penny's Almhouses
Roman Bath House
and Wery Wall

Crook O' Lune
Dukes of Lancaster
Pendle Witches Williamson Park

Maritime Museum, Lancaster

OS Grid ref:- SD473619

Lancaster Maritime MuseumThe Maritime Museum at Lancaster overlooks the River Lune, amidst the Georgian architecture of St George’s Quay. The Museum is housed in the Port of Lancaster Custom House, designed by Richard Gillow and dating from the second half of the eighteenth century.

The award winning museum uses sounds, smells and reconstructions to tell the story of the port of Lancaster from Viking settlers to Lancaster and Morecambe's rich maritime past and its involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The adjacent warehouse buildings house displays on the Lancaster Canal and the fishing industry of the Lune Estuary and Morecambe Bay. Several preserved vessels are also displayed, including 'Sir William Priestley' and 'Coronation Rose'.

The museum, a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction, also hosts changing exhibitions and events.There is a cafe and shop and parking is available at the rear.

The buildings along the quayside developed around this time as a result of the success of overseas trade. Alongside of the Museum are buildings which belonged to prosperous Quaker slave trader Dodshon Foster.


Leave the M6 at jct 33 or 34 and follow the signs for Lancaster city centre. Follow the signs for the A6 north from the city centre and turn left in St George's Quay just before reaching the bus station. Lancaster Maritime Museum is located about half a mile along the quayside.

Back to Visitor Attractions