Plan your visit

The car park will be closed on Tuesday 24th May 2022, we are sorry for the inconvenience. If you are planning to visit us on Tuesday then please use Quay Street car park.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum and we’ve included lots of information here to help you make the most of your visit.

We are now closed, however we are open tomorrow 11:00 – 16:00

Last entry to the Museum is 45 mins before closing.

Opening times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Wednesday: 10:00 – 16:30
Thursday: 10:00 – 16:30
Friday: 10:00 – 16:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 16:30
Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00

School holiday opening times
During school holidays the Museum is open Monday–Sunday, 10:00-16:30.

Admission prices

* Family admission is for 2 adults and 2 children

Annual Pass
The Annual Pass allows unlimited access for 12 months, entry inclusive of all exhibitions.

Getting here

Whether it be by car, bus, train and bike, there are many easy and convenient routes to get to us. Feel free to call us if you would like any help or advice when visiting.

By car

Travelling north from Millom and Muncaster, follow the A595 North. When approaching Whitehaven the Museum is signposted by brown AA heritage road signs.

Travelling South from Carlisle or across country from Penrith and Keswick, follow the A66 to Cockermouth which then joins the A595 straight through to Whitehaven. The one way system in the town centre, leads direct to the harbour and The Beacon Museum.

By bus

Whitehaven is easily connected to by bus. Timetables can be downloaded from here.

By train

Whitehaven’s train station is 15 minutes gentle stroll around the picturesque sea harbour, around to The Beacon Museum. A stunning journey with the train line hugging close to the coastline as it travels north to Carlisle and south to Barrow-in-Furness and Grange-over-Sands. Timetables can be found here.

By bike

Whitehaven is host to the start of the famous C2C cycle route, an epic 140 miles cross country cycle route from Whitehaven to Tynemouth. Many visitors call into the Museum the day before the epic cycle ride, the Museum can be seen from the starting point on the harbour’s edge. Many local cycle paths lead to Whitehaven. The C2C route can be found here.

Shop and Café

Beacon Museum Gift Shop
Featuring a range of unique gifts that continue the story and themes of your museum visit. From iconic Whitehaven scenes in print, to locally crafted preserves and gifts, there is something for everyone in our Beacon Museum Gift Shop.

The Boathouse Café
The Boathouse Café is now open from 10:00 – 17:00 every day.

COVID guidance

When you visit, we want you to feel safe when you enter the Museum and you can be confident that we are fully adhering to all the published guidelines as our standards are already high. Inline with Government guidance find out what coronavirus measures we have put in place here.


Find out how to make the most of your visit and plan your trip in advance on our Accessibility at the Museum page.

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