Plan your visit

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

We are currently closed, but we will be open today: 10:00 – 16:30

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.

On the first Sunday of every month, we will be holding a ‘quiet hour’ for the first hour of opening. The next quiet hour will be on Sunday 3rd July 2022 from 11.00am – 12.00pm. 

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 open from 10:00 – 17:00 every Tuesday-Sunday.

We offer a great range of food and drink, making it easy for every visitor to find something tasty to enjoy. 

For large group bookings, please call ahead – 07368 383 042.


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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