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Grace Darling Museum

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Address: Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh NE69 7AE, England
Phone Number: +44 7471 914725
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RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the story of Grace and her father's heroic...

RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the story of Grace and her father's heroic rescue of nine survivors of the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in September 1838. The museum is a small site, with a stunning view from the first floor. The main gallery includes the boat Grace and her father rowed to the rescue. RNLI Grace Darling Museum is a family friendly site with trails, activities and temporary exhibitions during school holidays. We look forward to welcoming you.

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Well worth a visit

A small and interesting free museum dedicated to Grace Darling. Very well presented, lots of artifacts, information and history. Afterwards walk across the road to the church... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A small and interesting free museum dedicated to Grace Darling. Very well presented, lots of artifacts, information and history. Afterwards walk across the road to the church and see her memorial.

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Freckleton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very good museum with a vast amount of information about Grace Darling including a well put together short film covering the full story. In addition the actual boat is on display, all-in-all a thought provoking museum which should not be missed.

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Wakefield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Grace Darling (and family!) museum is so very well set out and organised by a lovely, helpful and knowledgeable Lady at reception. Of all lifeboat stories this is probably the most gripping, and a big thank you to ALL the people of the RNLI!!!

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Suffolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Small museum but a good short video explains why Grace Darling has been remembered and it is a free museum which was a nice surprise

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited Bamburgh many times and last week was the first time I visited Grace Darling museum, what a lovely surprise. Firstly it was free, and not much is these days, secondly we were welcomed on arrival and talked through how to get the most from the experience, very pleasant staff. Next the exhibition itself was very good with... More 

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. Our volunteers really enjoy helping you to get the most out of your visit. If you have only have fifteen minutes, they will direct you straight to our film of the rescue, playing over the coble which the rescue was undertaken in. If you have all day they will happily talk with you about... More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit this little museum is dedicated to a local heroine whose father was the lighthouse keeper. It is packed with interesting memorabilia especially the actual rescue boat and tries to piece together the lives of this ordinary family giving meaning and impact to the bravery of Grace and her father.

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We try to include as much as we can in a small space, even hiding some artefacts in drawers underneath the showcases. Grace's family had all the things we recognise today, and some of these have survived the years, including the family tea set. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Ulladulla, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not large but well set out. Informative audio visual. Highlighting the lengths lighthouse keepers would go to to assist ships in distress, at a time before powered rescue craft Well worth spending a bit of time there and then wandering around the corner to the Bamburgh village.

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. RNLI Grace Darling Museum worked with Trinity House to make sure that we accurately reflected all the details of a lighthouse keeper's life. Interestingly, in 1839, the year after the famous rescue, Trinity House employed the first Assistant Light Keepers. Grace's brother was appointed as Assistant Keeper at Longstone. If the position had existed... More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is run very well by the RNLI, it is compact and very user friendly. The staff we met were all volunteers and very approachable and friendly. The museum is a moving tribute to a very brave Victorian lady who did not want fame that went with her deeds. I found the actual boat she rowed here on display... More 

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. 95% of RNLI people are volunteers. Our team really enjoy helping you get the best out of your visit. RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews show the same level of courage and modesty at Grace did going to rescue those in trouble. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Yorkshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best museums we have visited. The child-friendly layout uses videos, exhibition cases, and real artifacts to tell the amazing story of Grace Darling. There is a small shop and a welcoming staff to greet visitors. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We try to provide something for everyone, and during school holidays we add family activities to our usual exhibition and interactives. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Troon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

on a visit to my friends birth place Bamburgh, the museum run by the RNLI was on our list of places to go, as they already knew the story of Grace Darling thought I would be interested, It was a memorable visit, lovely story of a very brave young lady, much respected for what she did, so sad she died... More 

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Grace D, Manager at Grace Darling Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review. Our visitors often find that although they know elements of the famous rescue story, they find out even more. We try to provide the skeleton of the story for those visitors who have never heard of Grace, and put flesh on the bones for those who remember the story from their school days. We are... More 

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