Grace Darling Museum

Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Grace Darling Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Grace Darling Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
The RNLI Grace Darling Museum tells the incredible story of Grace Darling, a fearless young woman who became a reluctant celebrity. In 1838, Grace and her father William risked their lives to rescue stranded survivors from a ship wrecked in a fierce storm. This feat of bravery changed her life dramatically. Explore Grace's life and upbringing in the lighthouse, the events of the rescue that propelled her into the limelight and her status as a national heroine. During your visit you'll discover personal items and portraits of the Darling family, including the famous boat that Grace and her father used during the rescue. See if you can light up the lighthouse, and learn more about Grace and other female lifesavers too.
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SharonJT67
Durham, UK4,913 contributions
Very interesting
Nov 2021 • Friends
Called in on Tuesday to be greeted by a lovely lady advising us if the museum & where the homes she lived & died in could be located.

Thought the museum was well laid out, very informative & the video depicting the rescue was very thought provoking as well as demonstrating Grace’s immense courage & bravery, how she managed to keep that boat steady in those conditions was miraculous! Wonderful museum and a thoroughly enjoyable visit.
Written November 25, 2021
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Elizabeth V
Bognor Regis, UK738 contributions
Great, but what about her father?
Oct 2021
This is a great museum. It is free. It is a lot bigger insifde, over two floors, than it looks from the outside. The story of Grace Darling is told in numerous ways, including a great video production. The museum sits opposite the Church of St Aidan which provides a tribute to Grace and a monument in the graveyard. It represents a lovely collection of related attractions. BUT - Grace's father was as heroic as Grace but gets very little recognition (the museum does reflect on it). Is it because Grace, as a female, was not expected to be so heroic, whilst her father merely did what was expected of a male? I think, in the current environment, there would be more of an equal representation. Well worth a visit.
Written October 18, 2021
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ccredBuckinghamshire
Hazlemere, UK143 contributions
Great way to find out the history of Grace Darling
Oct 2021
Very informative little museum with some very interesting artefacts including the boat used to save the lives from the shipwreck. A real must to visit
Written October 15, 2021
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Simon W
Asfordby, UK108 contributions
A GOOD REMINDER OF THE STORY OF GRACE DARLING
Sep 2021
I had forgotten the story of Grace Darling which I can only vaguely remember from my childhood. The whole story of her heroism during a terrible storm is brought to life.
Written October 4, 2021
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maz.whit
Chesterfield, UK10 contributions
Lovely little museum.
Jul 2021 • Family
Visited whilst staying in Seahouses. Very interactive & informative, Kids enjoyed it.
Good view from upstairs.
Small & sometimes need to queue for a short time. Nice gift shop too.
Written September 3, 2021
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GPhipps123
12 contributions
Excellence for a focussed subject matter
Aug 2021
A lovely museum, super knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic member of staff guiding us in when it was safe to. Brought a tear to my eye as a very informative and engaging exhibit about Grace Darling. Thank you
Written August 17, 2021
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Ian P
Lisbon District, Portugal35 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021
Visited mid afternoon - staff so welcoming . Very interesting exhibits and well presented. The story boards added to the overall enjoyment and learning. It is also free admission, although donations are quite rightly requested.
Written July 23, 2021
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Linda S
Darlington, UK62 contributions
Small but perfectly formed museum
Jul 2021 • Solo
Fantastic backdrop to the life of somebody who truly was a heroine, looking back now from a time when this phrase is bandied about. Amazing to see the coble used in the rescue. Well set out, informative and interesting museum with friendly staff. The experience is complemented by a visit to Grace's grave/memorial in the churchyard opposite. All free, make a donation or buy something from the lovely giftshop to support the work of the RNLI.
Written July 20, 2021
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Dabblings
Sandhurst, UK1,408 contributions
Surprisingly good museum
Jul 2021
A well laid-out & informative museum. I expect most people in UK would know of her heroic deeds with her father on that incredibly stormy night one December, but I didn't realise how famous she became or that she died 4 years later of TB. As I had no cash to put in a donations I bought some RNLI Christmas cards.
Written July 16, 2021
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helenandpaul13
Worcester, UK1,361 contributions
A short story of heroism at its best
Jun 2021
I visited here while walking round the village. The museum is situated right opposite the entrance to St Aiden's church. The place is small and apart from a reception area there are only a couple of rooms at the back with memorabilia. However, Grace only lived a short life and there are many items from her childhood and other family heirlooms. There are replicas of her medals, the original family gravestone and information of how Grace and her family were suddenly thrust into fame. There is also a preserved boat that she and her father used in their heroic rescue, of which there is a short film made by the RNLI.

In summary, the heroism shown by Grace's father and herself is nothing short of miraculous. Early one morning from her bedroom window Grace spotted survivors of a shipwreck on a rock in the Farne Islands where the family lived and in the force of a hurricane with her dad they took out their boat and picked up 9 survivors and brought them back to the lighthouse. They picked up the first few, then her dad went back with others to rescue the rest. Absolutely amazing. Grace died from consumption a few years later, but her heroism made her a national Icon and helped head to the formation of the RNLI. You can also hear more about Grace's story by taking a boat trip to the islands themselves.

The museum is free to enter and asks visitors for a contribution to the RNLI. I gave generously.
Written July 2, 2021
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Grace Darling Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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