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“And it's free?”

Grace Darling Museum
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Bamburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“And it's free?”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Very nicely refurbished, well worth a visit. Very informative the viewing window upper level looking out over the church etc is delightful.

Visited July 2013
Thank MikeRoss504038
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
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381 reviews
276 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“A little gem”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited Bamburgh Castle in the morning and therefore set aside time in the afternoon to visit this museum. It is ideally situated across the road from the church where she is buried although I would recommend you see the museum first. Although it is not big, it is packed full of interesting information and artefacts. This included a dress that she and her sister wore, the boat and other items. There is a very interesting video of the rescue and an interactive item which some people found difficult to work if you don't pay attention to the instructions.
We then wandered upstairs but there was very little there. Off this was another room and we hadn't noticed that it was private for staff working in a second room. It too had little in it but the window showed the garden and we felt this neglected area could be made useful if tidied up with seating as the museum itself, whilst excellent must get very crowded in peak season.
The church was quite interesting but little was made of the Grace Darling tomb outside and we found it because it was a large edifice. Inside the church, we were lucky to see a gilder at work -
not something we've seen before. We were surprised that the Grace Darling museum was free.
We have always felt that the NRLI do such a good job and really should be maintained by the State like the Air Ambulance and Mountain Rescue. It is a sad fact that those people e.g. police, fire and rescue either get paid little or not at all whilst some sportsmen, pop stars etc get millions.
I would therefore urge anyone to donate something to this worthy cause especially as this museum is free!

Visited July 2013
Thank rondonel
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Melton Mowbray
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A must go to.”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Very enjoyable with excellent staffing. Everyone should visit this very informative museum and support the well worth cause of the RNLI.

Visited July 2013
Thank Chris G
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Piece of History”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Learned about Grace Darling in School so to read of the history in the excellent museum & quite emotional to visit her tomb & the lovely church

Visited June 2013
Thank Olive M
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“informative and interesting”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

A very good free entry video about grace darlings story with many interesting , personal belongings and unusual artifacts on show. Building is situated in the town across from the churchyard and a panoramic viewing room is situated in the upstairs of the museum. The RNLI shop is well stocked and staff very pleasant and friendly and eager to answer any queries.

Visited June 2013
Thank pernickity15
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