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The Classic Boat Museum

Albany Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA, England
+44 1983 290006
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Where were the boats?!

We looked at their website before going and saw that a new site was opening in October, but decided... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Swanage, United Kingdom
No boats!

Disappointed that in the height of the summer season no boats were to be seen but were in... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
David H
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The Museum houses a unique collection of historic small craft and memorabilia that have been brought together to form a fascinating exhibition. Covering many aspects of maritime heritage over the past century or so, our displays relate to boatbuilding, sailing, yachting, cruising, racing, and much more. All exhibits are under cover and on one ground floor level. Free adjacent parking. Refreshments. Shop.
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Albany Road, East Cowes PO32 6AA, England
+44 1983 290006
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We looked at their website before going and saw that a new site was opening in October, but decided we would go to the current site. No mention on the website that all the boats were in storage. Now, surely that's a vital bit of...More

Thank Gazania186266
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Disappointed that in the height of the summer season no boats were to be seen but were in storage! This was explained before entering but was not obvious from previous reviews or before arriving. Exhibits were interesting however and the history of Saunders Roe gave...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 18 August 2017

Not surprising really as it goes with the title but a first class experience and as a sailor it enhanced my understanding and knowledge. Very interesting and rivals in part another classic boat museum and workshop visited in Tasmania some years back. Just a holiday...More

Thank Mic L
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place to visit and it's not all about boats and I did learn a few things Gift shop is NOT expensive Coffee is good as the homemade cakes Helpful staff Well worth the vist

Thank ccag2762
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

What an amazing place for boat lovers to visit. Packed full of marine craft of all kinds with quite a few surprise exhibits. A must - will go again when on the Island.

Thank percivalUk
Reviewed 13 March 2017

A very interesting place to visit, Cowes being the sailing place of the Isle of Wight, Would recommend for all ages.

Thank maureengibbs1
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you like bats then go see this, lots of interesting old boats and associated memorabilia, Cows s known frets sailing heritage.

Thank les s
Reviewed 19 October 2016

The museum is in the process of moving to Cowes and only the "gallery" which shows nautical artifacts, pictures, trophies etc is open. This is well worth a visit for a very small entrance fee. They also sell coffee which is very useful if you...More

Thank Zulusailor
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The boats weren't there, but this was still £2.00 well spent. Fascinating, quirky displays (does anyone know how the WWII airborne lifeboats worked?) and lots of memorabilia from the 30's and the 'big class' racing at Cowes. Lots of period cuttings, pictures and adverts -...More

Thank Tim W
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is well worth a visit. We have been twice now. The staff are very friendly and you can ask as many questions as you wish.

Thank margaret w
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Paul K
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Response from gsiw | Reviewed this property |
Agreed, the website is updated quite regularly.