- Museums and Art Galleries
Venue type: Indoor
The Grace Darling Museum is a fascinating tribute to an extraordinary lady, particularly in an age when ladies were neither expected nor encouraged to be extraordinary! Grace Darling was 22 years old and living in the lighthouse with her family when they spotted a shipwreck on a nearby sandbank during a storm. She and her father decided it was too dangerous for the coastguard to approach from their direction so they rowed out together in an open boat to rescue the survivors! They rowed for over a mile through terrifying sea conditions to reach them, saving all the remaining survivors of the wrecked SS Forfarshire, back in 7 September 1838.
Grace was the media celebrity of her day and was celebrated internationally and was showered with honours, including the RNLI's Silver Medal for Gallantry. A museum was established in 1938 to commemorate her life which includes the famous rescue vessel, Grace's dresses, letters and family belongings and a wealth of commemorative ware.
It's inspiring and interesting for sure, but it's definitely worth noting for grown ups that the survivors rescued were merely 9 left from 62, the rest perished in the shipwreck including the children of one of the survivors…
It's far from light fare, and small or sensitive kids may well find the details upsetting, concluding with Ms Darling herself expiring a mere 4 years after the adventure. You need to give serious consideration as to whether your kids would be able to take only the positives from this experience.
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7AE, England
Click here to visit Grace Darling Museum's website
01668 214 910
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
1st April - 30th September
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
1st October - 31st March
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00
The last entry time is 30 minutes before closing time.
Free public toilets are located approximately 50 metres from the museum.
Assistance/Guide Dogs only
All audio-video material has subtitles to accommodate to guests with hearing impairments