Walton Maritime Museum

The Old Life Boat House was built in 1884 at the end of East Terrace Walton, adjacent to the Coastguard Station, to provide an operational base for the local lifeboat crew. Although the Life Boat House was extended in 1899 to accommodate the James Stevens No.14, the need to respond quickly to distress calls prompted the RNLI to moor its lifeboats at the end of the pier from 1900. Acquired by Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust in 1984, the Old Life Boat House has been used as a maritime museum ever since. Amongst the museum’s collections are former lifeboats, James Stevens No.14  & City of Leicester, an ex-RNLI boarding boat. information on the men who sailed them, and artefacts charting Walton’s colourful history as a seaside town.

Walton Maritime Museum regularly holds special exhibitions such as “That’s Entertainment”, a display illustrating how the residents and the holidaymakers were entertained in Walton and Frinton in the first half of the twentieth century. Information on our current exhibitions is posted in our Events Diary .

Opening hours: 2pm to 4pm Easter Bank Holiday weekend, both May Bank Holiday weekends, and daily (2pm to 4pm) from 1st July to 30th September. [We do rely on voluntary stewards]
During winter months please see our Events Diary.

Admission Charges: Adults £1, Accompanied Children (under 10 years old) free, Trust members free (you will be asked to produce your membership card)
School and group visits can be arranged any time from Easter to end of October outside normal opening hours by telephoning us on (01255) 678259.

Accessibility: :
                   Travel and Access Statement

The Old Lifeboat House, East Terrace, Walton-on-the-Naze CO14 8PZ
Tel: 01255 678259
Email: curator.wmm@fwheritage.co.uk