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Our outdoor spaces are now open and we're getting ready to open our indoor spaces on 17 May.

Shipwright's Cottage

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Explore a Shipwright's home...

Step through the door of the reconstructed Shipwright’s Cottage to be transported back in time…

Once home to shipwright Thomas Burlace and his family, you can now explore this charming cottage to see how Thomas and his family would have lived. Entry to the Shipwright's Cottage is free.

Our indoor spaces will reopen on 17 May, however you can now explore the outdoor spaces of Buckler's Hard.


Tour in the Shipwright's Cottage

LUXURY LIVING

As skilled craftsmen, shipwrights were in high demand during wartime, which meant they earned an above-average salary. Look out for luxury items such as decorated tableware.

Shipwright's Cottage

An Education

Keep an eye out for the bible on the living room window sill – proof that the Burlace family were educated and literate.

Discover more about the people who lived and worked in Buckler's Hard in the Maritime Museum & Buckler's Hard Story, where you can compare the Shipwright’s Cottage with the cramped 'one up, one down' residence of a labourer.


This is a lovely quaint place to visit. Full of maritime history and the houses set up show what life was like when this was a thriving place.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • February 2019

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