Plan your Visit

Opening Times

The Boat Shed, Cowes (West)

Closed: for Winter

Reopening 22nd March 2022

The Gallery, East Cowes

Open: Tuesdays and Fridays

10am to 4pm (last entry 3:15pm)

Admission Prices

The Gallery & Boat Shed joint ticket

Adults £11, Child* £8, Family** £28


Single site ticket

Adults £6.50, Child* £5, Family** £18

We only accept Debit or Credit cards    not cash


*5-16 years **2 adults and up to 3 children.

When a joint site ticket is purchased, entry is valid for 30 days

Getting Here

The Boat Shed

117a Medina Yard, Thetis Road

Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7DJ

By Car

The Gallery

Columbine Building, Columbine Road,

East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ

By Bus

Take the Number 1 (via the Park & Ride) from Newport and alight at Arctic Road, cross into Arctic Road, left on to Bridge Street, then follow the sign for the Classic Boat Museum

Take the Number 5 from Newport and alight at East Cowes Waitrose, follow the signs for the Classic Boat Museum



Our two sites are situated either side of the Medina River, both are easily accessible by foot, bicycle, car and public transport.  The Cowes floating bridge that transports people and vehicles across the river, linking the two sides of Cowes is situated within walking distance of both the Gallery and the Boat Shed.


Facilities and Accessibility


We have a small café in the Gallery where you can purchase tea and coffee.


Toilets and Baby changing

The toilets, including disabled facilities, are located in The Gallery.  

The Boat Shed currently has no toilet facilities. Please use the public toilet in Medina Road, near the junction with Bridge Road.


Cloakrooms and luggage

We do not have a cloakroom at either of our sites, but we do have a space where coats and bags can be left. Any property left here is a t the owner's risk.  



There is ample parking at the Boat Shed in the Medina Yard.

There is 2-hour blue zone parking located close to the Gallery.


Food and Drink

We are very sorry, but food and drink are not permitted in either the Gallery or the Boat Shed. Please join us in protecting our exhibits from harm. 



 Both sites are accessible to disabled visitors.



Groups booking a visit to The Classic Boat Museum can have a guided tour led by one of our volunteers.

Contact Jan Ford:  to book



A school trip to the museum is the perfect supplement to the national curriculum and an enriching day out for your class. Learning materials for Keystage 2 and 3 have been developed in collaboration with the Isle of Wight Educational Services under the “Museums and Schools” programme, funded by the Arts Council

Contact Jan Ford: for further details.


The museum welcomes visits from yachting historians and provides access to our library and archives, and space to conduct private research.

Contact Jan Ford: