Museum of British Surfing

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The Museum of British Surfing is the national registered charity established to preserve Britain's rich surfing heritage, celebrate new achievements and help shape the future of surfing in Great Britain.
Each year we have a new exhibition at our venue in Braunton, exploring different themes in surfing culture and heritage - typically you will see about a quarter of our collection at any one time (the largest collection in Europe).
We will also have a full programme of music and film events, and will be continuing our touring exhibitions in museums around the UK.

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Opening hours

Please see our website for exhibitions & opening times

Admission charges

Adult £4.00
Concessions £3.50
Children (16 & under/accompanied) Free
Groups (10 or more; per person) £2.50

Getting there

We are located on the main Caen Street car park in the village of Braunton - see our website for detailed travel information and our Green Travel Plan.

Additional info

We are located on the main Caen Street public car park in Braunton, public toilets are also in the car park. We are next to the Tarka Trail. We have access suitable for people with disabilities or in wheelchairs. No dogs except guide dogs. or join us on Facebook at
Twitter @britsurfmuseum

Historic British surfboards and associated memorabilia dating back to the time when Captain James Cook and his crew first discovered surfing in 1769. We have a large range of surfing publications dating back 200 years, plus photographs, films and interviews with pioneer surfers.

Collection details

Maritime, Sport, Archives, Social History, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Film and Media, Industry, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Science and Technology, World Cultures, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • British Surfing History
  • Surf heritage
  • Surf culture
  • Ocean environment
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

British Surfing Pioneers 1890 2015

  • 28 March — 7 September 2015 *on now

2015 is a special year for British surfing as we start to celebrate 125 years of the earliest recorded wave riding in the UK.

To mark this milestone we're opening a new exhibition room & planning a series of special events over the next two years. We're open every day during the February school half term starting on Valentine's Day, and then opening on Saturdays for the rest of February & March until we reach the Easter holidays & full time opening again.

As we build up to the main anniversary in September, we're bringing you our fab British surfing pioneers exhibition 'The First Wave'. Stories of Hawaiian princes surfing our chilly waters with their English guardian in 1890.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Getting there

We are located on the main Caen Street car park in the village of Braunton - see our website for detailed travel information and our Green Travel Plan.

Museum of British Surfing
Caen Street car park
EX33 1AA


Museum of British Surfing website



01271 815155

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