Museum of British Surfing

Museum of British Surfing
Caen Street car park
EX33 1AA


Museum of British Surfing website



01271 815155

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery, Festivals

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.
Gwyn Haslock, The First Wave, British surfing history exhibition

The First Wave - surfers & their stories

  • 5 April — 31 December 2014 *on now

‘The First Wave – surfers & their stories’ is our exciting new exhibition for 2014 telling the history of British surfing through the people who were there! “Share the stoke & salty tales from a life in the sea from the UK’s surfing pioneers – this display brings our surfing heritage to life,” says Museum of British Surfing founder Peter Robinson.

More than 100 surfers from all corners of the British Isles have been interviewed, plus we’re showing for the first time rare film clips from pre World War Two surfers like Pip Staffieri (1930s surfer) and Harry Rochlin (1920s surfer) who are sadly now no longer with us, and surfing innovators including the late Bill Bailey co-founder of Bilbo Surfboards & the European Surfing Company in the 1960s.

‘The First Wave’ exhibition runs from April 5th to December 31st 2014 at the Museum of British Surfing, Caen Street car park, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1AA – see the information section on our website for opening times, admission charges and directions.

You will be able to browse through the interviews on special touch screen units, we’re showing a new short British surfing history film produced by the makers of The Endless Winter – and of course there will be a wonderful selection of UK-made vintage surfboards and memorabilia for you to get up close & personal with.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £4.00
Concession £3.50
Child (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.