Visiting the Museum
We are looking forward to welcoming you back and we would like to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. This means there will be some changes to your visit.
As well as increased hygiene measures and a one-way system around our galleries some areas will be closed. These are the watchtower and the library.
We are admitting fewer people into the museum so we can provide enough space for social distancing at 2 metres. This means we would like you to book in advance. If you do not book, you may have to queue outside until the number of visitors in the museum has reduced to a safe level.
Our opening hours are slightly amended to allow for a daily deep clean of all the public spaces. We will be open from 11am and last entry will be at 16:30.
How to book
To ensure we can maintain social distancing and to help us make your visit safe and enjoyable it is important that as many people as possible book a ticket in advance.
You will be asked to choose a time-slot. This is your arrival time only, you may wish to stay longer than one hour. Every week we will release new bookings for the following week. You can book up to one hour before your preferred time slot. Please only book the tickets you need. You will need to book one ticket for each person (except under 5s).
There will be a small allocation of tickets for people who walk in on the day, for those who are not able to book tickets online. If you have not booked tickets you will need to wait until a member of staff has made sure we have the capacity to admit you to the building.
The online tickets are reservations only, you will need to pay the regular admission on arrival. Please pay by contactless card if possible. The link below (Book tickets) will take you to an external Eventbrite page where you can reserve your tickets.
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Our car park remains free of charge for museum visitors, but please be considerate when parking your vehicle. The disabled parking in the museum yard must only be used by blue badge holders.
When you arrive
If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please do not visit.
It is a legal requirement that all museum visitors wear a face covering to enter the museum and for the duration of their visit. This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions.
Please arrive within 20 minutes of the start time of your ticket. You may need to queue for a short time while tickets are checked and paid for. If you arrive late, we may not be able to guarantee you immediate entry. Entry will be at the discretion of our staff based on the number of people already in the building.
A hand sanitiser dispenser is available at the entrance, please use this before entering the building.
Please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy.
In order to help reduce the risk of an outbreak of coronavirus, we are taking contact details of visitors as well as recording the time of entering the museum. This is voluntary and you do not have to provide these details. For those who do consent, in line with guidance issued by the government, we will keep your details for 21 days. We only share them with NHS Test and Trace, if asked, in the event of a fellow visitor testing positive for coronavirus. Your co-operation in helping us to keep our visitors, staff and the wider community safe is greatly appreciated.
During your visit
It is a legal requirement that you wear a face covering to enter the museum and for the duration of your visit. This does not apply to under 11s or people excluded due to health conditions.
Please follow government advice around social-distancing when you visit and follow the one-way route around the building. Any children in your group must be supervised at all times. A plan of the building with the one-way route is available below.
Plan of building
Please read the new signs providing guidance. Our staff and volunteers will be happy to help you adjust to the new way of visiting.
Our staff will greet you at a distance. Some may be wearing facemasks or visors (this is their choice and not compulsory under government guidance) and we have a new screen at the reception desk.
The toilets are open for use by museum visitors and you may notice an enhanced, more frequent cleaning regime. There is a hand sanitiser point adjacent to the toilets.
Our staff and volunteers will be following an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the day, please remember to respect their need for social distancing as they are going about their work.
Our hot drinks machine will not be available to visitors. There will be a limited selection of cold drinks and confectionary available in the shop. You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to consume in our outside picnic area.
Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have any questions or concerns about visiting, please do let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01900 816168.
Staying Covid-19 Secure
Visiting Senhouse Roman Museum
From the South
Leave the M6 at junction 40 (Penrith) and take the A66 past
Keswick to Cockermouth. At Cockermouth take the A594 to Maryport.
From the North
At junction 44 on the M6 take the A7 into Carlisle and from Carlisle the A595 towards Cockermouth. About 6 miles (10km) from Carlisle turn right at a roundabout on to the A596 which will bring you to Maryport.
Once in Maryport
The museum is on the Sea Brows at the north end of town. There is ample free parking. Small brown signs bearing a roman helmet have been put up to help you find the way.
From the junction of the main roads by the Parish Church, head west along Wood Street. Take the second right turn into Crosby Street. Head north and up hill into Fleming Square (obelisk and cobbles). Exit Fleming Square heading north on Camp Street. Turn left into Ingleby Terrace and right along the Promenade (Sea Brows).
From the harbour area, the museum is visible at the north end of the row of buildings on the cliff top. It is a 15 minute walk, and there are a variety of possible routes. To reach Fleming Square by car from the harbour area, head back into town along Senhouse Street. Turn left up High Street and continue to the top of the street. Turn right into Fleming Square.
- Free parking
- Picnic area
- Toilets (including accessible toilet)
The museum reopen to the public on Friday 14th August. Please book tickets online (see left).
January - March
10.30am - 4pm Friday
10.30am - 4pm Saturday
10.30am - 4pm Sunday
April - October
11.00am - 5pm Everyday
Last entry 4.30pm
November - December
10.30am - 4pm Friday
10.30am - 4pm Saturday
10.30am - 4pm Sunday
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
The museum building is all on one level with ramps where appropriate
No dogs except guide and assistance dogs
Child: £1.50 (5 - 16 years)
(2 adults and 2 or more children)
Under 5s: free
Entry is free for residents of the CA15 postcode area
Bring proof of address
Senhouse Roman Museum
CIO number 1175131