Arctic Corsair

The Arctic Corsair is moving in March 2019 to allow Environment Agency flood defence works.  Visitors may not be able to see all of the ship and visitor centre as we prepare for the move.

Come aboard Hull’s last sidewinder trawler the Arctic Corsair and let the crew take you on a guided tour (access is limited).

You’ll hear all about life at sea and the dangers deep sea trawlermen faced in the Icelandic fishing grounds.

Our free guided tours are the only way to see inside the Arctic Corsair.  Tours can only be booked on the day at the Museums Quarter shop located at the Hull & East Riding Museum.

Before each tour starts you can watch a short 10 minute action film - Life at Sea - in the Arctic Corsair visitor centre (next to the Hull and East Riding Museum). You can also find out more about the Arctic Corsair at the museum, which is free to enter and you do not need to book.


Tours for schools and community groups

If you are a school group or local, regional or national community group of eight or more people, you can pre book a tour.

Pre booked tours take place on Thursdays only.

To book please telephone 01482 612 460 or email

How to find the Arctic Corsair

The Arctic Corsair is behind the Streetlife Museum on the River Hull. It can be accessed via the Museums Quarter which is on High Street, Hull. The visitor centre is beside the Hull and East Riding Museum in the Museums Quarter.

Arctic Corsair
Rear of Streetlife Museum
High Street

Telephone - 01482 300 300

Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The Arctic Corsair will be open from Easter 2018 to 4 November 2018

Opening times are subject to volunteer availability

Last tour - 3pm Wednesday and Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday

Tour duration - between 1 and 1.5 hours

Tours are also available on Easter Monday, May Day bank holiday, spring bank holiday and summer bank holiday.

The bridge of the Arctic CorsairThe chart room of the Arctic Corsair

Public transport

Hull bus and train station (Paragon Interchange) is a 15 to 20 minute walk away. The nearest bus stop is Myton Bridge on Alfred Gelder Street.


On street pay and display parking is available just outside the Museums Quarter entrance. Alternatively short stay pay and display parking is available at Lowgate car park on Wilberforce Drive, just a five minute walk away.

Limited blue badge parking is available on the Museums Quarter site by prior arrangement. Please telephone 01482 616 428 for information. Two on street blue badge parking bays are available on Ghandi Way (formerly George Yard) approximately 70m from our entrance and additional spaces on Alfred Gelder Street (opposite the White Hart pub).

Cycle parking is available outside the Streetlife Museum in the Museums Quarter.

Facilities and access on the Arctic Corsair

In order to preserve the Arctic Corsair in its original form, accessibility on the ship is limited.

Onboard, between deck levels there are several very steep, almost ladder like, stairways which visitors must be able to go down backwards. In addition there are low ceilings, narrow deck corridors and a number of watertight doors with a high threshold to step over.

Unfortunately this means the Arctic Corsair is not wheelchair accessible, though the deck of the ship can be viewed from the river side.

The tour is also considered not suitable for unaccompanied children under 16, children under six or people with impairments who feel they will be unable to cope with the physical difficulties of the ship.

For your own safety, please wear sensible shoes while you are onboard.

There are no toilet facilities available onboard. The nearest toilet facilities (wheelchair accessible) are located in the Hull and East Riding Museum.