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The National Folk Museum at Cregneash

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Address: Cregneash Road, Cregneash IM9 5PX
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+44 1624 648000

Set in beautiful countryside in the south of the Isle of Man you’ll find a...

Set in beautiful countryside in the south of the Isle of Man you’ll find a number of thatched Manx cottages at Cregneash which are open for you to explore and enjoy.Visit Harry Kelly’s cottage where there’ll be Bonnag cooking on the fire, speak to the village’s joiner and blacksmith, explore Church Farm or take time out to enjoy a service at St Peter’s Church. You’ll often see the fields being worked with horse-drawn equipment, craftsmen thatching the roofs, spinning, weaving and wood turning and have a chance to learn about the growing and preparation of Manx food.In the fields surrounding Cregneash you’ll spot plough horses, shorthorn cows and Manx Loaghtan sheep, whilst Manx cats (famous for having no tails!)can also be seen in the village.A picture postcard village, with beautiful walks available in the surrounding countryside including to the Sound, Meayll Circle (a megalithic chambered tomb) and to the rock formations at the Chasms.

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Interesting museum showing rural life

Enjoyed a brief visit here- it was cold and rainy! I particularly enjoyed Harry Kelly's cottage showing what life was like in a traditional Manx house. The guide, Geoff was very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 April 2016
Jacqueline M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a brief visit here- it was cold and rainy! I particularly enjoyed Harry Kelly's cottage showing what life was like in a traditional Manx house. The guide, Geoff was very informative and obviously relished sharing his knowledge about the house and its occupant! I had a quick look round a few other buildings and saw my first Manx cat.... More 

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

Drove past after visiting Meayll Hill Stone Circle and enroute to the Sound. Took a short detour. Nothing was open. No matter, just walking past the low, lime washed, thatched cottages puts you in mind of a bygone age of simpler harder lives. It's well worth a visit. You can go into some of the cottages, there's a cafe. The... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

Beautiful place, we visited the end of September and it was so interesting. Loved how much people knew about life in the village in yesteryear.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

Came here in September 2014 my 3year old daughter at the time loved that there were chickens loose, interesting to go look around we didn't get chance to go inside we looked around outside. Do recommend visiting

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Harlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

There is a short walk from the car park to this collection of interesting fomer crofters cottages. Again our National Trust membership enabled us to gain free entry to this Heritage site (our English Heritage membership would have done likewise). We enjoyed the introductory video and were impressed with the lady demonstrating how to do the simple Manx patchwork. Unfortunately,... More 

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

Visited Cregneash on a Monday afternoon and it must have been early closing that day. There was no activity in the Blacksmiths or Joinery workshops, no one spinning and certainly no one dressed in costume. With the exception of the farmer with the horse and cart and the chap to tell us about Harry Kelly the place seemed deserted. In... More 

Thank Marie M
ManxNationalHeritage, Public Relations Manager at The National Folk Museum at Cregneash, responded to this review

Hi I'm really sorry that you were disappointed with your experience at Cregneash. You were unfortunate to visit us on a day where high winds prevented us from opening one of the village's main attractions - Church Farm. While we put the 'character' into another cottage we understand that in these circumstances it does detract from the overall experience. We... More 

Woodley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2015

To me it was immediately apparent where this was. We took a bus ride from The Sound and where dropped on a road overlooking some cottages. We saw some people walking around so took a chance and followed them along a lane. That is when you see signage! Starting in the shop, this is where you purchase your armband to... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

On holiday in the wonderful Isle of Man for a week. Took a second trip to this lovely place (we’d been here two years ago while on our very first trip to Europe/UK). The scones with jam and wonderful clotted cream were just as lovely as I remembered them. A lovely latte to go with them, nirvana. Very good service... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

This is a charming village giving an insight as to how the crofters on the isle lived. The whitewashed cottages stood out in the surrounding green hills, their thatched roofs roped down to protect against the elements. It was fascinating to view inside the cottages and see the living conditions. The Manx sheep with their four horns looked fairly fearsome... More 

Thank Angela S
Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

This was on of the highlights of our stay as the had a world war two weekend complete with Dads Army and escaped German prisoners who were recaptured and all the kids could shout at them and hiss and boo. The museum is an intersting look at Manx life over the years and is worth a visit (28 bus)

Thank Mike H

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