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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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A little gem

We first visited here 10 years ago and loved it then and it's even better now. Very friendly and informative staff and brilliant views. Harry Kelly's cottage is lovely... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Worcester UK
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Worcester UK
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Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

We first visited here 10 years ago and loved it then and it's even better now. Very friendly and informative staff and brilliant views. Harry Kelly's cottage is lovely. We even met a friendly Manx cat. We ate at the tea rooms and enjoyed Manx broth and scones cream and jam

Thank nessief
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Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit to see how the previous generations lived. As beautiful as the place and the surroundings are, on this occasion it was the staff that made our visit so enjoyable. They took the time to tell the story, show us how things were done and made sure that we got the most out of our visit (we might... More 

Thank Mark L
Bridlington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

This is a small village with each building set up as an exhibit. Some are furnished and set in different periods.Some have working exhibits and people playing characters from those periods. Other buildings hold information. We had a warm fine day and would not recommend this in the wet.

Thank Brian440
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

This is a sweet place for history lovers. Great film about the place is a must before you walk round. Amazing to see how they lived back in the day

Thank Gins412
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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 

Thank Jacqueline M
Douglas, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 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 

Thank John W
Bath, United Kingdom
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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.

Thank beryl186370
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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

Thank Roxynocera
Harlow, United Kingdom
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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 

Thank UKTerry
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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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 

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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 

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