The National Folk Museum at Cregneash

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash
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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. Currently open for tours and events only.
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  • kim B
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom265 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History at it's best.
    What a lovely place to visit, the staff were friendly and happy to answer questions as we walked round and checked out the cottages, furnished as they would originally have been, very authentic settings. We were lucky enough to come across both the Manx cats that were on site they were happy to be stroked and fussed. Good cake at the cafe. A few minutes walk from the village is the Meayll stone circle, not quite Stone Henge, but worth a look if you like your history.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 30, 2023
  • nessief
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Repeat visit
    We visit Cregneash every time we visit the Isle of Man and enjoy it every time. So peaceful. The man in Harry Kellt's cottage was fascinating. We were also given a warm welcome in reception. The tea rooms were ok but the scones weren't that good tbh
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 11, 2023
  • EzzyP
    Dorset, United Kingdom104 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great step back in time shame so much not open :(
    Lovely listening to how people lived and n days gone by. Brought to life by guides. Learned a lot about village life last century and how hard it was. The strapping down if the thatched rooves was interesting. Playing a melodica for the first time was cool. Seeing Manx cats was lovely. Seeing the Manx loaghtan sheep close up as well as the shire horses was nice. A quick rub n cuddle always great! Seeing hay Ricks done the old way too was nice for a visiting farmer. The church was very peaceful. Another great use of our national trust membership.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Mike
    Glossop, United Kingdom1,144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Traditional Manx Village
    Nicely restored buildings give a flavour of traditional Manx life. Cafe is also excellent. A number of building were closed but still a really good experience and nice views over the Calf of Man too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
  • John A
    274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    We nearly missed this place due to lack of signage, but I'm so pleased we found it. And it was free, as we are National Trust members! The staff were informative and helpful and there's lots to see if you're interested in social history. We didn't use the cafe but it looked nice. We did see a Manx cat and some Manx goats and the chap in Mr Kelly's cottage did speak some Manx for us. Lots of parking just out of the village and a short walk back. Excellent.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Hazel D
    Pickering, United Kingdom2,117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Olden Days
    We visited on a very wet windy day so had to dash from one building to another. Staff helpful. Loved the church the people were so poor but still gave to build a church. Would have loved to stay longer but hopefully the weather will be kinder on our next visit. Worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Janet H
    Worcester, United Kingdom583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit when on IOM
    If you do nothing else when visiting Isle of Man do go here. It is completely amazing, So well preserved and the guides give you a wealth of information about the village and its past inhabitants. The short introductory film is well worth watching. While we didnt see the Manx cat while we were there we thoroughly enjoyed strolling round and hearing about the history. The little church is a delight too. We visited the tea rooms and had excellent scones with jam and cream. Can be highly recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2024
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krigby3
Liverpool, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Had a lovely time, wondering around the village and taking us back in time to how it would have been for the Manx people living on the island then. Lovely staff who are helpful and polite and well informed. Would like to say a special thanks to a gentleman (sorry forgot name) who was in Harry's cottages and told us lots of interesting facts about the cottage and how they lived back then, he really knew his stuff. He did an excellent job and was well informed and really made our visit to Cregneash special. Thank you and we wish you well.
Written April 8, 2022
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Hazel D
Pickering, UK2,117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We visited on a very wet windy day so had to dash from one building to another. Staff helpful. Loved the church the people were so poor but still gave to build a church. Would have loved to stay longer but hopefully the weather will be kinder on our next visit. Worth a visit.
Written October 9, 2023
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Mike
Glossop, UK1,144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Nicely restored buildings give a flavour of traditional Manx life. Cafe is also excellent. A number of building were closed but still a really good experience and nice views over the Calf of Man too.
Written September 25, 2023
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Caroline H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
We had a fabulous day there, very informative. It was a wet and blustery day and we were the only visitors. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, and were dressed in costume. There was a blazing fire in the hearth and so much fascinating detail of the lives of past villagers. The shop was full of lovely gifts and the tearoom welcoming with delicious cakes.
Written October 24, 2022
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Robert
Jersey, UK47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
After getting the train from Douglas and arriving at Port Erin on a very misty / foggy day I made my way to Cregneash. Unfortunately the weather did not improve and there was not very much to see due to the poor fog.
I am pleased to say that they were able to accept the Jersey heritage membership, due to them being closed last year the new manx cat they have is still a little timmed so unfortunately I did not get to see a manx cat.
Written August 22, 2021
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BRYAN A
Stockport, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Spent an enjoyable couple of hours here .we visited the crofters cottages and learnt the history of the characters that lived there from the guides in each cottage . The guides are all in period costumes and very informative. Searched for the elusive manx cat but unfortunately didn't spot one . And then to end the experience we had a lovely scone and tea at the tea room .
Written July 27, 2022
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Jannyo
Wirral, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited Cregneash on 19.5.23 and were made welcome by the lady at the ticket office, the lady in Harry’s cottage and the lady in the farm. We had lovely conversations with all three and found them very knowledgeable about the days gone by at Cregneash and also current times on the Isle of Man. We had a lovely cream scone and tea at the tea shop which was delicious. Definitely a nice place to spend a few hours. Only downside was… we didn’t see a Manx cat! Maybe next time🤞
Written May 20, 2023
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nessief
Worcester, UK1,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We visit Cregneash every time we visit the Isle of Man and enjoy it every time. So peaceful. The man in Harry Kellt's cottage was fascinating. We were also given a warm welcome in reception. The tea rooms were ok but the scones weren't that good tbh
Written August 11, 2023
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EzzyP
Dorset, UK104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Lovely listening to how people lived and n days gone by. Brought to life by guides. Learned a lot about village life last century and how hard it was. The strapping down if the thatched rooves was interesting. Playing a melodica for the first time was cool. Seeing Manx cats was lovely. Seeing the Manx loaghtan sheep close up as well as the shire horses was nice. A quick rub n cuddle always great! Seeing hay Ricks done the old way too was nice for a visiting farmer. The church was very peaceful. Another great use of our national trust membership.
Written September 13, 2023
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kim B
Burton upon Trent, UK265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
What a lovely place to visit, the staff were friendly and happy to answer questions as we walked round and checked out the cottages, furnished as they would originally have been, very authentic settings. We were lucky enough to come across both the Manx cats that were on site they were happy to be stroked and fussed. Good cake at the cafe. A few minutes walk from the village is the Meayll stone circle, not quite Stone Henge, but worth a look if you like your history.
Written July 30, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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