Grove Museum of Victorian Life

Grove Museum of Victorian Life

Grove Museum of Victorian Life
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The Grove Museum of Victorian Life was developed in the mid 19th century by the Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb as a summer retreat for himself and his family. Later, the Victorian villa became the family's permanent residence and family home and a visit to the Grove is like stepping back in time. You'll find a series of period rooms, containing mostly original furnishings and fittings, a costume room, and displays of the possessions of three generations. There's also the opportunity to view the outbuildings, which would have served the substantial adjoining farmland, with agricultural equipment including a restored horse-powered threshing mill on display. Step out into the gardens and you'll be able to see the bees making honey or have a game of croquet on the lawn. Sit and relax in the Conservatory or enjoy a picnic in the Grove's gardens. There is also a museum shop on site. Admission £5.50.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Tris1976
Birmingham, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The Grove Museum is a wonderful example of a Victorian mansion.

It tells the story of the rich merchant from Liverpool who built the house as a holiday retreat and it was later lived in by the Gibb family, most notably sisters Alice and Janet who resided there until the 1970s.

As well as the rooms being ornately decorated as they were at the time, the guide also gave a great description of how the Gibbs would have lived and some of the things that happened in the family's history.

There are some great examples of machines they would have used, a Victorian shower and fashion of the time.

And there are a host of Victorian games to see and - in some cases - play. Me and my daughter loved playing the 'Victorian pinball machine' and spent around 20 minutes on that alone.

The gardens are also impressive and there is a chance to play croquet.

Allow an hour-and-a-half at least for this attraction.

If you are staying on the island for a few days, it is worth getting the heritage holiday pass which is £30 per adult for ten sites (children go free). You then have 14 days to visit the different attractions, which include Peel Castle, Cragneash, the Laxey Wheel, Rushen Abbey, The House of Manannan and Castle Rushen.

Written 21 August 2023
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Stan C
Wakefield, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Very interesting museum with very helpful staff.Not large but a time capsule. Plenty of parking but closes at 3pm
Written 18 May 2023
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James K
Preston, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
One of many brilliant museums in the Manx heritage collection. It's small but quaint, and the history is incredibly interesting. It's like a little time capsule from the past.
The intro guide was training and was excellent, really enthusiastic and friendly.

They have some great honey from the house in the shop that I highly recommend.

Looking forward to returning.
Written 11 September 2022
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Mark Reed
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited whilst on holiday, based in Douglas, after catching the electric train to Ramsey. We walked from the station and it took about half an hour along a fairly busy road out of the centre. We arrived just as it opened. The lady at the entrance and in the house itself were both very nice and welcoming and obviously keen to share their knowledge of the house and of the family who lived there.
We really enjoyed our walk around the house and the gardens and the guide was always on hand to explain things. Her enthusiasm was infectious.
The thing we enjoyed most was how authentic the house was. It was literally a snapshot in time of the lives of the two sisters who lived there.
Written 10 September 2022
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jaffajohn2017
Liverpool, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A time capsule of a wealthy merchant's Victorian home as subsequently maintained largely by his two spinster daughters who lived there for their entire lives. I'm old enough to easily recognise many of the contents and artifacts and marvel at the condition in which they have been maintained for display. Very helpful and attentive staff who thoroughly love their roles. Don't reckon on spending much more than an hour here unless you are studying for a degree in Victoriana, but if you are so inclined to this type of Museum, this one is thoroughly worth a visit.
Written 4 November 2021
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
An invaluable look at a complete Victorian family home. Se| the claustrophobic coffin shaped shower. An audio presentation gives an insight in tothe family who left their home to the Manx people. The friendly guides are helpful.
Written 27 September 2021
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vala4384
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Spent a couple of hours visiting this interesting house.
Knowledgeable guide who answered our questions.
Interesting to hear the voice of one of the last remaining people to live there with her recollections of her life.
Written 1 September 2021
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PaulMANX
Isle of Man, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Great little period house and the guide was very informative, We both found it very interesting and well worth a visit
Written 12 May 2021
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brodybunch1117
Isle of Man, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
visited grove museum for their Victorian Christmas event ,very informative,house wonderfully decorated in period decor ,lots of events laid on for the children ,including a victorian santa ,all dressed in green .definitely worth a visit whatever time of the year .
Written 3 January 2020
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Paul M
Wigan, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Spent half a day wandering around the house and gardens. Geoff the guide in the house was very helpful and made the stories and information that he was relaying come across in an interesting way. His knowledge and passion for the house and it’s history was plain to see - would definitely recommend.
Written 11 October 2019
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