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Watchet Boat Museum

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Address: Harbour Road, Watchet, Exmoor National Park TA23 0AQ, England
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Fascinating - and free - what more could you want!

This is a fascinating place - loads of photos and you get a real feel for the local way of life going back over 100yrs. It's not just about boats, it covers other trades such as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Wendy P
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Wickham Market
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A good idea, a few boats in a boat shed. Some activities for children, including signal flags to make a message. Staff not very welcoming

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This museum really gives you an insight into what trades used to happen in the area - apart from fishing for salmon, eel and prawns, there was peat harvesting in the Somerset Levels. It's all very well done with a boat that children can climb into and dress up in. And entrance is free.

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Thank Renate P
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is a fascinating place - loads of photos and you get a real feel for the local way of life going back over 100yrs. It's not just about boats, it covers other trades such as peat-cutting by which people made their living. There are a few hands-on things for children to try but probably more aimed at adults and... More 

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Thank Wendy P
Hereford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Very interesting little museum. Love the simplicity of the building. Nice bit of local history. Expansion to the harbourside would be good with larger vessels/restaurants.

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Thank John C
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This small museum is next to Watchet station and is located in the former railway goods shed, it has recently (2016) been reopened after refurbishment. Inside are a number of small boats, mostly locally built flatners. The flatners were used in the area for transporting goods including withies and turves of peat along the rhynes (drainage ditches) of Somerset. There... More 

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Thank k r
Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This was a really nice .museum very quaint it has now been modernised and visitor centre added which has totally ruined the character was much better before awful new build attached

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Thank Davina G
Winscombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you get off the train this is right next door and worth a visit. Several boats built locally and a flavour of the Watchet marine history. Good for kids but only for a short visit!

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Only small, but packed with lots of interesting items, many discovered locally. Lots of information about the history of the area. Not for everybody but well worth a look if you are interested in history or archaeology.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

It concentrates on small coastal river activities and the small boates used around the beaches and inland rivers of the levels. Well set out. Plenty for kids. Free. Ground floor (which is most) fine for wheelchairs. Staff friendly

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Ok so there seems more said to entice you to visit Watchet Harbour rather then what actually is there, but this little museum is very informative about the history of the place , kids got to ring the old bell and the men there were very willing to talk about the town and the history they knew , it isn't... More 

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