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“A little gem”

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cregneash
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A little gem”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We came upon this preserved crofting community almost by chance en route back from Niarbyl. It is so very well done and had very knowledgeable and helpful staff "working" in some of the cottages, dressed in attire from the time period and performing tasks also from the period. A "must" if you're anywhere nearby.

Visited June 2014
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Douglas, United Kingdom
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“Top Afternoon Tea”
Reviewed 6 June 2014 via mobile

We opted to visit Cregneash for a bite to eat and decided on the afternoon tea. The staff were very friendly and the setting made you feel at home. Afternoon tea arrived fabulous sandwiches, pot of tea and scone, fresh cream and jam, couldn't manage the cake which the staff wrapped up for us to take away. Well done Ladies hope to see you again soon :)

Visited June 2014
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Telford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Back in time”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

what a great place not like any other museum these buildings are still were they were first built and not moved brick by brick to another site the people are helpful in explaining all about the place just like going back in time the old farm still has lots of old tractors the farmer was even turning the cut grass in the field by hand opens your eyes to see how we used to live, then up on the hill is a sign of modern life what looks like a UFO from a distance is a signal beacon for aircraft passing over the island great place

Visited May 2014
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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“a step back in time”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Interesting and thought provoking, staff in costumes keen to chat and pass on info.BUT you need good weather to do the place justice and you need to be dressed for walking. I would like to go back when the weather is kinder.Also not sure how interesting younger children would find it.

Visited May 2014
Thank sue j
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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“Museums as they should be”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Lying right at the bottom end of the island, en route to the Calf of Man, the living heritage museum at Cregneash is deservedly popular. A small group of thatched cottages, typical of the island and the period, are the focal point of a short tour which also features a number of people dressed in traditional clothes, to tell you about the place and answer questions. You have to pay to get to the meat of the location, but nothing stops you wandering around and taking pictures.

There is a large parking area above the village; well signed. Park here and walk down to the village, it's only five minutes.

A nearby cafe serves a superb range of home-made cakes, including the scrumptious bronag, fruit loaf like you've never tasted.

Many of the buildings here featured in that lovable film 'Waking Ned'...if you haven't seen it, do so, right now, it's hilarious.

Visit Cregneash if you want to learn what life was like on Mann centuries ago. Visit it anyway.

Visited April 2014
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