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The National Folk Museum at Cregneash
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Waking Ned Devine fan gets to see village from the movie

Unfortunately I had to travel after tourist season so the Museum was not operating. My main reason... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2018
The Woodlands, Texas
historic village

Cregneash shows the manx way of life in a relaxed informal way ,well worth a visit although you... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
David W
Isle of Portland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

A lot explore and people in costume explain the origins, operation of the buildings in detail. The buildings are dotted among houses currently lived in and labelled as private dwellings, although the church is open for visits. There wonderful views across the Cal of Man and look out for the Victorian pillar box near the church (set in the wall)

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Not the easiest to find in the car. It is accessible to walkers and by bus. Not a large attraction but staffed by passionate and knowledgeable people prepared to share stories and practical skills. There is a small gift shop and a tea room producing the most glorious food.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kay C
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Cregneash is a small village of traditional Manx cottages with thatched roofs. At the southern tip of the island it was very isolated and the last place where Manx was spoken. When Harry Kelly died in the 1950s his cottage was recognised as unique and turned into a folk museum by Manx heritage. It is like stepping back 1950 years with its open peat fire, basic furniture, loft for storage and cut down four poster bed.

Over the years Manx Heritage have gradually acquired other properties in the village and there is now a 1900s farm, small ruined farm complete with very basic cow shed with a ‘machine’ to teach the children how to milk. There is a blacksmith and weavers (although that was shut for restoration when we visited. Ned Beg’s cottage has information boards about the Manx language with recordings of Harry Kelly speaking. In another cottage there are dressing up clothes for the children.

There is a small shop as well as cafe (good cakes). Some of the cottages are still privately owned and visitors are asked to respect this. The small church is always open and services are still held here.

Staff are excellent and there is a costumed interpreter in Harry Kelly’s cottage and the 1900s farm. Allow plenty of time to sit and listen to them and all the stories. Ask plenty of questions as the information just flows.

This is an excellent place to visit and shows Manx heritage off at its best. Visit on a dry day as there is little shelter and it can be windy!

It also makes a good base for walking - to the chasms and then Port St Mary or the Sound. Alternatively walk up Mull hill to find Meall Stone Circle and then drop down to Port Erin.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank EESW1
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Whilst on a four day coach trip visited this charming village. Started with a film show guides are local saw some Manx cats. Well worth a visit. There is a tea room and gift shop

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lesandrog
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

The National Folk Museum is well worth a visit if you are doing the rounds of all the Manx Heritage sites like we were. I visited with two kids aged 9 and 11.

We really didn't pick a good day for it though. There was a strong South-Westerly wind, coupled with persistent rain and the two didn't really mix well with my sad excuse for an umbrella and lack of private transport. We waited in a monsoon for the number 28 bus to turn up, for what felt like forever. I have never been so glad to see a vehicle in my life. I felt and looked like I'd been through a car wash by then.

The 'museum' is a collection of old stone cottages and other buildings preserved in their original state. All whitewashed walls, thatched roofs, low ceilings and tiny smoky rooms. Very picturesque from the outside, but you leave thanking your lucky stars that you don't have to live like that these days. It must have been a godawful place to be in wintertime, with the wind cutting through you and sideways rain chilling you to the bone. And only a fish supper to look forward to when you got back home from fishing to your wife and seven kids.The horror...

There is no logical route around the site and no clear initial entry point. You just kind of wander about aimlessly, poking your head in various doors, until someone who works there nabs you and directs you to the shop where you are meant to pay. It's all a bit confusing really.

Everyone is dressed in period costume and all the staff are very informative about the lives and times of the people who inhabited these buildings. There is a resident Manx cat and real fires in some of the rooms. They are furnished in the minimal style of the day, when being poor really meant being poor.

There is a small gift shop and adjacent room where you can sit and watch a short film about the villagers. The café next door was shut, which wasn't surprising considering the awful weather, but is otherwise a good place to stop and wait for the bus to come back from Port St Mary or The Sound and rescue you from a slow but certain death due to hypothermia and exposure.There is a public car park just up the road too, if you are sensible enough to bring your own tansport.

Not recommended for wheelchair users or those who are unsteady on their feet and/or can't walk very far. These places weren't built with accessibility in mind. Saying that, there ARE toilets on site and one of them is a disabled toilet, so if you are a Super Super Para or the like, with Skills and off road tyres - go for it.

Date of experience: July 2018
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