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The Grove Museum of Victorian Life

Externally, the Grove is an unpreposessing, stoic grey lump of a house, built in the traditional Manx style known as "make sure it doesn't fall down".

Inside, it's something of a time capsule. Essentially unchanged since the 1900s, it houses an amazing collection of Victoriana, all in place exactly as it was when the house was still a family home.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and farm outbuildings full of agricultural ephemera, it's a great place to while away a few hours. Chatty and knowledgeable staff will guide your way and tell stories of the Gibbs (no relation to those other famous Manxies), a merchant family from Liverpool, whose home this was for many years.

The small conservatory café serves tea, coffee and sandwiches, but it's the clotted cream scones which are the stars of the show here. They're pretty much worth the trip on their own.

Photo courtesy of Matt Kelly

 

Access

Unfortunately, although there is plentiful parking and on-site toilets, the Grove and its grounds are, by their nature, unsuited to wheelchair access.

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Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 9.30am to 4pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 4pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 4pm
Thursday 9.30am to 4pm
Friday 9.30am to 4pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4pm
Sunday 9.30am to 4pm

The above hours apply 1st Apr to 29th May 2020, and 7th Sep to 1st Nov 2020. Between 30th May and 6th Sep, the site closes at 5pm
There is an entrance charge.