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Grove Museum – Thie Tashtee ‘Yn Chell’

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The Island’s most authentic Victorian house and gardens. Generations of the Gibbs family made the Grove near Ramsey their summer retreat, farm, and home. The house and its Victorian and Edwardian collectibles, secluded walled garden, Loaghtan sheep, and horse-drawn threshing mill offer a rare chance to step into life as it was for three-generations of the same family and their servants. The Gibbs were keen beekeepers and the straw ‘skeps’ used to house the bees are still on display.

Grove Museum – Thie Tashtee ‘Yn Chell’

Opening Times

Open Saturday – Wednesday from 28th March – 3rd November 2024

12pm – 4pm

Closed Thursday – Friday

Last entry 3.30pm

Admission

Adults £9

Children FREE (children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult)

Students over 18 with a valid Student Card £4.50

 

Your admission

  • Some special events may incur an additional admission charge.
  • Student discount is available on production of a valid student card.
  • Group discounts are available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors booked 7 days in advance. Find out more.
  • Holiday and Annual Passes – admission is only permitted on production of a valid card. Cards are valid for the named person and are not transferable. ID may also be requested.  Free access is for 14 days from the first day of use on a Holiday Pass and 1 Year from first date of use on an Annual Pass for Isle of Man residents.
  • Free admission is available to children under 18 years of age, persons accompanying a disabled visitor, Go Explore Heritage and Go Platinum Reserve Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport and Members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage and organisations holding an agreement with Manx National Heritage. Entry available to the named member only on presentation of a valid membership card. Restrictions may apply.  For details on our reciprocal arrangements, please consult your membership handbook.

About

The Grove is the home of the Gibb family. In 1838, Duncan Gibb, a successful shipping merchant from Liverpool, visited the Isle of Man and bought Poplar Grove, a small cottage set in secluded grounds nearby the bustling town of Ramsey, as a summer retreat for his family. Duncan changed the small cottage into a country house surrounded by beautiful gardens and extensive farmland. He retired from shipping in 1862 and lived as a gentleman farmer at the Grove until his death five years later.

In 1887 granddaughters Alice and Janet, moved from Port Erin to the Grove to live with Duncan’s widow and their two aunts. Taught by a governess and waited on by servants, the sisters lived for nearly a century at the Grove in a house virtually unchanged since its Victorian heyday.  In 1976 the Grove its contents, gardens, and land was bought by Manx National Heritage.

Things to do and see

  • Walk up the gravel drive, through the wide front door, along the wooden hallway and into the formal rooms crammed full of Victorian collectibles, portraits and furnishings including the Broadwood grand piano the family would gather round, and the writing desk where Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb would catch up on correspondence.
  • Despite running water not reaching the house until the 1920s and electricity until after the Second World War, the family had an ingenious Victorian shower, now in the carriage shed.
  • Lean over the sink in the scullery and listen for the sound of servants’ bells still hanging in the kitchen.
  • The threshing barn and its horse-drawn threshing mill reveals another aspect of the Grove as a working farm.
  • The farm was home to many animals, and there is still the duck pond and a flock of Loaghtan sheep in the fields next to the house.
  • Gardening was always dear to the life of the Grove and the Gibb family. Sisters Alice and Janet worked alongside the gardener to produce their own fruit and vegetables, mow the croquet lawn and fill the borders with flowers.
  • The gardens change season-on-season with walks along the paths and space to sit in the secluded walled garden providing distant views of the surrounding countryside and the hill North Barrule.
  • Take something of The Grove back home and buy Grove bee honey at our onsite shop. 100% of profits from your purchase supports our charity’s work, conserving, protecting and promoting the culture and heritage of the Isle of Man.

Location

Address: Andreas Road, Ramsey, IM8 3UA

Phone: +44 1624 812686

What Three Words: doves.conjures.elevator

Transport: Buses 18K. Manx Electric Railway Ramsey Stop

Essential Info

Drone Policy: The flying of drones is not permitted from or over the Grove Museum.

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