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Watchet Boat Museum

  • Watchet
  • Indoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Take to the seven seas and celebrate the history of local flatner boats at the Watchet Boat Museum. With a yo ho ho and a bottle of (non-alcoholic) rum, it’s a great way to explore life on the sea.

This museum has the largest collection of flatner boats in the world (!) as well as plenty to keep your pint-sized pirates busy. They can dress up and hop aboard a playboat or show of their inner artist at the colouring-in station; there’s no need to stay inside the lines here! Then they can go fossil-finding in a sand pit to prove their bonafide explorer credentials.

The museum treasures flatner boats and their distinctive design - local fisherman used to go out in them when the tide was low to see what they could get their hands on. Also, fun fact: the building that houses the museum was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and began life as a goods shed in 1862.

  • Enormous collection of flatner boats
  • Dress up in the play boat
  • Fossil finding
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Opening hours

March - October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

November - February
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 12:30
Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes


Free admission
Donations welcome

Travel & Contact Information


Harbour Road, Watchet, Somerset and Bristol, TA23 0AQ, England

Phone number

01984 632101



Click here to visit Watchet Boat Museum's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Pay and Display parking next door to Boat Museum and Visitor Centre.

No, there are no toilets available.

Male, Female and Disabled public toilet facilities are available across the road.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Watchet Boat Museum has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Watchet Boat Museum has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Watchet Boat Museum is wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Watchet Boat Museum have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome

Additional Info

Public Transport

Bus service 28 from Minehead to Taunton stops outside the Boat Museum and Visitor Centre. West Somerset Railway which operates between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard has a stop opposite the Boat Museum and Visitor Centre.

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