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Watchet Boat Museum

Watchet, Somerset and Bristol, England

  • Kids dressed as pirates on boat at Watchet Boat Museum in Somerset
  • Exhibition Room in Watchet Boat Museum in Somerset

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor

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


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Parking Available Nearby Parking Available Nearby
  • Pushchair Friendly Pushchair Friendly

Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Watchet Boat Museum's website
01984 632101

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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


Free admission
Donations welcome

Last Entry

30 minutes before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Dogs are welcome


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

Parking facilities

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

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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