Watchet Boat Museum

Explore the maritime world of flatners, knots, maps, and a curious contraption known as a ‘nossler’.

In the museum can be seen many different types of flatner craft, plus nets and other items associated with their use. There are displays of maps, knotwork and boards showing the various uses of the withy. Try our ships telegraph and plot a course using the charts.

There are activities specially designed for children such as the block and tackle where even the smallest child can lift much more than expected! Make your own skipping rope (special days only or by appointment) and view our ever-growing model boat collection.

Don’t Miss!

The mud horse, a device that looks a cross between a giant ski and an upturned table. It was used to help fishermen cross the dangerous mud flats to reach their nets.


Harbour Road
TA23 0AQ


01984 632101



Entry is free, but donations are welcome

Opening Times

Open 6 days per week 10.00am- 4.30pm Daily (Closed Tuesday)
Open 7 days during school holidays

Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday 10.00am-3.00pm


  • Guidebooks
  • Shop
  • Disabled parking
  • Handrails
  • Level access/ramps
  • Limited disabled access


The Museum offers visits for schools and adult groups by prior arrangement. The site is particularly suitable for primary school ages. There are items for the children to ‘play’ with, such as lifting heavy weights using blocks and tackle and knot tying display. Please contact the Museum for more information.


The Museum can assist researchers with enquiries about the collection and local maritime history and have worked closely in the past with university students. There is a reference library that is available to view by appointment but is not located on site. Please contact the Museum for more information.


  • Maritime
  • Social history
  • Transport

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Contemporary
  • Edwardian
  • Victorian