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Steam Train (Douglas)
#1 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Other
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Gaiety Theatre (Douglas)
#2 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Theaters
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#3 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Museums
Owner description: Mythical sea god Manannan guides you through this interactive museum which focuses on the Isle of Man's rich Celtic, Viking... more » Owner description: Mythical sea god Manannan guides you through this interactive museum which focuses on the Isle of Man's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. Discover life sized reconstructions of Celtic roundhouses, join the crew of the Odin’s Raven on a Viking longship as it returns from the battle of Clontarf, or find out what life was life in a Viking longhouse. You’ll also hear about the magnificent stone crosses dotted around the Island’s landscape and find out where you can still see them. Explore 19th Century Peel with a walk around the quayside, complete with traditional sights and smells from the Manx kipper yard, and uncover the importance of the sea to the lives of the people on the Isle of Man. During your journey from past to present you’ll also come face to face with characters telling you stories and superstitions from the Island’s past. An attraction not to be missed! « less
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#4 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Scenic Railroads; Public Transportation Systems
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Castle Rushen (Castletown)
#5 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Castles
Owner description: Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles and can be found in the Isle of Man's former... more » Owner description: Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles and can be found in the Isle of Man's former capital, Castletown. Once a royal palace, Castle Rushen was home to the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, last Norse King of Mann. Later on, Castle Rushen served as an administrative centre, a mint, a law court and for over 100 years until the late 19th Century, as a prison. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings and wall hangings, realistic food, contemporary music and medieval speech brining the Castle’s medieval and 17th Century periods to life. Also nearby in Castletown, you can also enjoy the Old House of Keys, the Nautical Museum and The Old Grammar School, whilst only a short drive away, the ancient ruins of Rushen Abbey can also be enjoyed. « less
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Manx Museum (Douglas)
#6 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Museums
Owner description: From Viking treasure finds, natural wonders of the world, the famous TT Races and wartime internment – you’ll find something... more » Owner description: From Viking treasure finds, natural wonders of the world, the famous TT Races and wartime internment – you’ll find something to appeal to everyone at the Manx Museum.The museum has plenty of interactive displays, films and a wide range of exhibits which will help you uncover the Isle of Man’s history and heritage.Make a beeline for the Manx Museum early on in your visit as it’s a great starting point if you are looking to explore the Island’s heritage attractions. The National Art Gallery in the museum contains work from a number of famous artists including Archibald Knox, William Hoggat and John Miller Nicholson and there’s also a national library and well stocked archives for those visitors keen to explore the Island’s history further.There is also tearoom and gift shop located within the museum. « less
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#7 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Trams
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Peel Castle (Peel)
#8 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Castles
Owner description: Situated on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot – an... more » Owner description: Situated on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot – an 11th century Viking King of Mann.The castle’s curtain wall encircles the ruins of many buildings which are a testimony to the site’s religious and secular importance in the Isle of Man's history.Visit St Patrick’s Church and the Round Tower which date back to the 10th and 11th centuries and step underground into the atmospheric crypt of the 13th century Cathedral of St German.You’ll have the opportunity to stroll the castle’s extensive grounds and climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views of Peel and beyond as well as entering the 16th century Great Garrison Hall.And look out for the Moddey Dhoo – a ghostly apparition of a black dog which is said to haunt the castle!Peel Castle remained a royal residence and centre of government for more than 200 years until power moved south to the Medieval fortress of Castle Rushen. « less
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Laxey Wheel (Laxey)
#9 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Historic Sites
Owner description: Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was... more » Owner description: Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex.Standing at over 72 feet high the wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella, has been one of the Isle of Man’s most popular tourist attractions for well over 150 years.You’ll have the opportunity to watch the wheel turning before attempting to climb to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Glen Mooar Valley. Once back on solid ground you can walk through the valley to find the Great Laxey Mines – learn about the lives of the miners, walk into the mine audit and take a trip on the Great Laxey Mines Railway which was once used to carry lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine. « less
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Snaefell (Laxey)
#10 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Mountains
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#11 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Historic Sites; Museums; Educational Sites
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#12 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Scenic Railroads
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#13 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Museums
Owner description: Set in beautiful countryside in the south of the Isle of Man you’ll find a number of thatched Manx cottages at Cregneash... more » Owner description: Set in beautiful countryside in the south of the Isle of Man you’ll find a number of thatched Manx cottages at Cregneash which are open for you to explore and enjoy.Visit Harry Kelly’s cottage where there’ll be Bonnag cooking on the fire, speak to the village’s joiner and blacksmith, explore Church Farm or take time out to enjoy a service at St Peter’s Church. You’ll often see the fields being worked with horse-drawn equipment, craftsmen thatching the roofs, spinning, weaving and wood turning and have a chance to learn about the growing and preparation of Manx food.In the fields surrounding Cregneash you’ll spot plough horses, shorthorn cows and Manx Loaghtan sheep, whilst Manx cats (famous for having no tails!)can also be seen in the village.A picture postcard village, with beautiful walks available in the surrounding countryside including to the Sound, Meayll Circle (a megalithic chambered tomb) and to the rock formations at the Chasms. « less
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#14 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Old House of Keys in Castletown was once the centre of 19th century political life on the Island. The building is one... more » Owner description: The Old House of Keys in Castletown was once the centre of 19th century political life on the Island. The building is one chapter in the long and often turbulent history of Manx politics which stretches back to the 9th and 10th centuries when the Viking Kings ruled the Isle of Man. The fascinating Old House of Keys building has been restored to its former appearance of 1866 – a milestone in Manx history when the old self-elected House of Keys took its first steps along the road to modern democracy by passing the House of Keys Election Bill and becoming a popularly elected body. During your visit you’ll see how democracy developed in the Island – sometimes years ahead of England – and the effect that political decisions have had and continue to have on the Manx nation. You’ll meet the costumed secretary of this historic building before taking a seat in the finely restored debating chamber where you’ll enjoy an active debate on setting the laws of the Island. « less
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#15 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Scenic Railroads
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#16 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Here you can learn about the history of this isle, enjoy the spectacular views and dine.
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#17 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: The Curraghs Wildlife Park is on the Ballaugh Curragh which is a site of special scientific interest and designated as an... more » Owner description: The Curraghs Wildlife Park is on the Ballaugh Curragh which is a site of special scientific interest and designated as an internationally recognised wetland habitat of importance (Ramsar site). With nearly 100 different species set in over 30 acres of open walk through exhibits and a beautiful tranquil setting this is a wildlife Park with a difference. The Park is s laid out in geographic regions; African Bush, Asian Swamp, European Marsh, Amazon forest, American Trail, Outback and the Pampas. In the popular children’s adventure play ground area you will find the Meerkats and Prairie dogs. The Orchard line miniature railway is the longest miniature railway line in the British Isles and is loved by all ages, it runs every Sunday as well as other holiday days. With the addition this year of the Giant Bouncy Jumping Pillow and Mni-diggers this is the premier all day attraction on the Isle of Man. For rainy days there is an indoor soft play area to keep the kids entertained. The restaurant is open every day and serves everything from snacks, home baking and ice creams to sit down meals. The nature trail is an excellent easily accessible way to see the Curragh (Manx willow bog) and all the diverse indigenous species it supports. You can spend a whole day here and just relax but even if you only have a couple of hours it’s still worth the visit. We are open every day from 10am-6pm from Easter until the end of October, in the winter we are open weekends and school holidays. We are a BIAZA and EAZA member attraction. « less
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#18 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Golf Courses
Owner description: Castletown Golf Links is a golf course situated in the southern tip of the Isle of Man. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris... more » Owner description: Castletown Golf Links is a golf course situated in the southern tip of the Isle of Man. Originally designed by Old Tom Morris and later redesigned by MacKenzie Ross - this is a course with pedigree and a true test of links golf. « less
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Nautical Museum (Castletown)
#19 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts – the Peggy – which was found in 1935 concealed... more » Owner description: The Nautical Museum in Castletown is home to one of the world's oldest yachts – the Peggy – which was found in 1935 concealed in a contemporary boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain George Quayle, died.Visit this impressive yacht in its original home where you’ll find trap doors, secret panels and a replica stern cabin in the boathouse. In the loft, you’ll find a reconstruction of a sail maker’s workshop and a fishing gallery which includes models of boats, equipment and photographs depicting the importance of the fishing industry.You’ll also hear about the exploits of Captain Quayle and his fascinating life as a politician, a banker, soldier and, it’s alleged, a smuggler! Find out more about the Peggy on the National Historic Ships Register. « less
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#20 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
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#21 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Milntown is set in over fifteen acres of beautiful gardens in the North of the Isle of Man, near Ramsey and is one of the... more » Owner description: Milntown is set in over fifteen acres of beautiful gardens in the North of the Isle of Man, near Ramsey and is one of the Island’s most historic houses. Originally the home of one of the leading families on the Isle of Man -the ‘Christians’ - Milntown has also been a school for young ladies and a hotel. More recently it once again reverted to being a private house owned by Lady Edwards and subsequently her son Sir Clive. Upon his death, in 1999, a Trust was created to maintain the house and gardens for the benefit of the Manx people, in line with the wishes of Sir Clive. Milntown House is open for tours each Wednesday and Saturday from April - September. Garden Tours are held monthly, please visit our website for further information regarding tours and other events held at MilntownMilntown also has a restaurant that can cater for up to sixty private diners or an elite fine dining experience for up to 14 guests in the old Milntown dining room. Larger numbers can also be catered for with a bespoke marquee in the stunning garden. « less
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#22 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Sports Complexes
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Summerhill Glen (Douglas)
#23 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Camera Obscura (Douglas)
#24 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Lookouts
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#25 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Owner description: The Grove Museum of Victorian Life was developed in the mid 19th century by the Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb as a... more » Owner description: The Grove Museum of Victorian Life was developed in the mid 19th century by the Liverpool shipping merchant Duncan Gibb as a summer retreat for himself and his family.Later, the Victorian villa became the family’s permanent residence and family home and a visit to the Grove is like stepping back in time.You’ll find a series of period rooms, containing mostly original furnishings and fittings, a costume room, and displays of the possessions of three generations.There’s also the opportunity to view the outbuildings, which would have served the substantial adjoining farmland, with agricultural equipment including a restored horse-powered threshing mill on display.Step out into the gardens and you’ll be able to see the bees making honey or have a game of croquet on the lawn. The Conservatory Tearoom serves a small range of hot and cold food or you can enjoy a picnic in the Grove’s gardens. There is also a museum shop on site. « less
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#26 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Cathedral Church of St German was consecrated as a Cathedral relatively recently, though its shared history goes back a... more » Owner description: The Cathedral Church of St German was consecrated as a Cathedral relatively recently, though its shared history goes back a long way with the Cathedral ruin on St Patrick's Isle. Built as a Parish Church in 1893, St German's became the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Sodor and Man in 1980. It is also one of 5 churches that form the Parish of the West Coast, serving the communities in Dalby, Kirk Michael, Patrick, Peel and St John's. « less
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#27 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
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#28 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Parks; Waterfalls
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#29 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
Category: Parks
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#30 of 47 attractions in Isle of Man
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