Isle of Man Travel Guide

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Isle of Man Things to Do

  • The Story of Mann

    The Story of Mann is a collection of Manx National Heritage's attractions based around the culture, history and heritage of the Isle of Man. The sites can be visited in any order but I can recommend following the Story of Mann order as it helps you to get the best from the attractions as they really do follow on from each other.1. The Story of Mann...

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  • Make the most of a grey day....

    Nothing quite lifts a grey gloomy day more than a stroll down one of the Islands many beaches. Me and the girls had a great morning yesterday on Douglas beach. It's free, it's fun and it's good for you!!!!! :-)

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  • Peel Castle

    The best thing about this castle is the walk around the outside of it. The castle is set on a beautiful spot beside Peel Harbour and surrounded by some magnificent coastal views.This is proving to be a hot-spot for Basking-Shark sightings at the moment with regular viewings of 2 - 3 sharks on any one day. There are always plenty of seals in the...

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  • Scarlett

    I love it here!! It is one of the most dramatic pieces of coastline on the island.Scarlett is an area of extinct volcano in the South of the Island and is well worth a visit just for the "wow" factor. As with many other areas of natural beauty on the Island this is generally very quiet and you quite often find yourself alone here. There are also...

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  • Bradda Head

    The walk up to Bradda Head is lovely!! Most of the way is a reasonably gentle walk - it just gets a bit steep towards the top but it's worth it when you get there. This is a walk we have done many times because it's easy for the kids and it's also very easy to get to.The view is amazing - sadly the photo's don't do it any justice (poor light, dodgy...

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  • Fun with the kids in Ramsey

    There is a great park in Ramsey. It has a boating lake, crazy golf and all the usual things.If you are down this way it is perfect for taking the kids and right next to it is Ramsey Promenade so you can take a walk while the kids are playing either on the beach or along the walkway.There is also a bike track here, not for push bikes, (one with all...

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Isle of Man Restaurants

  • Something for everyone

    Family Friendly Restaurant, reservations are not needed but this is quite a popular place so I would advise booking. Its hard to say what type of restaurant this is, as there is mixture of everything on the menu. From Steaks, Pasta, Jacket Potatos, Burgers, Fish etc etc. they also have good chldrens menu.There is something for everyone here even...

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  • Sweet Treats!

    The Garrison is one of those places where you're not quite sure exactly what it's supposed to be but you know it's always nice!The menu consists mainly of a varied selection of tapas dishes which are changed regularly so you find you never have the same meal twice. The food is always really nice and is freshly prepared so be ready to wait a little...

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  • Pizza and Pasta Galore!!

    We visited Paparazzi for the first time last Friday evening to celebrate Emma's 9th Birthday with a few of her friends. The restaurant was the perfect choice for the occassion.We arrived fairly early (7.00pm) so we were seated within 10 mins of arriving which was ideal with six children in tow!! The walls around the restaurant have been signed by...

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Isle of Man Nightlife

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    by Feefox Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    My mates band plays here quite often. they have live bands every weekend and sometimes in the week except Sundays and Wednesdays, (they do not have a DJ in here at all so no dance music which is relief) although it can be hit and miss as to whether or not they are any good.

    My mates band are called Maldune and they are pretty good, there is normally a listing of the bands in the local papers each week.

    It is normally free entry unless there is a really popular band or it is a charity night.

    They do food at lunch times and in the evenings till about eight.

    Dress Code: Dress code is casual and you can get away with wearing jeans and chilling in here.

    I can't remember about trainers but i don't think it matters, I have never seen anybody get refused entry.

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Isle of Man Transportation

  • Car Hire on the Island

    Using a car is a great way to get around and see the Isle of Man, especially for the harder to reach locations and means you don't have to wait around for buses. The companies which provide car hire services for the Isle of Man are: CarHire3000, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Avis. You may be able to sort hire out online before you go, if not then...

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  • Steam Railway

    The Manx Steam Railway goes from Douglas to Port Erin and operates between March and November. There are many interesting stops along the way, though most are by request, so make sure you let the conductor know when you board.The stops are as follows: Douglas (start/end), Port Soderick (stop), Santon (request), Ballasalla (stop), Ronaldsway...

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  • Electric Railway

    The Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) goes from Douglas to Ramsey, via Laxey and other towns on the East coast. It is about a 45 minute ride from Douglas to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Ramsey. There is also an option to change for the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.There are many interesting stops along the way, though most are...

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Isle of Man Shopping

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    by Kristymamoo Written Jun 16, 2008

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    Tynwald Mills has a great selection of little shops selling a wide variety of things from pet stuff to designer clothing and homeware to hand-made chocolates. It is a great place to go to find those unusual little gifts for that person who has everything.

    The setting of Tynwald Mills is beautiful and a lovely place to sped a couple of hours especially on a nice day. There are a couple of cafes on site - my favourite is the coffee shop which is next to the kids play area; there is a good selection of tea and coffee as well as home made cakes and chocolates - there is also a good choice of Manx ice-cream here too!

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Isle of Man Local Customs

  • Say hello to the fairies

    It is considered bad luck to pass over fairy bridge without acknowledging the fairies that are said to live there.The bridge is in Santon and is located ion a main road. it is a small stone bridge painted white with a signpost as you come up to it. Don't forget to wave or to say 'Hello' as you cross the bridge. If you want to stop you can, but bear...

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  • Easter Monday Boat Trip

    It used to be customary in various parts of the Island to go for a pleasure sail in the bays or harbours on Easter Monday and some still do this. If you're there for Easter then why not enjoy a boat trip around the bay and see even more of thin islands beautiful coastline. If you go from Peel then you may well see seals or basking sharks.

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  • Fairy Bridge

    On the main Douglas to Castletown Road you will come across the Fairy Bridge.This magical little spot is believed to be inhabited by fairies. Local people (and an increasing number of holidaymakers) make sure to say hello to the fairies as they cross the bridge as a way to ward off misfortune. A lot of people here are also very superstitious that...

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Isle of Man Warnings and Dangers

  • Posts on the railways

    It may seem obvious and go without saying but don't put your head or arms out the window on the Steam Railway and particularly not on the Electric Railway. The steam railway does have some posts though the electric railway has much more frequent posts. I did think on my first trip on the Electric Railway that I would just put my head out the window...

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  • Level Crossings

    Having both a steam railway and an electric railway there are a fair few level crossings on the island.The steam railway from Douglas to Port Erin has level crossings with gates and lights.However, the Electric train from Douglas to Laxey and then to Snaefell or Ramsey has unmanned level crossings which are not gated. Some have lights, but at the...

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  • Manannans Cloak (Mist)

    Be extremely cautious if there is a low mist, particularly if driving in the mountains or walking by the coast. Driving The mountain road does go very close to the edge and is very twisty with some hairpin bends and cattle grids too. The mist can completely engulf the mountain and make visibility very limited. Walking It is not advisable to walk...

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Isle of Man Off The Beaten Path

  • Seal Watching at the Point of Ayre

    The point of Ayre is the most Northerly point on the Isle of Man. There isn't much there at all - no cafe so bring a thermos and a picnic and most importantly - NO TOILET!!! There is a visitor centre here which is quite interesting.This is a beautiful, rugged spot and is a great place for spotting seals, dolphins and even basking sharks. I always...

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  • See the Seven Kingdoms.....

    Snaefell is the highest peak on the Isle of Man at 2036ft. The view from the top is stunning - on a good, clear day you can get a 360° view of the Island and you can see the "Seven Kingdoms", these being:- The Kingdoms of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales;- The Kingdom of Heaven;- The Kingdom of the Sea; and- The Kingdom of Man!There are two...

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  • Dhoon Beach

    Dhoon Beach is one of those wonderful places that can only be reached on foot. It is a difficult walk (and the walk back is tortorous!!) but it is so worth it.You reach Dhoon Beach by taking a walk through Dhoon Glen. There are many glens to explore on the Island but this is easily one of the best. A dramatic waterfall tumbles all the way down this...

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Isle of Man Sports & Outdoors

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    by Feefox Updated May 10, 2007

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    25th May 2007 to 09th Jun 2007.

    Two weeks of pure biking fun! Will be crazy as centenary year and everyone in th biking world will be here.

    Road Race round nearly the entire Island.

    Best time to visit the Island as the place is literally buzzing. for the whole two weeks.

    Best Day - Mad Sunday - Party, Party, Party and Senior Race Day (Last Friday) - Last day of racing - Local Bank Holiday.

    Equipment: Bike Gear is obviously a must for those racing and visiting on two wheels.

    BOOK EARLY - ACCOMMODATION CAN BE HARD TO FIND DURING THIS PERIOD.

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Isle of Man Favorites

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    by Ellie22 Written Mar 12, 2014

    Favorite thing: There are several ways to get discounts on admission to Manx National Heritage sites and properties.

    1. If you are a National Trust Member then your membership card is also valid for Manx National Trust as they have an agreement.

    2. You can join the Friends of Manx National Heritage (their version of the National Trust) and you can visit museums and other sites as often as you like. You will have to pay a yearly subscription of £30 though. probably worth it if you are visiting for a longer trip or are coming twice in one year.

    3. For shorter visits and those not wanting to be a member then you can purchase holiday passes or Heritage passes. Holiday passes entitle you to free entry to all Manx Heritage sites and properties, though you have to purchase the pass first (14 day pass is £20 - adult and £10- child). A Heritage pass will enable you to visit all Heritage sites and also have unlimited travel on all forms of the islands transport (a 5 day pass is £55 - adult and £27 - child).

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