Onchan Travel Guide

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  • King Orry's Grave

    Just outside Laxey, in Minorca, is the largest known megalithic tomb on the island, which is over 4000 years old. While it is named in honour of King Orry (viking), there is no direct connection between him and the site. The cairn grave is made of sandstone and is 12 metres by 4 metres. It was built by farmers as a memorial to their ancestors and...

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  • Kirk Braddan

    Old Kirk Braddan was the parish church in Braddan until the late 19th century, the new church is next door. Built in the 1700s the Keeil houses Celtic and Scandinavian crosses from 600 to 1265 AD. Other relics include the sculptured ornament on the east gable, two windows lintels on the tower (dated 1714), Normanesque mouldings and the original...

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  • Dhoon Glen

    This is a small, but fabulously beautiful woodland glen with quick changing terrain from mountain to coast. Streams weave through the glen and flow down waterfalls, leading down to a shingle beach.N.B. This is not the place for a gentle stroll, it is a fairly difficult glen to walk and will make you work to see its beauty. Paths are rugged, there...

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  • Kirk Lonan

    In the village of St Adamnan you can see celtic crosses in a shelter built in the corner of the church yard, though only one large cross is still in what is believed to be its original position within the old keeill churchyard.Based on the oldest cross the site can be dated to the 5th century, when Irish missionaries came to the island to spread...

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  • Groudle Glen & Railway

    Groudle Railway is surrounded by beautiful glens and coastal walks. The railway was built in 1896 and is currently operated by volunteers. You can explore the glen and then stop for a break at the Sea Lion Tearooms. N.B. Groudle glen is a stop on the Manx Electric Railway so is very easy to get to.

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  • Onchan Wetlands

    Once the site of a dam serving a mill, the Manx Wildlife Trust cleared the wetlands in the 90s exposing the pond and putting a circular boardwalk around the site. You can see around 100 species of flowering plants here.N.B the path is suitable for wheelchairs

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  • Kirk Onchan

    The present church building was consecrated in the 1830s and inside the church there are six crosses dating between the 7th and 11th centuries. There is also a gable cross which would have been from an earlier keeill. Cased inside the wall near the crosses is a silver chalice from the reign of Charles I. Also encased in the wall is an Irish pewter...

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  • Onchan Pleasure Park

    Once farmland, the park, built shortly after the Second World War, originally included a grandstand, a cafe, changing rooms, a bowling green, tennis courts, a putting green, miniature golf and a children play area. Since then additions and improvements have been made, including the creation of a boating lake (motor boats and bumperboats for hire)...

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  • Lonan old church

    If Onchan is a suburb of Douglas, the area around Lonan old church very definitely is not. Here you are out in the Manx countryside and even the sound of a single car can be a disturbance. The old church - replaced by a new church in the 19th century - stands isolated and partly in ruin. The west end, probably dating from the 12th century, is the...

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Onchan Off The Beaten Path

  • The Sprial Stone

    The Spiral Stone is a boulder rock decorated with spiral patterns and is believed to be from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The site is by a house in Ballaragh, near to Laxey. The stone is located along the B11, past King Orry's Grave and on the way to Dhoon Glen, so if youre visiting either of these then you could have a quick visit....

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  • Take a glen walk

    Molly Quirk's Glen, Bibaloe Glen and Groudle Glen are all joined together and make for a fantastic woodland walk.Molly Quirk's Glen is a narrow woodland glen following the Groudle River. It has a road bridge at each end, with the lower end marked by the Whitebridge under which a walkway continues in to Groudle Glen. At the other end of the glen is...

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