Bradda glen is great for walkers, since it has many vantage points and has benches to take a rest or stop for a picnic. There is also a cafe & restaurant where you can watch the bay below while enjoying homecooked food.
- Hiking and Walking
The railway museum is at the Railway station in Port Erin which is the last stop on the line.The museum tells the history of the steam railway from its beginnings in the 1870s to the present day, including the old lines which used to serve Peel and Ramsey. They have steam engines and carriages and a large display of photographs, posters and memorabilia relating to the railway. There is also a souvenir shop. The museum is open daily from April to October between 10am and 5pm. Admission is very cheap at £1 for adults and 50p for children.
Cregneash National Folk Museum
A couple of miles from Port Erin is Cregneash National Folk Museum. The first cottage, some three centuries old, was acquired by the Manx Museum when its owner died in 1935 and this remains much as he left it. Over the years, further thatched buildings have become part of the museum but others in the village remain in private ownership. There are exhibitions illustrating the life of a crofting village, an audio-visual presentation and demonstrations of various local crafts. Old farming methods are continued and there is a flock of the distinctive Manx loghtan sheep.
There is also information on the Manx language, spoken in villages like this into the 20th century. The last native Manx speaker on the Island died in 1974 but there has been a considerable revival of the language since then. On the wall of Cregneash church is a copy of Psalm 23 written in Manx. It is related to the Gaelic spoken in Ireland and Scotland and, more distantly to Welsh, Cornish and Breton. I notice that one phrase reads 'pastyr glass' and I assume this corresponds to 'green pastures' - and probably means old Manx, like Welsh, used the same word 'glas(s)' for blue and green. The rest is completely unintelligible!
[Note: Check opening times if visiting; the museum is closed in the winter.]
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Right at the buffer stops end on the station at Port Erin is the railway museum.
Housed in the old loco shed, the museum houses two engines that are not in use and old carriages of a bygone age.
Also there are exhibits of the construction side to the railway.
One of the locomotives on display is an 0-6-0T built for the Manx Northern Railway and unusual in itd wheel arrangement as all other engines on the railway are of the 2-4-0T wheel arrangement.
- Museum Visits
Erin Arts Centre
Erin Arts Centre it is "a must visit" place.
A little hidden at first if you don;t really look for exactly location.
The history of the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin. John Bethell's vision in 1971 was to transform an empty chapel into a centre for music, drama and the visual arts which would benefit and involve the Island community.
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