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.]
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.
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.
Whenever I visit the British seaside, I enjoy indulging in fish, chips and mushy peas.
However, when we visited Port Erin Fish & Chips during our day trip to the lovely seaside town of Port Erin in the Isle of Man in July 2009, we weren't actually looking for fish and chips...
We had read that the unofficial national dish of the Isle of Man is chips, cheese and gravy, so we were keen to sample this incongruous sounding combination!
For just a couple of Pounds, we purchased polystyrene trays filled with chips, melted cheese and beef gravy. We took them away with us and sat on a grass bank overlooking the long sandy beach.
They were delicious....and it's easy to see why this dish has become such a popular fast food choice in the Isle of Man.
This is a lovely looking pub with a lovely atmosphere. The food is reliably good and the bar staff are friendly apart from the bar manager who is unbelievably rude and devoid of personality, customer service skills or the ability to communicate politely. The food can take time but is worth the wait and the beer is excellent. This would be a real gem but for one key staff member who ruined a good night out.
Favorite Dish: We love the Fish and Chips.
Only stopped for tea, but the pressure to move was constant with locals and visitors alike vyeing for seats!
Favorite Dish: n/a
Victorian steam trains run a scheduled service between Port Erin and Douglas.
Once part of a three line system, this is the only steam railway portion that is still in operation.
Electric and horse drawn trams still run from Douglas, however, to Ramsey and along the promenade respectively.