Fun things to do in Isle of Man

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    Manx Electric Railway

    by RB_Oakes Written Apr 10, 2004

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    Built at the turn of the last century, the Manx Electric Railway runs from Douglas to the north, as far as Ramsey. I only took it as far as Laxey, but it was a stunning ride, with views of rolling hills, cliffside pastures overlooking the Irish sea, country pubs and wooded glens.

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    Peel

    by orlikins Written Aug 17, 2003

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    Peel is supposed to the 2nd city of the island, but it's not even a large town. However it's worth a few hours of your time, there is a Manx musuem there and you might have noticed the pics of the castle there by now! ;)
    It's about 11 miles from Douglas.

    Peel Village
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    Calf of Man

    by orlikins Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    It's a small island off the southern coast of IoM. We passed it on the ferry en route to Douglas. I doubt if there are many people living there, but apparently there is a bird sanctuary if you're interested. You could probably visit it during the summer. You should probably wear an extra layer of clothing, it looks like a very chilly and windy spot.

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    Tower of Refuge

    by orlikins Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    I've seen it referred to as St Mary's Isle as well (identity crisis? Surely not!) It acted as a reference point to warn ships that they were approaching Douglas Bay and not sail straight into the rocks like many a ship before them.
    The tower is a bit small in the photo, but I hope you can still make it out.

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    Laxey Wheel

    by orlikins Updated Apr 15, 2003

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    It's £3 to climb up the spiral steps and admire the view of the Laxey Glens from a ledge above the wheel. If you're tall, you should be able to glimpse the coast and Laxey bay. Little munchkins like me can manage it on tip-toes or jumping up and down maniacally ;-) The big red wheel is set on the side of a hill, up from the local fire station, overlooking Laxey village. The wheel was originally used to pump water from the mines down to the valley. It still works. Now, you're hardly going to traipse all the way up to Laxey to ooh and aah over a big red wheel. There is more. If you walk up behind the wheel, you can take your choice of 3 mining trails. The longest it should take you is 45 minutes - which isn't so bad. During the summer, you can get the Snaefell Mountain Railway, which starts from Laxey and takes you all the way up to the top of the Island's highest peak. The service wasn't available when we were there, so I cant really comment much more about it.

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    Douglas railway station.

    by bonio Written Nov 12, 2008

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    Even if you're not travelling on the steam train the station is well worth a look. Maybe it's how stations used to be many years ago. There's a good cafe there too, enjoyed our time here.

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    Peel Castle

    by bonio Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Ruined castle guarding the harbour, just time for a quick look before the wind almost took us off our feet.
    Lots of info on their website.

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    Douglas promenade

    by bonio Written Nov 8, 2008

    Maybe not the best weather to enjoy a walk along the prom, still managed to though, dodging the large waves as well.
    Spent a little time at the war memorial.

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    Laxey Glen

    by orlikins Written Aug 17, 2003

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    Now this pic was taken from the top of the Laxey Wheel. The local stream flowing through the glen was used to power the waterwheel, overlooking the village.

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    St Patricks Isle

    by orlikins Written Aug 17, 2003

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    I took this pic from the turrets of Peel Castle overlooking the Irish Sea. Peel castle is actually on St Patricks Isle, which may be a bit misleading for visitors, but it's easy to get to.

    St Patrick's isle

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Isle of Man Hotels

  • Regency Hotel

    Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Anchorage Guest House

    Athol Park, Port Erin, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Sefton Express

    Stayed here with grown-up family and it met our needs perfectly. Easy walk to airport and only 20...

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