Isle of Man Things to Do

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Isle of Man Things to Do

  • Isle of Man TT Races

    Hello there, I've been to and drove around the whole island of Isle of Man many years ago with my friends who were local. I only remember I was told the most popular event in Isle of Man was Isle of Man TT Races, which is held annually, 30th MAY - 10th JUNE 2011. I loved motor races of any kind.With regards to the events please check the Isle of...

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  • Isle of Man Scuba Diving

    Ever wanted to go scuba diving on the Isle of Man? It has some of the best diving (if not THE best!) around the British Isles thanks to it's remote and unspoilt location and warm(ish!) Gulf Stream!Check out www.mannscubadivers.co.uk if you fancy getting wet!

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  • Walk the Coastal Path

    Breathtaking views from the cliffs around the isle overlook the ocean. The walk is easy, just take care to dress for wind and rain. Pack a lunch and start walking! The path is marked with a "gull" sign.The path winds around the entire island. You can do parts of it each day if you'd like.

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  • PEEL CASTLE

    Peel Castle is located on the west side of the island and is easily reached using the public bus from Douglas. It is located on St Patrick's Isle, named because St. Patrick reportedly stepped ashore here to bring Christianity to the Isle of Man. In the 10th century and 11th centuries the Vikings began to plunder the Irish Sea and a fort was built...

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  • Douglas railway station.

    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

    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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  • Peel

    A day trip by bus, the harbour office suggested that the wind was blowing force 8-9, I'm not arguing, surely the strongest wind I've experienced.Anyway enjoyed a short walk around town, a good lunch I'll mention later, also a quick look at the ruined castle.Here are some windswept photos!

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  • Port Erin

    A short trip to Port Erin by steam railway. Chose a bad day to go, very wet and windy, so just a short walk around and a coffee in the excellent station buffet.Photos suggest visiting on a better day would be a very pleasant.

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  • Douglas promenade

    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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  • Ramsey

    Ramsey in the north of the island is the second largest town. It was, however, very quiet when we strolled through the centre on a Sunday afternoon. I saw a tall,blue pillar on a square, with a sort of case locked by a padlock. I've been wondering ever since what this could be. Lately I thought maybe it was a special postbox and I just didn't...

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  • Port Erin

    Port Erin is a very nice, small town in a beautiful bay. When looking into hotels for my stay on the island I had considered staying in Port Erin, because the pictures were so beautiful. But in the end I decided on Douglas, it was easier to get around from there without a car.I wanted to see Port Erin, though and took the steam railway, which ends...

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  • Castletown:Birdwatching at Scarlett...

    From the Market Square there are signs leading to Scarlett Point. This is one of the birdwatchers' points on the Isle of Man and it's easily accessible without a car.It's a walk of about 30 minutes from the town centre, not more.There is an information centre, but it was closed on Mondays (which was when we were there), one more reason to go...

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  • Castletown: The Police Station

    Since I'm interested in Art Noveau one of the things I wanted to see was the police station in Castletown, as I had read it was built by Mackay Baillie Scott. At first I didn't find it, or rather I had passed it without recognizing it . So I asked in a shop. The lady there had never heard of Baillie Scott, but she pointed me to the police station....

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  • Castletown: Old Grammar School

    Behind the Market Square there is the old Grammar School, a small, white building close to the sea. It was built as a chapel in 13th century, but from 18th century on has served as a school. In 1930 the last pupils were taught there and the interior has been left as it used to be. Instead of exercise books the pupils wrote on sand, saving a lot of...

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  • Castletown: Town Centre

    The centre of Castletown is the Market Square. Here are the bus stops for the buses to the other parts of the islands, here is the main hotel , the George with a nice-looking pub but serving bad food ( see restaurant tip), the war memorial and a celtic cross. Narrow Arbory Street leading away from the Market Square has some nice craft shops.

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  • Castletown: Castle Rushen

    Castletown used to be the capital of the Isle of Man until 1862, something which can easily be believed when you see the huge castle. Coming from the train station you turn right and walk towards the harbour, Castle Rushen is right in front of you.This building from the 13th century dominates the small town.There is a beautiful garden attached to...

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  • Douglas: The Villa Marina

    The Villa Marina on the promenade is an entertainment complex, but also boasts of a beautiful garden. Near the entrance there is a waterfall, then some flowerbeds and finally a lawn with old trees. A wedding was being celebrated when I was there, it was fun to watch the children running around and playing, and not caring at all about the beautiful...

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  • Douglas: The War Memorial

    On the promenade, about 16 meter high, you can see a soldier standing on a pillar. This is the war memorial. It was erected in 1922 and it seems the people in Douglas didn't think too much of it then. But it really is very impressive, especially by its height.

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  • Douglas: Tower of Refuge

    Directly on the way to Douglas harbour there are some rocks. High tides hid these rocks just below the water surface, causing many shipwrecks. In 19th century the Tower of Refuge was built on those rocks. Now they could be seen even in high tide and the ships no longer crashed into them. The name is by the poet Wordsworth. He had written a poem...

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  • Douglas: Salisbury Building

    Another building left from Victorian times is the Salisbury building. It used to be a hotel, now it houses the Communications Commission of the Isle of Man government. The beautiful façade shows the Greek sun god , riding his chariot over the clouds.Judging from the amount of rain I experienced on the island, the Victorian builders knew what they...

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  • Douglas: Queen Victoria Statue

    Queen Victoria seems to have been quite popular in Douglas. There is a Victoria Street in the downtown area and also a statue of her. It took me some time to find this statue, even though I knew more or less where it was supposed to be. I just didn't see it!Only when I sitting on the upper deck in a bus did I finally see it, it's high above street...

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  • Douglas, a capital with a Victorian...

    Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man. Arriving by ferry I saw it appear on the horizon, the long row of mostly white houses and the promenade. The promenade was built towards the end of 19th century, in Victorian times. To make getting from one end to the other easier, the horse tram was introduced. ( see transportation tip).Today mostly...

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  • Parish Walk (85 mile in 24 hours)

    Do yoiu consider youreslf a walker?21st June, 2008 saw the annual 85 mile Parish Walk in the Isle of Man.When i first heard about this i thought of the film Forest Gump but what is important about this walk is that walkers choice their individual charities to donate money to.It really is a very incredible feat - it has to be done in 24 hours (and...

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  • Manx Whiskey - whoops - Manx Spirit

    Manx Spirit is a very fine Scottish Malt that has been sent to the island and then has all its impurities removed - ie the impurities caused by the Whiskey being made in Port Barrells.So it is distilled to give this spiritColour is deceptive because it smells very much like Whiskey but is much much smoother. You must drink this neat - no other way...

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  • Hire a Bike at Ramsey

    Why? - because North of here it is very flat and easy bike riding.The North of the island past Ramsey is quite flat - and the south can be very hillyThere is a place called Eurocycles at Douglas for cycle hire AT Ramsey however much of the Official Tourism info is incorrect and the bike hire place in tourist info had been closed for some time.A...

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  • Visit Laxey

    Visit Laxey by Electric Tram or other - from here there are many optionsYou have halk a walk - maybe half an hour to the very beautiful working water wheel - "The Lady Isabella" - the largest of its kind i think that is still in useSee http://www.iomguide.com/laxeywheel.phpThe pic here is the sister wheel near the tram station which has recently...

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  • Coffee and Cake

    The title here maybe should read "The Smell of Coffee"Walking from Douglas Bus Station towards the Steam Train Station the route i took i went past this small coffee shop - and the smell of coffee was so good i had to go back.As you see by the pic - the shop is called "Spill the Beans" - it opens till about 5pm which is good.What was a great sign...

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  • Cregneash, National Folk Museum

    Cregneash is both a living village and a museum. Examples of the traditional Manx house with thatched roof can be found here including Harry Kelly's cottage. Harry Kelly was one of the last fluent Manx speakers and his home, restored as a traditional crofters cottage opened as the beginning of the museum in 1938.The site is basically an isolated...

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  • Tynwald Hill

    Tynwald is the independent government of the island. Each year around 5 July the island's lawmakers gather at the Tynwald Hill in St John's in the centre of the island and read out in Manx and English abbreviated outlines of the laws that have been passed over the last 12 months.The Tynwald is thought to be the oldest continuous parliament in the...

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  • Manx Stone Collection

    Across the island you'll find a selection of historic Manx stone crosses. Similar in Celtic style to Irish or Scottish crosses, there are a lot of very well preserved ones in various graveyards.At Lonan there's a big selection in a cross shelter at the bottom of the graveyard and also one of the oldest intact Manx crosses on the island, the Lonan...

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  • Old Grammar School

    The Old Grammar School in the former Manx capital of Castletown is a two minute walk from Rushen Castle. With a prime view of the sea, it now sits in a rather un-historic car park, but remains part of the historic trail of The Story of Mann.The building has seen different uses since a chapel was first built on the site around 1200 AD. It was St...

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  • Peel Castle and St Patrick's Isle

    Legend has it that this is the spot where St Patrick stepped ashore to bring Christianity to the people of Mann. On it is a fortress castle, inside the walls of which you'll find the ruins of several buildings including a cathedral. The site is one of the best known monuments on the Isle of Man and you can follow the story of the Isle of Patrick in...

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  • Great Laxey Wheel

    The Laxey Wheel, also known as the Lady Isabella, is a massive 22 metres high wheel that was built to pump water out of mines in the late 1800s. It's apparently the largest of its kind remaining in the world today.The wheel is situated in quite a pleasant location above the town of Laxey surrounded by woods and with great views across the island....

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  • Seals and Basking Sharks

    You're never very far from nature on the Isle of Man and certainly never far from water! In Peel harbour you can often see grey seals up fairly close although the day I was here the weather was so rough that they were nowhere to be seen. In this area you can also find basking sharks in the summer. Basking sharks are not dangerous to people and...

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  • Manx Museum

    Situated on a hill above Douglas in what was once a hospital is the Manx Museum, telling the history of the island throughout the ages, from Viking colonisation through to the present day.As well as a very good historical overview, including information on such things as ancient burials, the use of the island as an internment camp during the first...

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  • Electric Trams

    Take an Electric Tram from the very North side of Douglas to Laxey.Laxey is famous for the largest existing working Waterwheel in the world - the very beautiful "Lady Isabella" - climb the steps to the top if not afraid of heights

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  • museums

    the manx museum in douglas was good, but the manamman museum in peel is a must . its perfect for kids,as its very interactive, they can touch the life like dummies etc and they and you will definately come out having learnt some thing new about the island.

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  • Town Walks

    In the Tourist Office (Ferry Terminal, Douglas) and in tourist info places (e.g. museums, gift shops attached to attractions) you can pick up Town Walk guides to Douglas, Peel, Castletown , and, I think, Ramsey and Laxey. (There are several to at least Peel and Douglas.) These can be used, if not to follow, then at least to draw your attention to...

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  • On arrival by ferry

    Since the Tourist Office is in the Ferry Terminal building, when you arrive by ferry, before charging off to find a cab or riding/driving off to your accommodation base, call in at the Tourist Office and pick up the Things to Do, What's On, and other leaflets which may interest you, and a copy of the bus/rail timetable. You'll probably require some...

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  • Island Overview 2 Island Tour

    Rather than take an organised coach tour of the Island, customise your own, using public transport. You will need an explorer ticket and a bus/rail timetable, all available from tourism and ticket offices. The key is the Port Erin-Peel journey, since that is the least frequent service.Start Douglas. Bus or Steam train to Castletown; Bus or Steam...

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  • Camera Obscura

    The Camera Obscura is finally open, after several years of restoration. It's unique in that it has 12 or 13 mirrors, and rather than look at one big central image, you walk around the inside of the building and look at individual screens. Rather like a Victorian Webcam!Open weekends & Bank Holidays, because it's staffed by volunteers. Leaflets...

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  • Island Overview 1 History

    At an early point in your visit, go to the Museum in Douglas; it will help put everything on the Island into context. Make sure you view the 20 minute introductory film first. All the museums on the Island are worth visiting (some charge, the Douglas one is free), and you'll find leaflets here & in the Tourist office. Check times of the volunteer...

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  • Castletown

    If you know anything about Manx history you will probaly know that Castletown was the capital of Isle Of Man for a few centuries and was colonised by the Norsemen. If not, well you do know now. Castletown is an excellent place to spend a day exploring the town and the castle. It has a volcanic history as apparantly it sits on the edge of an extinct...

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  • World's Largest Working Waterwheel

    Probaly the most notable permanent feature on Isle of Man is Lady Isabella, the world's largest working waterwheel. It is a fairly impressive feature that can pump water from 2,000 feet below the surface of the ground with it's wheel that has a circumference of 227 feet. It's construction is owed to John Casement in 1854 and was named after the...

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  • Archaeology for Everyone

    Archaeological excavations are continuously going on at the Rushen Abbey, and if you approach them during official Dig hours, they will explain many interesting things about Rushen Abbey and their work. Since my elder goddaughter has decided to become an archaeologist, we spent quite some time with the experts, and girls also enjoyed playing in...

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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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