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Touring Isle of Man

For details on the islandís government and physical statistics see our Isle of Man regional page

Sulby Valley courtesy IOM Tourism Visiting the Isle of Man is like a step back in time, but a quite pleasant one. The lack of touristy gimmicks only adds to its attractions. Traveling around the island to take in the scenery and attractions is relaxing and the people are friendly and helpful. Allow at least four days, but five is better. If you are planning on doing some walking, even more time would be advisable.

Maugold LIghthouse courtesy IOM Tourism Youíll definitely want a car to see anything outside of the main city, Douglas. We recommend renting one ahead to pick up on arrival either at the airport or in Douglas, depending on how you arrive. Also be sure to plan your holiday outside of the big TT motorcycle race days. The island is overcrowded, noisy and expensive during the races and roads are blocked off.

Cronk ny Merriu courtesy IOM Tourism Gob ny Rona courtesy IOM Tourism Stunning coastline views and unspoiled countryside are only two of the island attractions. Thereís a number of Nature Reserves and glens, a tram railway leading to a mountain top (go on a clear day for the views), historic churches, and interesting museums.

Douglas Harbour courtesy IOM Tourism Ramsey Bay courtesy IOM Tourism Staying in Douglas, the main center, makes touring in either direction and going across to the other side of the island a time saving option. Castletown (used in a tv series) is at the lower end of the island. Thereís a castle and museums to visit. Ramsey is almost at the top end of the island. The Grove House and Museum nearby is an interesting Ďfrozen in timeí site. Peel is on the coast across from Douglas. Itís home to a museum and a castle.

Cregneash thatched cottage by Barbara Ballard View from Calf of Man courtesy IOM Tourism Of special interest is the Cregneash Folk Village, a real village with real inhabitants and at the same time a museum. Itís on the southern tip of the island. Just across the sound is the small Calf of Man.

Snaefell Mt Railway by Barbara Ballard An unusual attraction is the Laxey Wheel, the largest water wheel in the world. Itís just a few miles north of Douglas, and you can take the Snaefell mountain railway from here.

Maughold cross by Barbara Ballard Another unusual attraction are the cross grave markers and memorial stones. More than 204 decorated stones have been found on the island. Most are in churches and churchyards. Kirk Maughold is the location of most of the Celtic crosses, but others can be spotted at Old Kirk Lonan, Old Kirk Braddan, and Onchan Parish Church. Norse crosses are found at the parish churches of Andreas, Maughold, Jurby, Michael, and Old Kirk Braddan.

Isle of Man Attractions

For more details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website

Ayres Visitor Centre
Ayres Nature Reserve; signposted on Ballaghennie Rd west of Bride. carpark.
Tel. 01624 801 985

Ballafayle Cairn
Near Ramsey

Ballaharra Stones
St Johnís village near Peel

Ballalheannagh Gardens
Glen Roy, Lonan, Laxey

Between Douglas and Foxdale, signposted from road

Broogh Fort
Near Santon

Calf of Man
The Sound
Tel. 0 1624 832 339

Cashtal yn Ard
Near Cornaa on west coast on hill by footpath

Castle Rushen
Castletown Square
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Cleigh yn Arragh
Five miles from Sulby crossroads, A14

Close Sartfield Nature Reserve

Cooildarry Nature Reserve

Corrinís Tower
On hill overlooking Peel

Cregneash Village and Folk Museum
Cregneash, Port St Mary
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Cronk y Bing Nature Reserve

Cronk Howe Mooar (Fairy Hill)
Near Port Erin

Cronk Karran
From Cregneash to Chasms, walk along Spanish head

Cronk ny Merriu
Near Santon

Cronk Sumark
Between Ramsey and Ballasalla

Curraghs Wildlife Park
Tel. 0 1624 897 323

Earystane Nature Reserve
Follow the A7 from Ballabeg or Ballagawne and turn at Colby onto the A27 leading north uphill towards Ronague and the Round Table; pass Colby Glen on your left and at the sharp right-hand bend beyond the last houses, a road sign points to Earystane on the left

Giantís Grave
On road to Ballig close to Tynwald Hill in village of St Johns by Peel.

Groudle Glen Railway
Groudle Glen, Onchan
Tel. 0 1624 622 138

Grove House and Museum
Andreas Rd, Ramsey
Tel. 0 1624 648 000
For photos and more information see our article The Grove

Hango Hill
On bay between Derbyhaven and Castletown

Horse Trams
Douglas promenade
Tel. 0 1624 675 222

House of Manannan Heritage Centre
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Isle of Man Steam Railway
Douglas, Castletown, Port Erin
Tel. 0 1624 663 366

Kerroogarroo Fort
Near St Judes, with long walk across farmland

King Orryís Grave
Near village of Laxey in Minorca

Kirk Andreas Church
St Andrew

Kirk Ballaugh
The Cronk near Ballaugh, by Douglas on the A1

Kirk Braddan

Kirk Lezayre
Churchtown near Ramsey

Kirk Lonan
St Adamnan village

Kirk Maughold
Village of Maughold, near Ramsey in the north-east

Kirk Michael Parish Church
Village of Kirk Michael

Kirk Onchan

Laxey Heritage Trust
Mines Road, Laxey
Tel. 0 1624 862 007

Laxey Wheel
Off A11 from Douglas
Tel. 0 1624 648000
Open: daily, 10am-5pm, Easter-end Oct.
For photos and more information see our article Laxey Wheel

Laxey Woolen Mills
Glen Rd, Laxey
Tel. 0 1624 861 395

Leece Museum
East Quay, Peel

Manx Aviation and Military Museum
Tel. 01624 829 294

Manx Electric Railway
Tel. 0 1624 663 366

Manx Museum
Kingswood Grove, Douglas IM1 3LY
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Manx Wildlife Trust Wildflower Garden
Tynwald Mills Shopping Centre, St Johns
Tel. 0 1624 801 985

Meayll Hill/Circle (Mull Circle)
Along Ballnahowe Road between Cregneash and Port Erin
Neolithic passage grave with six pairs of burial chambers in a circle

Monkís Packhorse Bridge
Near Rushen abbey at end of Abbey Close, Ballasalla, signed

Mooreís Traditional Museum

Murrays Motorcycle Museum
Tel. 0 1624 861 719

Nautical Museum
Castletown harbour
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Old Grammar School
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Old House of Keys
Tel. 0 1624 648 000

Onchan Wetlands Reserve
Curragh Kiondroghad

Peel Castle
Peel harbour
Tel. 0 1624648 000

Railway Museum
Port Erin

Rushen Abbey
Tel. 0 1624 648 000
For photos and more information see our article Rushen Abbey

Sayle Gallery
Villa Marina Colonnade, Douglas

Scarlett Visitor Centre
Scarlett Point, Castletown
Tel. 0 1624 801 985

Silverdale Glen
Tel. 0 1624 823 474

Snaefell Mountain Railway
Laxey Station
Tel. 0 1624 675 222

St Michaelís Isle Chapel
At far end of Langness near Castletown, on St Michaelís Isle

St Michaelís Isle Derby Fort
At far end of Langness near Castletown, on St Michaelís Isle

St Patrickís Isle and church

St Patrickís Chair
Near Crosby on B35, signed

St Peterís Church
Peel, near Castle St towards the harbour

St Runious Church
On B35 near Crosby

St Thomasís Church
Tel. 0 1624 611 503

Tower of Refuge
Far end of Douglas bay on Conister Rock

Tynwald Church (Chapel of St John)
St John near Peel

Tynwald Craft Centre
Tynwald Mills, Tynwald
Tel. 0 1624 801 213

Tynwald Hill
St Johns near Peel

Tynwald Museum
St John near Peel

Nature Reserves:
For information on the reserves see our article Manx Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves

Glen Helen courtesy IOM Tourism Glens: Athol Park, Ballaglass, Ballure walk, Bibaloe, Bishopscourt, Bradda, Breagle, Colby, Dhoon, Elfin, Glen Helen, Glen Maye, Glen Mooar, Glen Wyllin, Groudle, Laxey, Molly Quirkís, Port Soderick, Silverdale, Sulby Claddagh, Sulby, Summerhill, Tholt-y-Will

Peel Harbour courtesy IOM Tourism Isle of Man Tourism
Department of Economic Development
1st Floor, St George's Court
Upper Church Street
Douglas, Isle of Man
Tel. 0 1624 686 766
Official website: Visit Isle of Man
You can book flights and ferries from their website.

Travel Information

To reach the Isle of Man you can fly from London City, Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, and Dublin. By sea there are ferries and seacats from Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, and Heysham, Lancashire.

To stay on the Isle of Man we recommend Glen Mona Hotel

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