Think Isle of Man and you might think motorsports and finance – but there's way more to discover on this gem in the Irish Sea.
Visit here and you step on to an island of breathtakingly diverse natural beauty, where rugged coastlines meet medieval landmarks in a UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserve.
It’s only a 20-min drive from the airport to the island’s capital, Douglas. There are plenty of buses and the towns and villages are easy to navigate on foot. Most major towns are sea-facing, boasting elegant promenades and charming beaches, though some remote coastline and walking trails are only accessible by car. Try the Raad ny Foillan coastal footpath that runs around the entire island, about 100 miles (160km) long.
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Neighbourhoods To See
Peel: for history
Visit this town on the west coast to view 14th century Peel Castle perched above the bay and discover the island’s history at the House of Manannan in one of the island's best museums.
Douglas: for business
The island's capital hosts multiple international businesses and is the governmental heart of the crown protectorate. Enjoy lunch in the stylish North Quay area lined with quality restaurants.
Cregneash: for tradition
Step back in time at this ‘living museum’ of well-preserved traditionally thatched cottages with whitewashed walls, one of the last communities to speak Manx, the island’s official language.
This iconic giant Victorian waterwheel used to pump water out of the mines. Go underground to learn about mining, then climb to the top of the wheel for stunning views.
Walk the ramparts of this ruined 14th-century castle for an insight into the island’s history, with unbeatable views of Peel and the surrounding coastline.
On an island packed with scenic viewpoints, few can match the beauty of Niarbyl seafront, where a rocky promontory stretches into the sea beside traditional cottages to create a film-worthy atmosphere.
The Isle of Man’s rich Christian history is displayed in this beautiful abbey, founded in the 12th century, which has hosted monks, scholars and politicians throughout its existence.
The House of Manannan
This interactive multimedia museum traces the history of the Isle of Man from the earliest settlers to the modern day.
Food and Drink
Unsurprisingly, seafood features heavily! Be sure to try the prized Manx queenies, scallops harvested from the island's own shore, or sample smoked kippers washed down by craft beers from the local brewery.
JUNE | TT Races
JULY | Southern 100
AUG | Manx Grand Prix
The entire isle transforms for two weeks for the TT (Tourist Trophy) races when world-class bikers race before thousands of motorsports fans. If you can't make the TT, there are other lower-profile races throughout the year.
JULY | Tynwald Day
This island-wide holiday on 5th July sees local politicians gather for a ceremony held on Tynwald Hill, rounded off with concerts, a parade and fireworks.