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Isle of Man Travel Information

Its own parliament, laws, traditions, culture and postage stamps…

The Isle of Man is a unique self-governing kingdom - a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union.

Set in the Irish Sea, between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire coastline, The Isle of Man is an excellent holiday destination. Often described as ‘Britain in miniature’, you’ll find hills, mountains, moorland, fishing ports, harbours and seaside resorts – all packed into an area of 227 square miles! You’ll immediately sense its relaxed pace of life and enjoy its wealth of attractions and places to stay, and while you might notice the differences from the rest of Britain – including the Manx language and currency (though English is the spoken tongue and English and UK currencies are accepted everywhere) – there are also reassuring familiarities, such as driving on the left and road signs in English.

On the Isle of Man there’s never a dull moment, whatever your age and interests. Fabulous scenery, enchanting glens, miles of uncrowded beaches, medieval castles, Victorian railways and trams, beautiful parks and gardens, international motorsport, countless opportunities for first-class angling, golf and watersports and other activities, fascinating museums and heritage centres.

The hub of much island activity, Douglas, the capital, has a great variety of accommodation, holiday attractions, first-class shopping, banks, building societies, and car hire. Other popular holiday towns and resorts are Port Erin, Ramsey, Peel, Castletown, Port St Mary and Laxey. Or you might prefer to stay in one of the many lovely villages nestling in beautiful countryside and offering idyllic rural accommodation.

Children will have a great time at fun attractions such as the Wet Zone, Manxland, Superbowl, Curraghs Wildlife Park, Onchan Pleasure Park, and the interactive hi-tech Manx Museum and House of Manannan. Not forgetting beaches, swimming pools, Mooragh Park at Ramsey and Silverdale’s boating pool, carousel, picnic area and wildlife and nature trails. Loads to keep them occupied! Venues such as the beautifully restored Victorian Gaiety Theatre, Summerland, Palace Cinema, Erin Arts Centre and Douglas’s many lively nightspots provide great holiday entertainment for all ages.

One of the unique aspects of the Isle of Man heritage is the Island’s remarkable Victorian transport system. Trains and trams run frequently, still going strong after more than 100 years of sterling service. In addition to the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway and Douglas horse trams, you can enjoy summer trips on the cliff-top Groudle Glen Railway and combine a visit to Curraghs Wildlife Park with a memorable ride on the Orchid Line – the smallest passenger-carrying railway on the Island. Cycle hire is widely available, and in addition to miles of quiet country lanes, there are six designated cycle trails to explore. If you prefer to travel by horse or pony, stables and riding schools can be found at various locations across the Island. But if you want to catch every viewpoint and every sunset, there’s probably no greater Island adventure than discovering the Isle of Man on foot!

On the Isle of Man, doing your own thing offers endless possibilities. Golf, fishing, flat green and crown green bowling, sailing, watersports, diving, cycling, mountain biking, quad biking, pony trekking, road racing events such as the thrilling TT, and a hundred and one other activities are here for your enjoyment. Then there are special-interest courses, such as powerboat handling and scuba diving as well as the opportunity to try some more unusual sports such as archery, air rifle shooting and abseiling.

The Isle of Man is known as the Road Racing Capital of the World. As well as the TT (Tourist Trophy) Races, action and adrenalin are guaranteed as top cyclists, karters, rally drivers and classic cars compete throughout the summer months. The famous TT Festival has run almost every year since the beginning of the 20th century. It brings in visitors from all around the world to see the fast paced motor racing.

No matter where you go on the island, you’re never far from the sea and the Island’s spectacular 100-mile coastline of expansive sands, attractive resorts, bustling harbours and dramatic headlands.

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