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With thousands of years of history at your fingertips during your visit to the Isle of Man, your holiday will be packed with visits to ancient monuments.

During your trip not only will you have the chance to visit several museums covering and detailing Manx history, you can also visit one of several ancient monuments. These document Manx life and history as seen through the eyes of the people at the time and give an insight into how they lived.

From the impressive range of Manx stone crosses you will see a fascinating cross-section of Manx history. Starting with early Celtic style tablets with inscriptions in both Celtic and occasionally Latin we then move through to Norse sculpting with iconography from their conversion to Christianity.

With sites such as Meayll Circle you will see unique archaeological monuments with a complicated structure of burial chambers and entrance passages arranged in a large ring.

On the Isle of Man there is even one of the largest Neolithic monuments in the British Isles, Cashtal yn Ard, intended as a tomb for Manx leaders.

The historic tales these monuments tell will not only give you insight into the Manx people who created them, but also into their lives, the challenges they faced dealing with other communities, and their interpretations of the mythologies brought across the sea by Norse visitors.  

Manx Stone Collection

Manx Stone Collection

With over 200 decorated Manx stone crosses, the Isle of Man has an impressive collection. The 6th century crosses represent grave markers and memorial stones.

Cashtal yn Ard

Cashtal yn Ard

Dating back to 2000 BC, Cashtal yn Ard is based in the north of the Island and is the largest Neolithic tomb in the British Isles. 

Meayll Hill

Meayll Hill

Meayll Hill is a Neolithic passage grave. There are 12 burial chambers in an 18 foot ring with 6 entrance passages leading into each pair of chambers.