Isle of Man: Isle of Adventure
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The wide range and impressive nature of the Manx heritage attractions makes many of the sites "must see" items for your holiday on the Isle of Man. With a wealth of historical locations and a landscape rich in monuments you will begin to understand the Island's 10,000 year history though locations run by Manx National Heritage.

The Laxey Wheel, called the Lady Isabella and so famous they wrote a song about it, is a great sight. Built in 1854 it is a true example of the height of Victorian engineering and at 22m high a climb to the top has been a popular trip for tourists for over 150 years. Situated in the beautiful Laxey countryside it can be reached by electric tram from Douglas for a real day out.

There are 2 castles; Castle Rushen and Peel Castle and both give an insight into Manx history and culture. Originally a place of worship Peel Castle became a fort in the 11th century. Castle Rushen was built for a Norse King in 1265 and developed further between the 13th and 16th centuries. The braver among you could even indulge in a night-time ghost walk around them with a discussion of the supernatural.

At locations such as Cregneash you will get a real view of Victorian Manx life, preserved in a way that will surprise you. With authentic thatched cottages, this living museum is dedicated to preserving the traditional Manx way of life with museum workers performing activities in traditional dress.

Cregneash

Cregneash

Situated in the South of the Island, Cregneash is a “living museum” and provides an illustration of a traditional crofting way of life. You will be able to step inside the original cottages to find out how the crofter lived and also see some indigenous Manx animals. 

Old Grammar School

Old Grammar School

The Old Grammar School was built around 1200AD and was the first church for the settlement that grew up around Castle Rushen. It later became a school for boys and is the oldest roofed structure still standing on the Isle of Man today.

Old House of Keys

Old House of Keys

The Old House of Keys is situated in Castletown and used to be the former home of the Manx Parliament. During your visit you’ll be able to enjoy an active debate on setting the laws of the Island.

Rushen Abbey

Rushen Abbey

Located in Ballasalla, Rushen Abbey originally was the home of the Sauvignac Order of Monks. It used to house literature and information for the Island. Now, visitors can walk around the gardens and view the medieval buildings.

The Great Laxey Wheel

The Great Laxey Wheel

Situated in Laxey, the Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world! She was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey mines.

Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen

Located in the ancient capital of the Isle of Man, Castle Rushen is a fortress which was once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann. It was originally built for a Norse king in 1265. 

Peel Castle

Peel Castle

Located on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was built by the Vikings and is one of the best heritage sites on the Island. Visitors can walk around the extensive grounds and even climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower!