Idyllic Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a perfect holiday destination and caters so well for groups. With stunning coastal scenery, fabulous landscapes, fantastic visitor attractions, excellent roads, with the island being home to the legendary TT Race, and short driving distances, there is much to offer. Pick and mix the attractions that best suit your groups’ interests! See over for the wide range of attractions.
Hotels in Douglas
The Empress Hotel – The elegant 3 star Victorian Empress hotel overlooks Douglas Bay and is within walking distance of the town centre. All 102 traditional bedrooms have lovely, soft furnishings and are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Relax in the traditional bar and enjoy the sea views before dining in either the Connaught or Prince Albert Suites.
The Chesterhouse Hotel – Located within easy walking distance of the main town and overlooking Douglas Bay, the 3 star Chesterhouse Hotel offers great hospitality, service and food. All 67 warmly decorated, comfortable bedrooms are lift accessible and equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Rutland Hotel – This traditional, friendly hotel overlooks Douglas seafront and is a 15 minute walk into the main town centre. All 64 bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant enjoys sea views and there is a bar where guests can enjoy drinks.
What to do
Douglas is the capital of the island, with a seafront setting and many shops, bars, restaurants and attractions, so ideal for a driver’s day off. A great way to see the town is to enjoy a ride along Douglas Promenade on a horse tram. Visit the Manx Museum and discover the island’s fascinating 10,000 year old history and explore the art gallery’s various exhibitions devoted to all things Manx.
Isle of Man Heritage Railways
It is possible to see the majority of the Island by travelling on the impressive network of heritage railways powered by steam, electricity and even horsepower. Many of the heritage attractions are located close to the railway stops making it an easy, scenic and mesmerising way to indulge in the Isle of Man’s colourful history.
Manx Electric Railway
Connecting Douglas to the north Island, Ramsey
The longest narrow gauge vintage electric railway system in Britain. Starting in Douglas the journey takes in the magnificent ocean views of the east coast of the Island before ending in Ramsey, the second largest town on the Island.
Isle of Man Steam Railway
Connecting Douglas to the south Island, Port Erin
The Island’s oldest Victorian rail system, dating back to 1874, starts in Douglas. The 1 hour steam train journey travels south to Port Erin, through the Manx countryside.
Exploring The North
Grove Museum of Victorian Life
Once the genteel summer retreat of the 19th century Liverpool shipping magnate Duncan Gibb and his family. It has been preserved to provide an insight into domestic life in the Victorian era.
Milntown Estate & Gardens
Dating back to the 16th century, the Estate was once the seat of the powerful Christian family, whose most famous members are Manx Nationalist hero William Christian and HMS Bounty’s Fletcher Christian. Explore the house and 15 acres of beautiful gardens and treat your group to the homemade tea and scones here!
The Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world. A brilliant example of Victorian engineering, she was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey mines. Today a climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across the Laxey Valley.
Snaefell Mountain Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway is Britain’s only electric mountain railway. Fingers crossed that when we reach the summit it’s a clear day so we can see some of the Seven Kingdoms!
Exploring The West & South West
House of Manannan
The legendary sea god Manannan will guide you through the Island’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. Journey through life-size reconstructions and film shows with atmospheric sounds and smells, see the replica Viking ship Odin’s Raven and discover a time when the Island was at the centre of a powerful sea kingdom.
Peel Castle is one of the Island’s foremost historic sites. The oldest structures within the castle walls date back to the 11th Century, when the castle was the ruling seat of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles, while the ruins of St German’s Cathedral date back to the 13th Century.
Step back in time and experience the peace and natural beauty of this traditional Manx crofting village. Step inside the cottages to find out how the crofters lived and get a taste of life in a typical 19th century Manx upland crofting community.
Calf of Man
The Calf of Man is a beautiful island, situated half a mile off the south-west coast of the Isle of Man offering spectacular ocean views. As a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory, the Calf is the ideal location to study bird life, flora and fauna. Look out for the seals whilst enjoying a morning cup of tea or coffee.
Exploring The South East
A trip to Tynwald Hill, one of the Island’s most distinctive landmarks, will provide an insight into the Island’s strong identity. As a signal of the Isle of Man’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency, the four-tiered hill is thought to be made with soil from all of the Island’s 17 ancient parishes.
Castle Rushen is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Europe. Dating back to Viking times, its limestone bulk still dominates the skyline today. Interactive displays throughout the castle bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of the past.
The picturesque ruins of the Island’s only Cistercian monastery, founded in the 12th Century. Learn about archaeological work on the site through an interactive museum and stroll through the lovely gardens.
The Old House of Keys Parliament Square
A former home of the Manx Parliament restored to its 1866 appearance. In the debating chamber, visitors can ‘vote’ on the crucial issues which once faced Manx political figures. An intriguing glimpse into the history of the Isle of Man’s democracy.
The Old Grammar School
Offering a fascinating insight into the Island’s educational history, the Old Grammar School, formerly St Mary’s Chapel, was used as a schoolhouse from around 1570 and has many Victorian furnishings and fittings.
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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