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The sights

 
Douglas - very much the Victorian style seaside town with a curving row of impressive buildings arching along the Promenade, although the capital is now a busy financial centre with thriving shops, cafés, bars and places of entertainment as well. A walk around town will unearth a myriad of places of historic interest from the Tynwald Buildings, the Gaiety Theatre, quayside pubs to the many memorials to sailors lost at sea. Douglas is the starting point for the steam and electric railways departing from opposite ends of the Promenade and linked by horse drawn trams which "clip clop" along the prom – a reminder of days gone by.


Gaiety Theatre – the island’s magnificent theatre, the Gaiety has regular performances from both local and professional companies ranging from 'top line acts' to the classics. It's also worth taking the tour of this superbly restored Victorian theatre. The theatre sits alongside the gardens of the £15million flagship Villa Marina, which presents an exciting programme of entertainment, theatre, film, art and music year round.


Manx Museum – with its cinema and many 'hands-on' exhibits, this award winning museum in Douglas, offers an educating, fun and exciting time for all the family for those wishing to learn about the Story of Mann.


National Sports Centre – located just outside the town, a superb sports facility with indoor fun and competition pools, health and fitness suites, indoor bowls and a wide range of outdoor activities.


Noble’s Park – beautiful park and gardens with crazy golf, tennis & refreshment facilities. The park is also home to the TT Grandstand, the focus for motorsport on the Isle of Man.


Port Erin - Port Erin is the largest resort in the south and is a popular holiday destination, offering both hotel and self catering accommodation. The promenade overlooks one of the most scenic bays on the island surrounded by the rugged coastline. A sandy beach that shelves very gently, which is superb for children, complements the bay.

An added attraction to Port Erin is the excellent range of small individual shops and the town is also home to the Erin Arts Centre, where the world famous Manannan International Festival of Music and the Arts is held every summer - a gathering of world class artists. During the remainder of the year many other productions are held in these intimate and very special surroundings... an experience not to be missed.


Port St Mary – just along the coast from Port Erin, Port St Mary also has a very good and safe beach for children. The walking and views around the inner and outer harbour are relaxing and for those who prefer something more challenging, the walk from the “Port” to the Chasms is stunning.


Peel – the ancient capital of the Isle of Man retains a traditional atmosphere and sits prettily around its old harbour with Peel Castle on the hill above. The castle ruins by the harbour sit in an impressive location with views out to sea and fresh fish (especially kippers and crabs) are landed by fishing boats daily.


Ramsey – a sleepy little harbour town tucked away in the north of the island and the end station for the electric tram. Pay a visit to the Grove Museum and Gardens – the house is a time capsule from the Victorian era and also has a display of vintage vehicles and agricultural equipment.


Laxey – apart from the famed Laxey Wheel, the village of Laxey itself is worth a stop. A sleepy village set around a small, picturesque cove.


Castletown –Castletown was the ancient capital of Mann. Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s most complete medieval castles, dominates the town and a walk around the quaint old harbour will pass a pleasant hour or two.


St Johns – the home of Tynwald Hill, the place where the island’s parliament meets once a year and holds and open air session of the House of Keys. This is an important day for the island and an official bank holiday. Close by is the Tynwald Mills Craft Centre, which offers over 30 shops selling everything from toys to fashions.


Ballalheanagh – just to the west of Laxey, the gardens at Ballalheanagh are a true delight.


Snaefell
– the highest mountain on the island. In summer, take the tram up to the summit and on a clear day, admire the magnificent views.


Niarbyl Visitor Centre – located near the village of Dalby on the west side of the island, the new visitor centre is situated on a coastal site of significant social, archeological and geological importance. This is a location of outstanding natural beauty and one of the most scenic coastal stretches on the island.