Sometimes the very best discoveries are right under your nose, or in the case of the Isle of Man, just a short hop across the Irish Sea!
Situated between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the heart of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man can be reached by ferry or plane in as little as 30 minutes from the UK and Ireland. Full of colour, contrasts and character as well as friendly locals extending the warmest of welcomes, the Isle of Man is truly extraordinary.
The Isle of Man is also the first entire nation in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere, a proud testament to the richness and scope of the island’s awe-inspiring nature, its history, and vibrant culture. Indeed, the culturally curious are perfectly catered for thanks to its compelling history and heritage, ranging from museums and medieval castles to landmarks, legendary folktales and a vintage transport network serving half the island.
If you're more of an adventure seeker, this seabound nation is blessed with a stunning and expansive coastline as well as awe-inspiring natural beauty, making it an ideal playground for activities in and out of the water. With some of the British Isles' most breathtaking trails, it's also just the place for walking and hiking, whether you're an ambler, rambler or serious hiker.
If that's not enough to whet your appetite, the island’s rich flora and fauna inspires a flourishing artisan food and drink scene. From pure ales and craft spirits to succulent seafood and other Manx delicacies – Manx Loaghtan Lamb, Queenies and smoked kippers to name but a few - it’s perfect for the foodie in everyone!
Make the Isle of Man your next escape.
Just a short flight from mainland UK and accessible from a wide range of regional airports or alternatively, you can travel by fast sea cat from Liverpool in around 2½ hours or conventional ferry from Heysham in around 4 hours.
The Isle of Man is a truly year round destination. In Spring the island's natural beauty comes to the fore; in summer the long hazy days bring the island to life; autumn sees a kaleidoscope of colours in the magical vistas and landscapes; while winter is a great time to get together with loved ones or friends for a breath of fresh coastal air.
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Indulge in a spot of afternoon tea at the Piano Bar Lounge or Conservatory of The Empress Hotel (see page 92). Includes a choice of tea’s or coffee, sandwiches, cakes and treats!
Join an hour long tour aboard a trike and follow sections of the famous TT race route. From Douglas travel through the outskirts of Onchan, wind through the Creg Na Baa back road. You’ll also follow the TT Mountain Course back into Douglas, passing the Grandstand and start/finish line before returning to base.
A 14 day Heritage Pass gives unlimited access to Manx National Heritage sites: House of Manannan, Castle Rushen, Old House of Keys, Nautical Museum, Rushen Abbey, Cregneash National Folk Museum, Peel Castle, Grove Museum and the Laxey Wheel. Some sites open only during the summer season or may have limited opening hours outside peak months. Members of the National Trust may have free entry to Manx National Heritage sites.
From £35 per adult or £19 per child
Go Explore Pass tickets allow unlimited use of the steam railway, mountain railway, horse drawn trams, electric train and the buses on the island. Trains and trams generally operate from Easter-September only - please check for exact dates. Prices shown are for 3 day pass however 5 and 7 day passes are also available:- 5 day pass from £50 per adult, £25 per child 7 day pass from £63 per adult, £32 per child
From £45 per adult or £22 per child