The island’s size, facilities and attractions make it an ideal holiday for families of all ages. Children can get in touch with nature or indulge their wilder side with outdoor activities, discover a range of historic and modern sights, or explore unspoilt shorelines, rolling hills and unspoilt glens.
The Isle of Man has plenty of sandy beaches that are perfect for an old-fashioned family trip to the seaside. A top spot for families is Port Erin, which is ideal for swimming and has lots of cafes and ice cream parlours nearby. For more details see our beaches page.
Days filled with fun, laughs and adventures are guaranteed at the many island attractions. Try out Mooragh Park in Ramsey, which boasts excellent leisure facilities including a 12 acre boating lake; there’s a large playground, go-karts, indoor play area, boating lake and much more besides to at Onchan Pleasure Park, while Curragh’s Wildlife Park has many animals to spot. Let’s not forget the impressive network of heritage railways which younger children are sure to enjoy as well as the fascinating Peel Castle and Castle Rushen. For more details see our heritage page.
Activities for all the family
The Isle of Man has lots of different activities for families, whether travelling with tiny tots, adventurous teens or anything in between, you’ll be sure to find something to keep everyone happy.
Take the opportunity to try watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing, stand-up paddeboarding or coasteering. Perhaps take a boat trip in the hope of spotting whales, dolphins, seals or even basking sharks, or perhaps head to one of the picturesque mountain and coastal glens for a ramble and picnic. For more details see our activities page.
At the end of long days of exploration and discovery, you’ll need somewhere comfortable to rest ahead of the next adventure, and you’ll find no shortage of great places to stay on the Isle of Man. Several hotels we work with have joined Visit Isle of Man’s “Families Welcome Scheme”, and each offer a range of services and extra provisions, so you can rest assured that the family will be well looked after.
If you want to be in the heart of Douglas, there’s the Best Western Palace, which boasts a fantastic leisure club, a two-screen cinema and choice of dining venues. Alternatively, consider the Sefton, which also has an indoor pool and offers family rooms; the Empress, The Mannin and Caledonia.
If you prefer a countryside location, then opt for the Comis Hotel & Golf Resort, where family interconnecting rooms are available.
If you like the freedom that self-catering gives you, then we’d highly recommend Groudle Glen Cottages, which offer both two and three bedroom options, an outdoor play area, direct access to the beach, and are set in one of the island’s most beautiful glens.