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Visitor Attractions on the Isle of Man – there is really something for everyone!

Climb the Great Laxey Wheel and view the surroundings from the top of a water wheel over 70ft high. Or visit a ruined castle on the Isle of St. Patrick near Peel where tales of vikings, monks, and a ghost dog are told.

Visit a Traditional Manx working factory producing Manx tartan, or find out how Manx kippers are made. The Isle of Man has a great many opportunities for shopping, and a diverse range of cafes and restaurants, too.

Roy Cottage is a wonderful location as a base for your holidays. By car, bus or rail all the Isle of Man Tourist attractions are a short journey away.

The Laxey Wheel, Laxey

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The Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known), was built in 1854 and turns majestically in the peaceful Glen Mooar Valley, where she proudly stands as the largest surviving working waterwheel in the world.

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Laxey Woollen Mill, Laxey

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A traditional working Manx woollen mill and shop where you can see genuine Manx tweed being woven on double-width and power looms. Best known for their Manx Tartans and used to make a variety of items from hats, scarves and kilt skirts to capes and rugs, the Mill was founded by John Ruskin in 1881.

 

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Camera Obscura, Douglas

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The Great Union Camera Obscura shows a fantastic panoramic living picture of the whole of Douglas Bay. Popular in the Victorian times as a tourist attraction, it is now one of only four remaining in the British Isles.

 

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Mann Cat Sanctuary, Santon

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Mann Cat Sanctuary provides a comfortable, loving home in a free-roaming environment to unwanted cats and other animals and is opened to the public for viewings. The residents enjoy a free roaming policy enables the cats to choose where they would like to live and encourages natural behaviour.

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Peel Castle, Peel

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Overlooking picturesque Peel harbour is the ancient castle and island fortress of Peel Castle set on St Patrick’s Isle, holding within its walls a wealth of history.

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Ballachurry Equestrian Centre

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This friendly, family run equestrian business has been happily snowballing along for over a decade now, offering riders of all ages and abilities the most diverse range of riding activities on the Isle of Man with that extra little added sparkle.

Today Ballachurry Equestrian Centre benefits from having staff with over 35 years experience within the equine industry, gaining an excellent reputation along the way, for being run by “riders “ for “riders”. Even if you have never sat on a horse or pony, Ballachurry Equestrian Centre are happy for you to have a try.

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House of Manannan, Peel

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Manannan is the Island’s great mythological sea god and protector who guides visitor round this interactive heritage centre which uses audio, video and state-of-the-art display techniques to show how early Manx Celts and Viking settlers shaped the Island’s history.

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Kipper Factory. Peel

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Kippers are extremely popular in the Isle of Man. Thousands are produced annually in the town of Peel. The Kipper Factory is a family business with a shop. The tours take visitors through the entire kipper making process.

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Tynwald Hill, St. John’s

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The Isle of Man is believed to have the longest unbroken parliament in the world. On Manx National Day (normally the 5th of July), the government for the Island go out to Tynwald Hill in St Johns to read a summary of the laws passed over the last year. Inside a small building next to the Chapel of St John lies the Tynwald Exhibition marking the traditions of the site.

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Tynwald Mills, St. John’s

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The Tynwald Mills offer a variety of outlets in a picturesque setting, offering everything from home and garden products, quality clothing, toys, crafts and art. There are two cafes to pick from, as well as a picnic area and playground.

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Curraghs Wildlife Park, Nr Ballaugh

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A well designed park, including nature trails of local wetlands where butterflies, birds and other wetland insect and animals can be seen. The animals live in large enclosures designed with their natural habitats in mind. Highlights include the feeding of the penguins and Meerkats.

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Ghost Walks, Douglas, Peel and Castletown

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Take a walk on the dark side of Island life through the twisting back streets and lanes of Douglas, Peel and Castletown. With the aid of local guides you will visit eerie castles, haunted streets and visit places of execution and public humiliation…

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