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Isle of Man Holiday Guide

With a wealth of things to see and do and many attractions around the island to explore, the Isle of Man stands out as a must see destination for a short break. The island is a mecca for motorsport enthusiasts with the world famous Isle of Man TT race one of many popular road racing events held annually.

For the foodie enthusiasts among you, sample a taste of the island with Manx Kippers, a popular local dish. Traditionally herring fillets are caught locally and smoked in old smoke houses, creating a unique taste that has made Manx Kippers a favourite with locals and travellers alike. The best place to try these is in Peel located along the island’s West Coast.

Accommodation on the Isle of Man is plentiful for the size of the island with a good selection of hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s to suit all tastes and budgets.

Basking sharks, the world’s second largest living fish visit the waters of the shore annually between May and August. Be sure to bring your camera though as you have a great chance of catching a glimpse of these great creatures of the coast of Peel, Port Erin or Niarbyl. As well as basking sharks you may also spot seals and if you are really lucky Puffin birds.

If you’re visiting the main town of Douglas, visit the Gaiety Theatre and Opera House and catch a show, you won’t be disappointed. First opened in 1900 and built to the designs of architect Frank Matcham, take a tour when here to find out even more about this impressive building. The newly refurbished theatre reopened in 2004 to include intimate concert halls, a cinema and a children’s play area. If you are interested in the supernatural, the theatre also organises ghost tours where you hear the story of the lady that haunts seat B14 – are you brave enough to take this seat?

On a visit to Isle of Man discover one of the most preserved medieval castles in Europe, the magnificent Castle Rushen. This impressive fortress was once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann and towers over Market Square, the central square of Castletown, the ancient capital of the Isle of Man. Head straight to the top of the castle for fantastic views and amazing photo opportunities of the surrounding area. With stocks, canons and an underground dungeon a visit to Castle Rushen will give you a real insight into life in the medieval times.

Head South West and explore the Calf of Man, a tiny rocky outcrop separated from the mainland. The visitor centre located at Port St Mary give you an unrivalled 180 degree view of the surrounding area. The waters that pass between Calf of Man and the Isle of Man enjoy swirling tides and attract keen kayakers throughout the year.

Be sure to visit the Cregneash National Folk Museum and wander around this ‘living museum’.  The tiny thatched whitewashed cottages are still inhabited and on the working farm demonstrations of traditional crafts such as weaving, blacksmiths and carpentry are carried out by skilled craftsmen, whilst the delicious smell of home cooking drifts out from the nearby tea room.

No trip to the Isle of Man is complete without a visit to the Great Laxey Wheel; designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water. Take the opportunity to watch the wheel turning, before climbing to the top to enjoy views over the Glen Mooar Valley. The Great Laxey Wheel is the world’s largest working waterwheel and at over 72 feet high, has been welcoming visitors ever since 1854.


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The Empress Hotel
Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020
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The Empress Hotel

The Empress Hotel

Central Promenade, Douglas, England
     
    4.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Good view of the sea front. Room was clean and fairly good size. Bar was accessible with good service.

    Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino
    Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020
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    Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino

    Best Western Palace Hotel & Casino

       
      3.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Seafront location very good, staff good. Rooms OK (extra cost for breakfast unwelcome and not taken). Most things in fair repair except heated towel rail not working.

      Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant €80
      Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020
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      Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant

      Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant

      13 Mona Dr, Douglas, Isle of Man
         
        4.5 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent all around, super views, good rooms, very good breakfast. Will come again.

        The Claremont Hotel €169
        Reviewed on 8 Mar 2020
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        The Claremont Hotel

        The Claremont Hotel

           
          4.2 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The finish of the rooms , public spaces , food and service

          The Sefton
          Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020
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          The Sefton

          The Sefton

             
            3.9 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This hotel had fantastic facilities I especially liked the Atrium area where the ambiance was so chilled that I could have sat there for a while. It would have been really nice if we had a room in that area with the balcony leading into the Atrium. To have a restaurant at one side and pub at the ...

            COMIS Hotel & Golf Resort €135
            Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020
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            COMIS Hotel & Golf Resort

            COMIS Hotel & Golf Resort

            Ballacutchel Road, Mount Murray, Santon, Isle of Man
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Lovely staff on arrival, The room was amazing, spacious, clean, coffee machine and kettle, four poster bed and huge shower and bath! Perfect nights stay will be back very soon!!

              Adelphi €62
              Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020
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              Adelphi

              Adelphi

              15 Stanley View, Douglas, England
                 
                4.0 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nice breakfast, very comfortable beds, friendly owners,

                Classic Lodges Ramsey Park €91
                Reviewed on 12 Jan 2020
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                Classic Lodges Ramsey Park

                Classic Lodges Ramsey Park

                Park Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man
                   
                  4.3 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  An excellent facility all round: Immaculately clean; well appointed; friendly, helpful staff.

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