North West – The Isle of Man

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The Isle of Man

1. Snaefell Mountain Railway

Built in 1895, Snaefell Mountain Railway runs from the village of Laxey to the highest point on the island, Snaefell Mountain, a height of 2036 ft and a distance of five miles. A one way ticket takes about 30 minutes and the views from the top are fantastic. The track is steep, with a gradient of 1 in 12, and a special third ‘fell’ rail is used for braking on the way down.

2. Lady Isabella – The Great Laxey Wheel

Designed by the Victorian engineer, Mr. Robert Casement, the Great Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex. The impressive 22m (77.5 feet) diameter structure found immediate popularity and has remained one of the Island’s most dramatic tourist attractions for over 150 years.

3. Cregneash Village Folk Museum

The National Folk Museum at Cregneash provides a living, working illustration of life in a typical 19th century Manx upland crofting community. The village now forms a centre for traditional farming practices and skills. Visitors can see the fields being worked with horse-drawn equipment, thatching of the roofs, dying of wool, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food.

4. Peel Castle, St Patrick’s Isle

Peel Castle, one of the Isle of Man’s principal historic monuments, occupies the important site of St Patrick’s Isle at Peel. The Castle’s Curtain Wall encircles the ruins of many buildings which are a testimony to the site’s religious and secular importance in Manx history. These include St. Patrick’s Church and the Round Tower from the 11th century, the 13th century Cathedral of St. German, and the later apartments of the Lords of Mann.

5. Scuba Diving Lessons on the Isle of Man

Mann Scuba Divers offers opportunities for complete novices or experienced divers who want to explore the Island’s coastline. Courses range from PADI Discover Scuba Diving and PADI Open Water all the way up to PADI Divemaster and Assistant Instructor. The Discover Scuba Diving sessions are perfect for anyone who wants to give it a try – and these are free for anyone subsequently enrolling for a full course.

6. Get active at the Venture Centre

Canoeing, sailing, kayaking, gorge walking, abseiling, climbing, raft building and archery are just some of the adventure activities on offer to children and adults at the family run Venture Centre. It’s unique location makes it an ideal venue for a wide range of outdoor pursuits. The glen to the north side contains the Centre’s purpose built assault course. Archery and Orienteering take place on fields next to the Centre.

7. The Manx Museum

The Manx Museum depicts the islands natural history, archaeology and social development with examples of famous Manx artists. The facilities are designed to provide an exciting starting point to explore the riches of unique Manx heritage throughout the Island. The fine series of gallery displays completes the stimulating and memorable Manx Museum experience.

8. Calf of Man Boat Trip

Sail to the remote and beautiful island of The Calf of Man from Port Erin or Port St Mary. Look for the information panels at the harbours for details of departure times and dates. These seasonal trips depend upon visitor numbers, weather and tide. If you are taking your own boat, Cow Harbour and South Harbour are the best landing places. There are wardens present on the Calf for most of the year who will be pleased to help you during your visit.

9. The Sound Visitor Centre and Restaurant

The Sound Centre was built by Manx National Heritage to provide catering and other facilities for visitors to The Sound. It’s a great location to relax and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. Sit for a while as you eat and drink, and learn to recognise the birds that pass by, watch the currents racing through the Sound or simply take in one of the best views in the British Isles.

10. Horse Drawn Tram Rides

A colourful summer sight on the Promenade since 1876, this sedate mode of transport is a testimony to Victorian engineering and endurance – and just as popular with today’s visitors. The 2 mile route from Derby Castle at one end of the prom to the Sea Terminal at the other, is served by the original rolling stock – the world’s oldest working trams.

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