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Top Choice Castle in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Castle Rushen

Castletown is dominated by the impressive 13th-century Castle Rushen, one of the most complete medieval structures in Europe. You can visit the gatehouse, medieval kitchens, dungeons and the Great Hall. The flag tow…
Museum in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Cregneash Village Folk Museum

Until the early part of the 20th century, most farmers on the island engaged in a practice known as crofting – a social system defined by small-scale communal food production. This folk museum on a raised plateau on…
Italian in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Tuscany

Authentic Italian cuisine prepared in accordance with the principles of the Slow Food movement. The homemade linguine with pesto would pass muster with even the most critical Genoese.
Museum in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Old House of Keys

The former home of the Manx Parliament (lower house of the Tynwald) has been restored to its 1866 appearance – a key date in island history as it was then that the parliament voted to have its members elected by pop…
Bird Sanctuary in Port Erin & Port St Mary

Calf of Man

This small island just off Cregneash is on one of western Britain's major bird migration routes, and 33 species breed annually here, including Manx shearwaters, kittiwakes, razorbills and shags. Other species normal…
Archaeological Site in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Rushen Abbey

From Viking kings to ’70s disco, this abbey has lived its fair share of history. Founded in 1134, it was one of the island's most important centres of learning until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1534. In th…
Archaeological Site in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Balladoole Iron Age Fort

This collection of ancient monuments between Castletown and Cregneash includes a Bronze Age grave dating to 10,000 BC, a Christian chapel from around 900 AD and the remains of a 36ft-long Viking ship used to bury a …
Museum in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Nautical Museum

This small museum displays, among other things, its pride and joy, Peggy, a schooner built by politician and occasional smuggler George Quayle in 1791 and still housed in its original boathouse.
Historic Building in Castletown & Southern Isle of Man

Old Grammar School

Built as a church around 1200, the building was converted in 1570 to a boys' grammar school. The building was extensively restored in 2016 and 2017 and is open only by special request.
Museum in Port Erin & Port St Mary

Railway Museum

Port Erin's small Railway Museum reveals the history of steam railway on the island. There are guided tours on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.