Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Site in Northern Isle of Man

Great Laxey Wheel

It's no exaggeration to describe the Lady Isabella Laxey Wheel, built in 1854 to pump water from a mine, as a 'great' wheel: it measures 22m across and can draw 1140L of water per minute from a depth of 550m. The la…
Top Choice Seafood in Douglas

Little Fish Cafe

Superb seafood presented in a variety of ways, from hake with mustard and lemon butter to a Kerala-style fish curry. For brunch, the Queenie Po'Boy – battered Manx queenies (queen scallops), paprika mayo and avocado…
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 Douglas

Manx Museum & National Art Gallery

This modern museum begins with an introductory film to the island's 10,000-year history and then races through it, making various stops including Viking gold and silver, the history of the Tynwald, the island's inte…
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…
Walking in Isle of Man

Isle of Man Walking Festival

A five-day walking festival held in early October; walks start in different parts of the island and are led by experienced walkers. In the evenings there are plenty of social events generally fuelled by the produce …
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.
Cocktail Bar in Douglas

Bath & Bottle

A cocktail bar styled like a gin joint from the roaring twenties – it does excellent cocktails and on Wednesdays at 8pm there are classic films in the Speakeasy Cinema.
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…