The Isle of Man may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. The self-governing landmass in the Irish Sea is known for its dramatic scenescapes and fascinating folkloric history.
History and nature lovers will enjoy Isle of Man short breaks the most. The strategic location of the island means it’s been home to plenty of different groups throughout the years, from Normans to Saxons, Celts and Vikings. This means a hodgepodge of intriguing architecture is on show here, including the imposing Castle Rushen and the smaller, but no less impressive, Peel Castle.
Escorted tours will take you to see Lady Isabella, also known as the Great Laxey Wheel, the largest working water wheel in the world. Locomotive lovers will also get the chance to ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway. At five miles long, it’s been operating since the 19th century, and is the only electric mountain railway in the entire UK.
Of course, no trip to the Isle of Man would be complete without exploring the stunning nature on offer. The entire island (and surrounding seas) is a UNESCO Biosphere because of its unique flora and fauna. With so much to do it can feel like you’ll spend more time planning than holidaying, but with a Newmarket Holidays escorted Isle of Man tour you can be whisked around the very best of what this wonderful landmass has to offer.
With a tradition of hearty, comforting dishes, eating in the Isle of Man feeds the soul as well as the body.
One of the island's most-loved historical dishes, Spuds and Herrin' is comprised of herring and boiled potatoes. Once an important staple used to provide nourishment to the region's farmworkers, it remains a regular fixture on many dining tables today.
Considering it’s only a twenty-minute drive to get from the eastern coast to the western one, some might be surprised to find out the Isle of Man has seven breweries on its shores. However, once you take a sip of some of the local beer (especially after a long day of sightseeing) you’ll understand why they make so much of it.
Fresh, farm to table food is the name of the game on the Isle of Man. There are over 350 farms packed into the tiny landmass, and each delivers some of the best produce the UK has to offer.
If you're travelling to the Isle of Man from the UK, you do not need a passport. However, the airline or ferry operator you are travelling with may have a requirement to show it as photographic ID, so make sure you check before setting off.
It takes an average of 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach the Isle of Man via ferry from the UK. A number of airlines operate daily flights to the island, with an average flight time of one hour.
Located in the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom. Instead, it is a British Crown Dependency, just like Jersey and Guernsey.
The island's relatively mild climate makes it a good destination all year round. Despite being home to scenery as stunning as that found in places like the Lake District and the Scottish islands, the Isle of Man remains uncrowded even in the summer months. The exception, however, are the months of May and June, when the famous TT motorbike races attract tens of thousands of visitors to the island.
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