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Top Attractions in Isle of Man

The Isle of Man is an island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. In 2016, it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The small island offers breathtaking scenery with verdant valleys and bare hills, rugged coastlines dotted with few pebble beaches. The small island, whose capital is the city of Douglas, is scantily populated, making it appealing for those who want to get away from the maddening crowds at the more popular tourist destinations.

Places to visit

Isle of Man tourist attractions include the capital city of Douglas and its secluded, quaint sea side villages.

• Douglas

The capital Douglas is where you will probably start your trip because the ferry comes in here. The city center, within walking distance, has all the usual shops, as well as the Manx Museum, the Gaiety Theater, and a Camera Obscura. One of the better known attractions on the Isle of Man is the horse-drawn tram. It only costs £3 to tour the waterfront on one of them.

As Douglas is the capital, most good restaurants and bars are located here. The absolute favorite is the Little Fish Cafe on North Quay. They serve mouth-watering scallops and seafood. North 14 is another good restaurant. For lunch and brunch, you can’t miss the Noa Bakehouse which is an artisan bakery. For a drink in the evening visit Bath & Bottle.

• Peel

Peel has a castle by the sea. A real medieval castle – well it is actually a ruin, but still quite impressive. You can take a walk if it is not too windy along the beach to the other side of the city.

House of Manannan is next to Peel Castle. It is a museum about the Celtic and Viking history of the Isle of Man, which includes a replica of a Viking ship. Manannan is a mythical god of the sea, which and guides you through the museum with a funny voice. The tour takes about an hour, but it is quite entertaining and gives you a better understanding of the island. Then you can visit the famous kipper factory right next door.

Peel also has a very nice harbor, filled with the sound of boats. Next to the harbor is the quayside Boatyard Restaurant offering seafood and steak and view of the marina.

• Laxey

Laxey is a beautiful beach and village, located in a valley, set into a beautiful landscape.

Laxey Wheel is the big thing in Laxey and an Isle of Man tourist attraction. It is a huge bright red water wheel which is located on the hill above the village, and you can go up to see the view. The Ballacregga Corn Mill Tea Room is ideal for lunch.

• Bride village

This little village does not reach most of the Isle of Man guides. But it’s definitely worth seeing. You can see the Ayre Point lighthouse in all of its splendor, with the hilly countryside and, of course, the sea. On a clear day, you can see very far and even see Scotland.

• Cregneash

Creagneash is a living example of crofting peasant community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.