The Isle of Man's Unique HeritageWith a rich history dating back to before 6500 BC, the Isle of Man has huge appeal for both tourists and those wishing to make the Isle of Man their home.
Motorbikes and tailless cats aside, the Isle of Man holds hidden gems to satisfy any desire. Here, Darrel Tinnion, Business Development Manager of Visit IOM, explains the endless appeals of the Isle of Man:
The natural beauty of the island attracts many visitors, but the people and the culture offer as much diversity as the land. Locals are incredibly proud of their Manx roots. In many areas of the island, particularly around Peel and the ancient capital of Castletown, you'll be reminded of the strong Celtic and Viking history.
Located in the ancient capital is Castle Rushen (‘Cashtal Rosien’ in Manx Gaelic), is one of the most well preserved medieval castles in the world. After visiting the museum within the walls, and you can round off your trip by heading up the spiral staircase for breath-taking panoramic views. Peel Castle is another fine example of the Island's Manx heritage and a perfect stop for photos of the magnificent vista across Peel Marina.
Locals love to make the most of the beautiful landscape by keeping as active as possible. There is no shortage of activities available for families, friends and couples. From scenic walks to shipwreck dives, or whale watching to mountain biking, there is something for everyone on this special Island.
The motor racing history is of course what the Island is renowned for around the world, with the Isle of Man TT, the Festival of Motorcycling and several rally events attracting thousands of visitors every year. Experiencing the rush of these events is an amazing addition to any trip.
Whilst Motorsport is hugely popular, other cultural attractions, particularly in the capital of Douglas, are must-visits. The Gaiety Theatre, built in 1899 by Frank Matcham, is located in the centre of Douglas Promenade and hosts plays, musicals, concerts and comedy shows all year-round.
Just a short walk from the theatre is Sayle Gallery. Sayle Gallery has a stunning range of art and exhibitions, and as an added treat, the featured artists are frequently on site and available to talk about their work. The gallery also plays a part in the island's first and only festival of visual arts, which has been a huge success over the last six years.
A short walk down the Promenade is the 4-star Palace Hotel and Casino, providing travellers with everything they will need and even more that they want. The Palace’s amenities include a casino, bars, restaurants, a health club and cinema. If you’re after a more traditional stay, you must try the Sefton Hotel. Restored to its beautiful Victorian roots, the hotel is well equipped and offers absolutely delicious, award-winning food.
Great food and drink is part and parcel of island life, with Douglas boasting several high-class restaurants including Tanroagan, providing the best fresh fish, and 14North, which sources the finest local ingredients. The Hooded Ram Brewery Bar also provides an all-around Isle of Man experience with award-winning ales and more fantastic food.
Come explore the Isle of Man for yourself. Whether you want to come for a long weekend or give full-time Island life a try, get in touch with Visit IOM for both travel and accommodation bookings.