Places To Visit - Historic Attractions

Castle Rushen

Castletown (Balla Cashtal) is the ancient capital of the Isle of Man and home to Castle Rushen.  One of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.

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Peel Castle

Set on St Patrick’s Isle and overlooking Peel Marina is the Island’s majestic fortress, Peel Castle.  Within its magnificent walls you will find layer on layer of Manx history.

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House of Manannan

Here, the Island’s mythological sea god, Manannan, welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom.  Let him guide you through the Island’s rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past.

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Manx Museum

The Manx Museum is bursting with artefacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man.  The Island’s 10,000 year history is presented through film, galleries and interactive displays. The perfect starting point on your journey of discovery around our Island and its Viking and Celtic past.

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Nautical Museum

Discover the story of the late Captain George Quayle, his eccentric boathouse and his most significant surviving creation ‘Peggy’.

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Rushen Abbey

Rushen Abbey was gifted by King Olaf I for use as a monastery in 1134.  The centre tells its story from 1134 to strawberry tea dancing and days of disco.

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Cregneash

Cregneash is a living illustration of a farming and crofting community in the 19th and early 20th century. You will see plough horses, Loghtan sheep, shorthorn cows, pigs and Manx cats.

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Grove Museum of Victorian Life

Built by the Gibbs, a wealthy merchant family from Liverpool as their summer retreat. Later it became the permanent family home.  The Gibb sisters, Alice and Janet continued to live in the house until their deaths in the 1970’s.  The house provides a real insight into the lives of this family from Victorian times to the 20th Century.

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The Great Laxey Wheel

The Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world.  A brilliant example of Victorian engineering she was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey mines. Today a climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across the Laxey Valley.

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Old House of Keys

The former home of the Manx Parliament and centre of 19th Century political life on the Isle of Man.  Animated portraits of Keys members and a simulated model of Mr Speaker bring the debating chamber to life.  The Secretary of the House welcomes you to join in the debates on law setting in this participatory experience.

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Old Grammar School

Built around 1200AD as the first church for the settlement that grew up around Castle Rushen.  Later becoming a school for boys as it is now depicted. It is the oldest roofed structure still standing on the Isle of Man today.

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iMuseum

Join us in discovering stories from generations of Manx families, objects and places on www.imuseum.ima digital museum making the process of researching your family and Manx connections much simpler, quicker and easier by bringing together a selection of archives into one digital resource.

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