The South of the Isle of Man is a great place to visit or base yourself in during your trip to the island. As well as having several stops on the Manx Steam Railway it is also home to a number of Manx National Heritage sites.
In Ballasalla the remains of Rushen Abbey sit in the abbey gardens having been gifted by King Olaf I in 1134. Originally the home of the Sauvignac Order of monks, Rushen Abbey became the main location for the Isle of Man's religious power as well as housing literature and information for the island.
During your visit the interpretation centre will tell you and your family the history of this heritage site through the ages from the 1180's onwards. In addition you can visit the Abbey Gardens and view the remains of medieval buildings as well as the various herbs and flowers found there.
If you get hungry while visiting there is also the Abby Restaurant on site serving a range of dining options and, if you fancy a walk, a nearby footpath will take you through to Silverdale Glen where you can enjoy walking or take part in craft activities such as pottery painting.
Further information can be found on the Manx National Heritage website.