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Culture & Heritage

The Island’s unique culture and heritage make it the magical, fascinating place it is today. Locals are fiercely proud of their Manx roots and you won’t fail to be captivated by their stories and customs – or indeed the huge number of perfectly preserved Manx National Heritage sites, museums or railways to visit.

Everywhere you go you’ll find a reminder of the Island’s rich Celtic and Viking history, particularly around Castletown – its ancient capital – and the sea port of Peel. Immerse yourself in culture at every opportunity, whether it’s taking a trip on the Steam Railway to Port Erin or treating yourself to a pint of Manx ale and a plate of Queenies. And remember to say ‘hi’ to the fairies who reside at Fairy Bridge in Santon when passing by if you want to avoid a curse being put on you!

Another nod to the Island having been shaped by its heritage is the Wedding Cake in Douglas, or rather 'Tynwald’, the Manx parliament building. The oldest continuous parliament in existence in the world today, you can even watch a sitting of the Court, the House of Keys or the Legislative Council before heading to its first political home, Castle Rushen, to see how things used to be done.

Visiting the Story of Mann Heritage Trail is a must if you want to embrace Manx folklore and culture, and even try your hand at learning a few words of Manx Gaelic. Learn about the legends whose legacies still live on today including Manannan Mac Lir, the Celtic Sea God and allegedly the first ‘man of Man’, and the Moddey Dhoo, the ghost of a dog that used to terrorise the guards protecting the walls around Peel Castle.

Whether you’re coming with children or just visiting as a couple, you’ll return home having been captivated by its people, its fascinating, historic buildings and its picture-perfect scenery. But remember, with so many attractions to explore and things to experience, make sure you leave enough room on your camera!