The Isle of Man has a rich ancient history with numerous heritage sites such as Castle Rushen and Peel Castle located around the Island. If you prefer your history a little more modern the Island also has a great wartime heritage as well.
One of the best locations to learn about this history is at the Manx Aviation and Military Museum, based in Castletown in the south of the Island. Open at weekends throughout the year, and every day from late May to September, entry is free making it an ideal place for a quick visit with the family while in the area.
Displays include many pieces of wartime memorabilia including a fully restored Morris-Commercial C9/B self-propelled Bofors 40mm gun, information on Jurby and Andreas airfields and the history of Manx Airlines.
There is also a more human side to the displays with one covering the history of the Isle of Man Home Guard and several smaller exhibits detailing the military services of individuals in the RAF, Royal Navy and Arm
If you enjoy watching planes go by, the museum has a colourful memorial garden that provides a sheltered spot for watching planes take off and land at Ronaldsway Airport.
The location of the museum make it ideally located as a quick stop-off point for your family during your holiday, either during a trip round heritage sites on the island, or even as a stop on the Heritage Steam Railway line between Douglas and Port Erin.
Further information can be found on the Manx Aviation and Military Museum website.