Cheap flights to Isle of Man
Sleepy Victorian villages, stunning rugged coastline and even the odd steam train or two; the Isle of Man is a slice of Britain from days gone by. Famous for its offshore bank accounts as for anything else, the Isle of Man is a surprisingly unspoilt gem of an island in the middle of the Irish Sea. At 365 square kilometres, this place is a microcosm of all things British. Well set foot on this island and you’ll come across swathes of leafy valleys, rolling green hills, heather covered moorland, and a healthy amount of woodland for starters. And that’s not mentioning the coastline, which is a mix of rugged beauty and picturesque sandy coves.
With its 17 national glens and never-ending network of footpaths let’s just say this is the place to be if you like the great outdoors. Make sure you pack those walking boots, oh, and your 5 iron – did we mention there are nine golf courses here too?
The Isle of Man is one of the best places in the British Isles to star gaze, boasting 26 Dark Sky Discovery Sites including the Sound, its southernmost tip. Wrap up warm and look to the skies.
Discover the island's role in housing internees during the First World War as part of a free exhibition, This Terrible Ordeal, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict.
Until January 2015 (The Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, IM1 3LY, manxnationalheritage.im).
Craft lovers will find it impossible to leave the "haberdashery heaven" that is Sweet Ginger Emporium empty handed. Stock up with beautiful bold fabrics, new patterns and quirky kits for your next project (68A Parliament Street, Ramsey, IM8 1AJ, sweetgingeremporium.com).