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?
Take the kids to Cregneash Village open-air museum on 25-27 October, where they can carve a turnip lantern as part of celebrations marking the Manx festival of Hop-Tu-Naa, considered to be the Celtic New Year. Make a herb good-luck charm and pick up some traditional cookery tips, too (Cregneash, manxnationalheritage.im).
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).
Don't expect to buy fizzy water at the quirkily named Port Erin Gaslight & Aerated Water Company: this fun shop in Castletown is a treasure trove of unusual cards and gifts. The perfect place to pick up stocking fillers ahead of Christmas (2 Malew Street, Castletown, IM9 1AB, manxknobs.com/gaslight-shop).
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