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.
The influence of Celtic motifs on late 19th-century and early 20th-century designers is explored through Celtic Style, a free exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Archibald Knox. Best known for his homeware designs for the London department store Liberty, the Manx man was a leading exponent of the Celtic Revival movement (5 April 2014 - 7 February 2015, House of Manannan, Peel, IM5 1TA, manxnationalheritage.im).
Tucked away on an industrial estate near the airport, the Original Manx Fudge Factory is worth getting directions for. Watch the fudge and toffee makers at work before choosing between 21 flavours for the journey home. Open weekdays 9am-5pm in winter (6 Harmat Court, Balthane Industrial Estate, Ballasalla, IM9 2AU, +7624 244 201, manxfudgefactory.com).
Get away from it all by packing your binoculars and booking an overnight stay on the Calf of Man. An islet lying off the southwestern tip of the Isle of Man, this bird observatory provides basic seasonal hostel accommodation for up to eight people. manxnationalheritage.im