The Isle of Man is a much loved destination, affectionately known as the jewel of the Irish Sea. You can arrive by plane or take a short ferry ride from Ireland or the UK and get around on a great rail and bus network. The best way to see all that the Isle of Man has to offer is to buy a heritage tickets, that will give you access to many top tourist attractions and places of beauty.
First stop is a traditional steam train ride to Castletown, along part of a fantastically preserved heritage line. The Isle of Man boasts an impressive network of heritage railways powered by steam, electricity and even horsepower. The trains are well over 100 years old and certainly offer a sense of nostalgia. Castletown was capital if the Isle of Man until the late 1800s, until Douglas took over, and is a popular town for tourists to stay. The town is dominated by Castle Rushen, one of the best examples of a medieval castle and is now a museum that attracts thousands of visitors each year. You can head down to the dungeons, wander around the grand banquet room or take a guided tour, so that you do not miss out on any of its great history. If you are a lover of museums, head to the Nautical Museum too, where you can see the18th Century ship, that was brought to the museum in the 1930s and is affectionately known as Peggy. Peel Castle is also a must see attraction, for those who cannot get enough heritage. Laxey Wheel is another tourist hotspot, designed by Victorian engineer Robert Casement in 1854 to pump water from Glen Moaar which was part of the miner industry.
Once you have toured of the wonderful indoor attractions, it is time to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. At the most Southern point, you will find The Sound of Man, a narrow channel that runs between the Isle of Man and the Isle of Calf. The area is very picturesque and offers unique photo opportunities. There are lots of coastal paths to choose from, with something to suit all capabilities. You can even enjoy a horsehide along the coast or take a ride inland, if you prefer. Another beauty spot to head to is Tynwald National Park, where you can wander around The Arboretum and enjoy 25 acres of relaxing countryside. To continue with your wind down, you can take a stroll along Douglas harbour and enjoy a coffee at one of many cafes and restaurants, to grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by. The White House pub is traditional Manx establishment, where you can enjoy locally brewed ale and a packet of crisps. If you are looking for a more substantial meal, The Harbour restaurant serves up seasonal seafood of the highest order, including local Queenie scallops to die for. Complete you stay with a trip to the Gaiety theatre, first opened in 1900, and then kick of your shoes and enjoy a stay at one of the intimate farm cottage s on the island.