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Our History and Heritage category brings all Coast Radar’s Isle of Man listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of historic or heritage based activity.
Finding the best things to see and do on a day out with your family or friends is easy – simply explore the historic and heritage links below, hit the jump to my location button or use the search bar to plan your next Isle of Man activity.
- Tynwald Hill is the original assembly place for the Isle of Man parliament, Tynwald, is the scene of the annual ceremony in which the laws of the Isle of Man are proclaimed in English and Manx every July 5. Tynwald Day attracts thousands of spectators to watch the ceremony and participate in the Tynwald Fair.
- Castle Rushen is located in the Isle of Man’s historic capital, Castletown, in the south of the island, and is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in the British Isles. Today, it is run as a museum depicting the history of the Kings and Lords of Mann with most rooms open to the public during the season March to October.
- The Old House of Keys is the former meeting place of the House of Keys, the lower house of Tynwald, the Isle of Man’s parliament. It is located across the street from Castle Rushen in Castletown, the former capital of the Isle of Man, in the south of the island. The building is now a museum and has been restored to its appearance in 1866, which was chosen as it was when the ‘House of Keys Election Bill’ was passed, making the House of Keys an elected body.
- Peel Castle was built in the 11th century by the Vikings and stands on St Patrick’s Isle which is connected to Peel by a causeway. After the rule of the Vikings, the castle continued to be used by the Church due to the Cathedral of St German being located within the castle. The buildings within the castle are now mostly ruined, but the outer walls remain intact.
- The Manx Museum represents Isle of Man’s 10,000 year history and is depicted through film, galleries and interactive displays. The Island has a very interesting Viking, Celtic past and the more recent internment camps during the World War II and the world-famous TT races. The museum also has a cafe and shop.
- The Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is a large waterwheel built into the hillside above the village of Laxey in the Isle of Man. Designed by Robert Casement in 1854, the wheel has a 72-foot-6-inch (22.1 m) diameter, is 6 feet (1.8 m) wide and revolves at approximately three revolutions per minute.
- Cregneash is a small village in the extreme south of the Isle of Man, about one mile from Port Erin. Much of the village forms a Living Museum dedicated to the preservation of the traditional Manx ways of life. Annual Manx festivals are held in Cregneash and it is home to a flock of the rare four-horned Loaghtan sheep.
- Tynwald or more formally, the High Court of Tynwald or Tynwald Court is the legislature of the Isle of Man. It is claimed to be the oldest continuous parliamentary body in the world, consisting of two Houses: the directly elected House of Keys and the indirectly chosen Legislative Council.
- The Tower of Refuge sits on St Mary’s Isle, which is a partially submerged reef within Douglas Bay. The structure was built upon the reef on the orders of Sir William Hillary (who helped to found the Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in 1832. After several shipwrecks upon the semi-submerged rock, he wanted a refuge for survivors until help could arrive.