The Isle Of Man
Right in the middle of the Irish Sea, there is a little island called the Isle of Man. It is breathtaking in its beauty, with glens, beaches and stunning views around every corner. The island is steeped in history and culture, and despite being such a small place, you will find plenty to do. For me, there is something so special about being by the sea. I always feel better mentally and physically when I am breathing in sea air and I find it so relaxing to watch and hear the waves crashing and the seagulls cawing. It is pure bliss. The Isle of Man is not short of beautiful beaches or sea views!
[Tower of Refuge and Sea Terminal, Douglas, Isle of Man]
If you watched my last video, you will already know that I grew up there and recently I took my baby boy for his first visit. Despite being half Manx, he had never been and I decided it was time to change that. I have some very fond memories of the Isle of Man and there is something so nostalgic about being on the island for me. Every time I go back, I find things slightly changed but still reassuringly similar. A lot of things from my childhood are long gone, but when I walk down the prom and look out into the sea, I feel like I’m home.
Travelling Around The Isle Of Man
[View from our hotel in Douglas, Isle of Man]
We stayed in Douglas, on Queen’s Promenade, in a lovely hotel room with a sea view. I found this to be the perfect starting point for getting everywhere. Public transport on the Isle of Man is excellent, with regular buses, steam trains and electric trams from Douglas so we had absolutely no problem getting around. As my boy is walking everywhere now, I didn’t take him out in his pushchair. He walked and when he was tired, I put him on my front in a baby carrier. Really, we had no need for a pushchair at all. The buses do have a pushchair space but I wouldn’t like to try and squeeze a pushchair onto the steam train or electric tram.
Things To Do On The Isle Of Man With Kids
[Queen’s Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man]
Before our visit, I spent a good amount of time looking at visitor guides and asking in local groups about good things to do with children on the island. Most of the suggestions I found were places I had already been to, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I have grouped what I found by town, to make it easier for anyone visiting to find fun things to do with their kids on the Isle of Man.
Electric Railway Museum
Home of Rest for Old Horses
Mann Cat Sanctuary
Murray’s Motorcycle Museum (I had to include this one because this used to be my house!)
Port St Mary
Onchan Pleasure Park
Groudle Glen Railway
Snaefell Mountain Electric Railway
Laxey Mine Trail
Point of Ayre (this is actually further North than Ramsey and not accessible by bus, but it is definitely worth a look if you can get there)
Peel Castle (I have a video of our visit here coming soon)
House of Manannan
Manx Transport Heritage Museum
Tynwald National Park and Arboretum
[Peel, Isle of Man]
Let me know if you have been to or plan to visit the Isle of Man. I’d be delighted to hear about it!