Lying roughly equidistant between Ireland, England and Scotland, the Isle of Man is a self-governing kingdom in the heart of the Irish Sea. Its culture is a rich mix of Gaelic, Viking and English traditions, although it boasts an unmistakable identity of its own, reflected by its own language (Manx) and by Tynwald, the longest continually active parliament in Europe.
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Things to do - Sights to See
In response to the Isle's copious amounts of variegated history, its tourist board set up the Story of Mann. This collection of Manx National Heritage attractions, between them attempt to cover all aspects of its ancestry. Examples include the House of Manannan, a Celtic and Viking museum that features a Norse longship amongst its collection. Also the isleted Peel Castle where the purported site at which Christianity first came to the island. Also Cregneash Village, a living museum and fully functional settlement inhabited by Manx-speaking townspeople.
There're still plenty of places not covered in the Story of Mann guide, however, including prehistoric sites like Meayll Circle. This megalithic, chambered tomb is located on the island's south-western tip. Here six pairs of Bronze Age graves were discovered.
Getting around has been made all the more pleasurable by a vintage transport system comprising steam locomotives, and horse-drawn and electric trams. One service even goes to the top of the Isle's highest mountain, the 2,000-ft Snaefell, where, according to legend, once can see six kingdoms: Mann, Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, and Heaven!
Every summer the peace and quiet is shattered by the Isle of Man TT: a world-famous motorcycling race run on public roads, held here since 1907