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Culture and Heritage

Situated between the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, in the middle of the Irish Sea, you'll find our beautiful Island.

Blessed with an extensive coastline, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches, the Isle of Man is a perfect holiday destination that's within easy reach of the rest of the British Isles.

Visit the Island and you'll find a place full of contrasts and character. Whether you're looking for an action packed break, relaxing holiday or the perfect family holiday destination, you'll find it here.

With a wealth of things to see and do, places to visit and a packed entertainment programme - whether you're passionate about history and culture, wildlife, sport or heritage transport - you'll never be short of something to do.

For the thousands of visitors who are welcomed here year after year the Isle of Man is an unforgettable holiday and short break destination – will you be next to fall under its spell?

Fiercely proud of its diverse culture and fascinating heritage this sea-bound kingdom has a captivating story to tell – one which stretches back for thousands of years.

Legend has it that the Island's name comes from the Celtic sea god Manannan Mac Lir who protected the land from invaders by shrouding it in a cloak of mist.

It is these folklore stories, and the history that follows, which are carefully safeguarded by the Manx people to ensure the Island doesn't lose any of its unique charm of character.

A visit to the Isle of Man will be a voyage of discovery and will present the chance to explore Celtic crosses and ancient Viking burial grounds as well as a number of heritage landmarks which tell the Story of Mann.

You'll also hear tales of giants, fairies and brownies - which were said to intervene in the lives of ordinary people – and although times have changed many of the original customs and superstitions live on. Don't forget to say 'Hello' to the fairies as you pass over Fairy Bridge!

Modern day culture is well showcased throughout the year with a packed programme of entertainment including the annual inter-Celtic festival – Yn Chruinnaght – where the native Manx Gaelic language, song and dance is celebrated.

The Isle of Man's strong identity is due in part to its independence and the fact that the Island is self-governing. It has the oldest continuous parliament in the world, Tynwald, which dates back over 1,000 years. You can tour the Tynwald building and visit Tynwald Hill – where parliament meets in the open air once a year.

Your visit to the Isle of Man really will be a fascinating and unique experience!

Faced with the difficult choice of our daughters remaining at a perfectly good state school in the Isle of Man, we chose to send them to King William’s College to study the International Baccalaureate. The outcome in both cases was a resounding endorsement of our decision, since King William’s College operates and delivers at a different level.

Past Parent of two 6th Form Students