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The Great Laxey Wheel is the largest working water wheel in the world. The wheel was designed to pump water out of the lead and zinc mine. Some of the things you will see and do are: Learn about the lives of the Laxey Miners, enjoy panoramic views from the top of the wheel, wear a miners hat and go into the mine adit(entrance), take a walk through the stunning Glen Mooar Valley, see the historic mine buildings, follow the Mines Trail.
Overlooking the picturesque Peel harbour is the ancient castle and island fortress of Peel Castle. The castle was built in the 11th century by the Vikings. You are able to stroll around the castle’s extensive grounds and climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views of Peel and beyond as well as entering the 16th century Great Garrison Hall. The castle is a good spot for seal and basking shark spotting.
The Sound visitor centre is set in one of the islands most scenic areas overlooking the natural wonders of the sound and the 'calf of man'. The large cafe, which has been built into the headland, offers 180 degree panoramic views of the surrounding area and is perfect for those looking for a full meal, light snack or just a cup of tea. Adjoining the café is the visitor centre which contains a wealth of information about the history of the area including the Calf of Man which is an Island directly opposite.
Rushen abbey is now a heritage centre with a building containing artefacts and telling the history of Rushen Abbey and the surrounding area. The remains of the original abbey have been restored and walkways constructed to allow visitors to get a close look. Between April and October the abbey is open to the public
The castle has had many uses including: a home for kings, official offices and a jail. There is a large courtyard area with wooden buildings, stocks, and canons. There is a film presentation before walking around the castle. Be prepared for a lot of steps and most of them rather narrow spirals staircases. There is no guided tour.
Curraghs Wildlife Park is situated in the Northwest of the Isle of man and is on the edge of the Ballaugh Curraghs. The Ballaugh Curraghs is an important wetland area of International importance.
The park has been divided into continents and the habitat in each has been adapted to mimic the continent. Paved pathways lead visitors through the enclosures and the animals are free to roam. You won't find any dangerous animals in the enclosure but you will see otters, racoons, wallabies, etc. It is more like a park than a zoo. There is a miniature railway, a butterfly trail and a large covered aviary that you walk through while birds fly overhead.
The Isle of Man TT race is an annual time trial event held each year around the end of May / start of June each year. The race takes place on 37 miles of public roads around the Isle of Man closed for racing purposes.
The first week is practice week and many spectators take the opportunity to tour the Snaefell mountain course on the Sunday between the practice week and race week. The second week is race week and there are several categories. If you enjoy motor cycle racing this is a must for you.
Onchan Pleasure Park is a small park with a number activities suitable for all ages including, Motorboats, Bumper boats, Putting, Crazy Golf, Miniature Golf, Swing Ball, Battery Operated Kiddie Cars, Mini Marina, Crown Bowls, Flat Bowls, Tennis, Lady Taverners Playground.
Snaefell Mountain Railway is an electric mountain railway that travels 5 miles from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell (2,034 ft), the highest point on the island.
The Isle of Man Railway is a narrow gauge
Situated in a small picturesque glen, just north of Douglas is the Groudle Glen Railway & the Sea Lion Rocks Tea Rooms. Steam trains run from the tree lined glen out onto the clifftops, where you can visit the new visitor centre and enjoy afternoon tea in stunning surroundings.
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