With a mild climate and a reputation for being a holiday island in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man is a frequently visited destination located on the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. It’s world-famous for its TT (Tourist Trophy) motorcycle race, which has been held since 1907. The first thing you will notice about the island is that it feels as though you went back in time. You can even take a ride on a steam-powered train. The Isle of Man is known for its diverse attractions, so tourists can spend their time whale- and birdwatching, exploring prehistoric tombs and Celtic crosses, or hiking mountain trails.
Travel information for the Isle of Man
The immigration rules of the United Kingdom apply to this self-governing island. Travellers are required to have a valid Canadian passport. While tourist visas are not required for stays of up to six months, you may be asked to show proof of a return ticket or sufficient funds for your stay. Business and student visas are required.
You have a number of options to get to the island. You can take the ferry from Liverpool or you can fly on the island’s airline, Manx Air, from many of the airports in the UK.
The official language of the island is English, and the official currency is the Manx pound, which is equivalent to the British pound. Major credit cards are also widely accepted.
Top sights on the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man TT race attracts thousands of visitors each year. If you are into racing, this is definitely something you will want to see in person. If you have an interest in aquatic life, you can spend hours scuba diving or being along the shore.
When you are not watching the races or exploring the aquatic life, be sure to visit the town of Douglas, the island’s capital city; Douglas Head, an outcrop overlooking the harbour along the beautiful Marine Drive; Castletown and Castle Rushen, a 13th-century royal residence; St. Patrick’s Isle and Peel Castle; and the Great Laxey Mine Railway and other island railways, which allow you to ride the rail across the island to take in its natural beauty.
You may also want to check out a ghost tour, on which guides will take you to the most haunted spots on the island, and the House of Manannan, where you can explore the heritage and history of Viking, Celtic and modern islanders.
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|Population (2012):||85,284||34,754,312 (2012)|
|Official language(s):||English, Manx|
|Diesel :||1.23 (2012)|
|Gasoline :||1.23 (2013)|