Things to do with the kids on the Isle of Man

With the summer holidays just around the corner, there’s no better time to plan a getaway with the kids, and the Isle of Man has so much to offer. Here are our top suggestions for family fun on the Isle of Man, whatever the weather!

Things to do outdoors on the Isle of Man

If you love getting outdoors, you’ll love the Isle of Man with it stunning scenery, hidden glens, long stretching beaches and more.

Burn off some energy at Glen Wyllinn park, just down the road from our Fuchsias cottage on the west coast of the island. A little further afield is The Curraghs Wildlife Park which has penguins, meerkats and many more animals for your family to see and even feed!  

A little further north, you can try your hand at kayaking at Mooragh Park in Ramsey or take advantage of the countless children’s play areas in parks around the Island.

We also have 18 national glens, such as Bishopscourt Glen – a magical glen with its own secret cave! Explore our glens and why not take along a picnic, too?

If you have a taste for heights then head up Snaefell, the island’s only mountain. It is said that on a clear day you can see seven kingdoms from the top. These are England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with the Isle of Man itself, the sea and heaven.

And by virtue of being an island, we are surrounded by sandy beaches! These natural playground are the perfect location for family fun, whether it’s sunny sandcastle building or enjoying the view of the epic Irish Sea in less fair weather.

Things to do indoors on the Isle of Man

But if the weather does turn against you then there is plenty to enjoy indoors too.

The Railway Museum will teach you all about our proud tradition of railways here. We have a steam railway in the south of the island, perfect for a day out travelling by train.

Our electric railway takes you from Ramsey to Douglas by tram, and when you get there you could always ride the famous horse tram along the promenade!

If dungeons and medieval knights are more your family’s thing, then head to the south of the island and visit Castle Rushen in our medieval capital of Castletown.

It was built around 1200AD and is beautifully preserved from its base to its roof, where you can brave the rain and take in the view.

Manx National Heritage offers a number of indoor museums and historical sites, perfect for soaking up some family fun and culture when the weather’s not on side, so their website is well worth a visit if you’re planning a holiday to the Isle of Man.