Featured Locale: Isle of Man

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About Isle of Man
Known locally as simply “Mann,” this tiny island in the Irish Sea is sandwiched between Northern Ireland and England. Mann is known for is Gaelic heritage and is home to a dialect of the language that is considered nearly extinct. Heavily into sports, the island is home to Cammag, an early form of football, played island wide with anywhere from 200-400 players. The Isle of Man is considered by many to be the road racing capital of the world and hosts a huge annual motorcycle racing extravaganza for two weeks during the summer months.
Island Castles
Castle Rushen was built around 1200AD by Norse kings and is considered to be the best-preserved medieval castle in the world. Throughout the ages it has been used by the island locals as living quarters for the aristocracy, a mint, and a prison. Today, visitors can tour the castle, hear the stories, and see preserved rooms spanning from the castle’s construction to present day. Tickets are $6 for adults. Check out their website: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/attractions/castle-rushen/.
Peel Castle overlooks the marina with a captivating panorama view of the island. Built in the 11th century by Vikings, the structure has stood the test of time. Visitors can view crypts, a clock tower dating back to the castle’s construction, and hear stories of the castle ghosts. It’s also a great spot to see basking seals along the coast and sharks. Tickets are $5 for adults. Here’s a link to the website: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/attractions/peel-castle/.
Gaiety Theatre
In addition to serving as a great nightlife experience, this theater is a beautifully restored Victorian-era building is one of the island’s most popular attractions. Before you see a show, take the tour to learn about the history of the theater and how it came to be what it is today. Then select a production, take a seat, and experience theater life as it would have been in Victorian times. Here’s the website: http://www.villagaiety.com/gaiety-theatre-tours/.

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