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Story of Mann

Story of Mann

The Story of Mann encompasses a series of linked sites as part of a project intended to enhance people's knowledge of the history and culture of the Manx people and their surroundings.

The sites focus on a range of time periods. The early history of Viking and subsequent Celtic occupation are well covered in the west by Peel Castle and House of Mannanan while Rushen Abbey and Castle Rushen help us relive the medieval period. Moving into more modern times, life in the 19th century can be experienced at Cregneash and the Laxey Wheel before the Manx Museum, the centrepiece of the award-winning project, brings us right up to the present day.

House of Manannan

Manannan is the Isle of Man's mythological sea god and in the House of Manannan he welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom and guides you through the Island's rich Celtic, Viking and Maritime past.

Here you can step inside a Celtic roundhouse, listen to our storyteller, watch Manannan speak from the gently falling waters of Spooyt Vane, stroll though a Viking longhouse from Cronk-ny-Merriu, gaze at mist rising through stone crosses and listen to stories which span over a thousand years.

You can also join the crew of Odin's Raven Viking longship, explore a 19th Century Peel quayside, discover the sights and smells of a Manx Kipper Yard, visit quayside warehouses and discover sailmakers', coopers' and chandlers' shops. Find out more -

Peel Castle

Overlooking picturesque Peel harbour is the ancient castle and fortress of Peel Castle set on St Patrick's Isle, where you can unwrap the layers of Manx history within the castle's magnificent walls. The Church of St Patrick and the Round Tower date from the 10th to 11th centuries. Find out more -

Castle Rushen

Situated in the heart of Castletown, the Island's ancient capital, Castle Rushen is one of Europe's most finely preserved medieval castles and fortress of the Kings and Lords of Mann.

Meanwhile, nearby, the Old Grammar School is a fascinating building dating back to around 1200AD when it was built as the first town church for the settlement that grew up around Castle Rushen, fortress of the Norse Kings of Mann and the Isles. Find out more -


The National Folk Museum at Cregneash is a living museum of a Manx upland crofting community including thatched cottages and farm buildings illustrating a traditional way of life around the 19th and early 20th century.

You can watch demonstrations of traditional farming and craft technique, step inside the Joiner's Workshop, visit Harry Kelly's famous cottage and smell bonnag cooking on the open fire, listen to some great Manx speakers in Ned Beg's Cottage, take a look inside the Farmhouse, walk the Farm Trail from Church Farm and so much more. Find out more -

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