Welcome to the Isle of Man. Situated between the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, in the middle of the Irish Sea, you'll find our beautiful Island.
Blessed with an extensive coastline, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches, the Isle of Man is a truly beautiful place.
Known in myth as the ancient kingdom of the sea god Manannan, the Isle of Man was first inhabited by Neolithic settlers. Over the centuries the Island has belonged to the Celts and Vikings, Scots and English all of whom have helped to shape its distinctive identity.
We are a self-governing Crown Dependency and are part of the British Isles and the Commonwealth of Nations. We have our own parliament, Tynwald, which was established by the Vikings and is recognised as the oldest continuous parliament in the world. However, Her Majesty the Queen retains the title Lord of Mann.
The Manx people are proud of their parliament, history, folklore, customs, language and independence – for instance, the Island has its own flag, national anthem, currency and stamps – as well as Manx Gaelic, the Native language of the Island.
The Isle of Man is steeped in heritage, myths, legends and tradition. You'll hear stories of giants, fairies and brownies and Manx people will always say hello to the 'little people' when travelling past the Fairy Bridge.
The TT, the world's most prestigious road race, takes place on the Isle of Man in June each year and people come from all over the world to participate and spectate.
Isle of Man
Our bread with really good Manx vintage cheddar is to die for...