In Autumn

Seasonal shifts in the Isle of Man bring new flavours, sights, and sounds. With autumn just around the corner, there is something exciting to look forward to. 

Filled with the crunch of leaves underfoot, crisp air, peaceful walks, cosy cottage stays and open blue skies, it is the best time of year to relax and explore.

Don't hesitate to make your travel plans today so you can enjoy an extraordinary break; see the colours ripen, from green to burnt orange, caramels and chestnut browns and get inspired when you visit the Isle of Man. Getting here couldn't be easier, with a hassle free sail or flight from across the UK and Ireland.

Beautiful Glen Walks

Go sightseeing and explore the great outdoors

Take a trip and search through twisted trails, bound by coiled trunks and roots like gnarled fingers and explore new adventures. You'll often find these at the heart of our Manx glens, coastal or inland. With the rich, vibrant colours of autumn around you, it is a magical experience. The gentle flow of water is never too far away as these secluded areas are accompanied by rivers or streams, perfect for dogs to have a well-needed swim. Deep within the glens pour long forgotten waterfalls; watch them tumble over cragged rocks and follow their journey towards the sea. 

Hop Tu Naa

The weird and wonderful Isle of Man

Uncover unusual customs and superstitions at Hop Tu Naa, the oldest existing tradition on the Isle of Man and the Manx equivalent to Halloween. Celebrated on the evening of the 31st of October (Celtic New Year's Eve), many events take place Island-wide during the week of the festival, including wholesome fun at Cregneash's Traditional Hop Tu Naa. Whether it's carving a turnip lantern or learning the tale and songs of 'Ginny the Witch', you'll uncover curious customs and discover something new.

A Stargazing Paradise

Gaze up and marvel at the beauty of the world

Soak up the stars in one of the best stargazing spots in the British Isles at the height of its season. With 26 official dark skies sites located at a variety of locations across the Island, the Isle of Man offers the perfect opportunity to see the universe. Whether it's through your telescope or by the naked eye, you'll see something spectacular on your holiday. On rare occasions when the night is clear, the Northern Lights can be found lighting up the night, seen from the edge of the coast of the Irish sea or summit of hilltops. The low light pollution and crystal clear skies make it easy to spot starry pieces up above and beyond.

Railway Events

Take in the scenery from the summit

Surprise yourself when you board one of the Isle of Man's Railway journeys this autumn. Still running until the start of November, these trips offer amazing package deals for passengers and a great time you won't want the family to miss. Ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway and enjoy Pie in the Sky, or lunchtime Dining Carriages and Spooky Railway Rides; there is always something to keep you entertained during your holiday. Soak up the autumn colours and vibrant scenery as you travel through the Manx countryside.

Go Explore Cards are the ultimate multi-journey ticket and the best value way for sightseers to get around the Island. The card entitles the holder to unlimited travel on scheduled Isle of Man Transport bus and rail services for 1, 3, 5, or 7 consecutive days. 

Cosy Country Stays

Choose a place to unwind

Check in and snuggle up in a cosy cottage with your family, friends, or partner and relax during your holiday. Search from a wide array of accommodation for guests when you visit in the autumn season and ensure your stay is comfortable.

Facilities

Fitted with plenty of warm blankets, traditional wood-burner stoves and character, cosy country cottages are the ideal hideaway for when you crave that well-needed break. Enjoy breakfast alfresco or prepare a delicious dinner as a family, there are all the facilities you need to self-cater in style. And with many being located in the heart of the countryside or next to the sea, adventure is never too far away.

Arts, Crafts and a pinch of Culture

The Island’s distinctive culture and natural beauty inspire and continue to stir a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene.

Proudly positioned in the newly renovated Cultural Area of Douglas stands the Gaiety Theatre, the jewel in the Manx entertainment crown. Steeped in history and tradition, the Gaiety Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of work by the legendary theatre architect, Frank Matcham. First opened in 1900, the Gaiety Theatre underwent extensive restoration for 30 years to return it to its current magnificent condition. It's a stunning setting to enjoy a year-round calendar of plays, musicals, concerts and comedy shows or take a tour to truly experience one of the Island's finest Victorian attractions.

The National Art Gallery at the Manx Museum is an ever-changing and eclectic collection of works by past and contemporary Manx artists on an Isle of Man subject matter.

If you are looking to create, a number of venues and studios host art days and weekends or a place to make your own.

Museums

Step inside to discover the enchanting history of the Isle of Man

Covering over 10,000 years of history, the museums reflect the Island’s vast and exciting history. Witness the transformation from the Celtic Kingdom of Mann to a Victorian holiday destination through film, galleries, and interactive displays.

So whether you want to find out more about the Isle of Man’s culture and heritage at one of Manx National Heritage's sites, or explore the Island's aviation and transport history and the role it played in the First and Second World Wars you’ll find a museum to suit all interests.

Before travelling, always be sure to check for information on travel restrictions and opening times.

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