The Archaeology of the Isle of Man
Discover a wealth of sites across a wide range of history
Ellan Vannin – the Isle of Man – boasts a rich archaeological heritage from the Neolithic period and the Iron Age, a Celtic and Norse past, and times under the control of the Earls of Derby, the Dukes of Athol and then the British Crown. Add in the Great Laxey Wheel and Archibald Knox, and you’ll wonder why you’ve not explored before.
Day 1 - Douglas
We meet in Douglas, Isle of Man, at our hotel. There will be a welcome lecture from our expert this evening before dinner, which will give us an interesting introduction to the surrounding area.
|Hotel||Regency Hotel, Douglas|
Day 2 - King Orry’s Grave - Kirk Andreas
This morning we pay a visit to King Orry’s grave, a Neolithic chambered cairn, the Neolithic tombs at Cashtal yn Ard, and Ballafayle, which is also a Quaker burial ground. Kirk Andreas houses cross-slabs dating from the 7th to 11th centuries and Kirk Maughold is the site of an early monastery with Celtic and Norse memorials.
Day 3 - Peel - Tynwald Hill
Today, we start with the Neo-Gothic Kirk Michael church, which boasts an impressive collection of Norse crosses. Then we explore Peel Castle, which was originally constructed by Vikings in the 11th century, before moving on to the House of Manannan museum. Here, we will be guided through the island’s fascinating maritime, Viking and Celtic past. We also visit Tynwald Hill, which still plays a prominent role in Manx government, and Saint Trinian’s medieval church at the foot of Greeba Hill. This particular structure is known in Manx as the ‘Keeil Brisht’ and has long been associated with a folktale called ‘The Buggane of St Trinian’s’.
Day 4 - Balladoole - St Michael’s Isle
First up this morning is a visit to the Neolithic Meayll Circle, which is believed to have been built thousands of years ago, and also the village folk museum in Cregneash. Then it’s on to Chapel Hill in Balladoole to see an Iron Age fort, a Viking ship burial and a Celtic/Norse chapel. Afterwards, we visit Castle Rushen in Castletown and Rushen Abbey in Ballasalla before the chapel and Derby Fort on Saint Michael’s Isle.
Day 5 - Laxey Wheel
Our day begins at the Great Laxey Wheel – the world’s largest working waterwheel, which is also often fondly referred to as Lady Isabella and was built back in 1854. Moving on via Cronkbourne village, we visit Braddan cemetery, the Old Kirk Braddan to see the Braddan crosses. Afterwards, at the Manx Museum, we will have lunch and some free time to explore.
Day 6 - Douglas
After breakfast this morning, our tour comes to a close. We say our goodbyes and we make our way home independently from here.
Very good. Varied itinerary with expert guide who was full of knowledge and happy to answer questions. Friendly fellow guests and all wonderfully looked after. Guest The Archaeology of the Isle of Man , June 2022
Very Good, enjoyed and found out many new facts. Enjoyed seeing an area I did not know well. Guest The Archaeology of the Isle of Man , June 2022
Positive - excellent guide, careful oversight of less physically able passengers by both guide and tour manager, Caron. A convivial group to be with, exploring the key sites and monuments of the Isle of Man. Hotel staff helpful, room pleasant. Guest The Archaeology of the Isle of Man , June 2022
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- Field notes
- All taxes & gratuities
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single supplement||Availability|
|4 September 2023||AIOM230904||4 September 2023 (Monday)||9 September 2023 (Saturday)||Dr Andrew Foxon||£2,015
|£500||£150||Book your trip|