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Manx National Heritage Sites To Open for 2006 28 March 2006

    On Saturday 8th April, all of the Manx National Heritage ‘Story of Mann’ seasonal sites on the Island will open for the 2006 season.

    The process to recruit staff to operate the sites and help present the internationally acclaimed ‘Story of Mann’ has once again been successfully completed.

    The Story of Mann is an exciting presentation of the Island’s rich history presented through state of the art display techniques, touch-screens, model reconstructions and original artefacts, and can be explored at thirteen different attractions around the Island, starting at the Manx Museum in Douglas, which is open all year round.

    This fascinating experience continues at the House of Manannan, Peel Castle, The Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail, The Grove, Castle Rushen, the Nautical Museum, the Old House of Keys, the Old Grammar School, Cregneash Folk Village and Rushen Abbey, which are all open from Easter to October, in addition to the Sound Visitor Centre and Restaurant and the new, highly acclaimed Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre, which are both open all year round.

    Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager for Manx National Heritage, said:

    “After a great deal of work undertaken by Manx National Heritage over the winter months in preparing for the 2006 season and after the exciting developments which have taken place, it is a pleasure to once again re-open our heritage sites for the enjoyment of our many visitors.

    The Niarbyl Café and Visitor Centre, only opened at the end of last September, is our thirteenth Story of Mann site. Following a successful opening and winter period, we hope that our visitors will enjoy this stunning location and fine food throughout the season and beyond”.

    The new season brings with it a whole host of exciting events, including a Manx May Day event and our popular Hop tu Naa event at Cregneash; archaeological excavations at Rushen Abbey where visitors can also enjoy the annual Songs of Praise service, and the opportunity to step back in time for a ‘Strawberries and Cream Tea Dance’, an event held at Rushen Abbey which was particularly popular in the 1950’s, when visitors could dance and indulge in a legendary cream tea.

    Full details of all Manx National Heritage events are available at the website www.storyofmann.com, and in the summer ‘What’s On’ leaflet which is available at all Story of Mann attractions.

    An added benefit to the Story of Mann experience is the availability of Manx National Heritage’s highly popular 4-Site Pass, which offers huge reductions on the normal admission prices and can be bought from all seasonal site ticket offices, the House of Manannan and the Heritage Shop or reception desk at the Manx Museum.

    So there’s plenty of reason to visit the Story of Mann attractions this summer, with so much on offer for all the family and overseas friends.

    All of the Story of Mann attractions are open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, with the exception of the Manx Museum which is open Monday to Saturday. Seasonal heritage sites will be open from 8th April through to October 2006.

    28th March 2006

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