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Story of Mann
The Story of Mann is a collection of Manx National Heritage's attractions based around the culture, history and heritage of the Isle of Man.
Manx Museum The Story of Mann begins at the Island's Treasure House ('Thie Tashtee Vannin' in Manx), the Manx Museum. Located in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. The museum is also the home of Manx National Heritage and the National archive Library. Here visitors can follow the history of the island from 10,000 years ago to the present.
Rushen Abbey Moving south the Story of Mann takes us to the village of Ballasalla. There a once grand religious site existed. Now in partial ruins, Rushen Abbey tells its story through an interactive Museum and archeological site.
Castle Rushen Then it is on to Castle Rushen, the mediaeval (medieval) castle located in the old capital of Mann, Castletown. Once the home of the Kings and Lords of Man, it still remains in official use as a court house.
Old Grammar School The Story of Mann continues in Castletown at the Old Grammar School. Which started its life as a town church in around 1200 AD, and later became a school. Step back in time and experience the one room schoolhouse. Sit on the same benches used by children all those years ago.
Old House of Keys Continuing on in Castletown, the Story of Mann moves to the Old House of Keys. Once the seat of the Manx Government, the building now houses an interactive presentation where visitors can play a role in old style government.
The Nautical Museum The last stop of the Story of Mann in Castletown can be found at the Nautical Museum, where there is a wealth of history about the island's maritime past. Find out about the Peggy, the 18th century yacht with an interesting tale to tell.
Niarbyl Situated on the west side of the island in a remote location is the wonderful little bay of Niarbyl. The most recent addition to the Story of Mann. Get away from the action and enjoy a nice walk and maybe a light meal at the cafe.
Cregneash Village The Story of Mann now moves on to Cregneash, near Port Erin. This small village tells of Manx farmers and crofters of the Isle of Man. In Cregneash the old Manx way of life is preserved and many of the traditional Manx crafts, skills and traditions continue to be practiced.
Sound Visitor Centre On to the tip of the south at the Sound of Mann. There visitors can enjoy coastal walks, the Sound Visitor Centre and Cafe, as well as bird and seal watching.
House of Manannan Moving along to the west coast of the island. The Story of Mann continues in the city of Peel. Where the history of the Celts and Vikings can be experienced at the House of Manannan. An exciting interactive museum for all the family.
Peel Castle The Story of Mann continues in Peel on St Patrick's Isle at Peel Castle. There an audio tour takes visitors around the ancient islet and tells its long and troubled past.
Gibbs of the Grove (Rural Life Museum) And now on north and east, as the Story of Mann moves to Ramsey. There the Grove Rural Life Museum (Gibbs of the Grove) awaits visitors. Once a family home of the Gibbs, the house and lands now recreate Victorian life on the island.
Laxey Wheel The Story of Mann moves down south now and to the Great Laxey Wheel and Mines. Once known as the world largest waterwheel and deepest mines, the site now serves as a working memory to a once large industry.

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