Port Erin has long been a popular family resort
Port Erin Beach
Picturesque Port Erin Beach is situated two minutes away from the hotel, just down the slope. The beach sits in a sheltered bay bordered by the tall cliffs of Bradda Head to the north. Its soft golden-white sand means Port Erin Beach is a firm family favourite. The beach has many facilities such as two swimming rafts, ice creams, cafes and kayak hire. There are also areas for rock pooling.
Ride on the Steam Train
Children will love travelling on the train line especially if they are Thomas the Tank Engine fans. Thomas and the Magic Railroad film was made here on the Isle of Man. Pretend you’re on the Hogwarts Express when you board the Isle of Man Steam Railway train from Port Erin to Douglas. You can even take a picture with the island’s very own ‘Platform 9 3/4s’ sign. A great way to explore the Island, sit back and take in the Manx scenery rolling past you on the one hour journey to the Island's capital. From here you can join the Manx Electric Railway or ride the Douglas Horse Tram.
Experience the fun of dinghy sailing! 7th Wave offer taster sessions for adults, youngsters, and families. They also offer Under 8s Get Afloat sessions and Youth Sailing Weeks.
Sit-on kayaks available for hire from April to October. You can book on the day or just turn up. Hourly sessions are available - subject to weather. Kayaks are for use in Port Erin Bay only. Buoyancy aids are provided. Children under 12 must be supervised by a responsible adult.
Try something new! This local child friendly company runs snorkelling courses for the whole family (over 8 years) and scuba diving courses for over 12s. They also have the Island's only diving club which welcomes divers and snorkelers under 18.
Beach Ranger sessions are a fabulous family activity in which you will get to explore some of the creatures that live in rock pools and on the sandy beach. Learn about the tough conditions and how they manage to survive anything the Irish Sea can throw at them.
Graded snorkel trail guides for various locations around the South of the Isle of Man. These guides can be printed either as a whole set or individually. Discover Diving can hire equipment and you can also hire an experienced snorkel guide to take you on any of the trails.
Port Erin Paddleboards offer a variety of different types of sessions as well as paddleboard and wetsuit hire. Look out for their Eco adventure tours.
Cregneash Village Folk Museum
Cregneash is a living museum of a farming and crofting community in the 19th and early 20th century with cottages and farmlands that could fool you into thinking you’d travelled back in time. See, touch, taste and smell the seasonal produce on the Garden Walk, meet a Manx cat who is probably keeping warm by a kitchen fire range and look out for indigenous four-horned Loghtan sheep! ‘Busy-bees’ nature explorer packs are free for children to borrow.
Old House of Keys
The fascinating former home of the Manx Parliament and centre of 19th Century political life on the Isle of Man. Meet the costumed secretary of this historic building; take a seat in the finely restored debating chamber; watch as the talking head of Mr Speaker and animated portraits of Members of the House come to life! Discover how democracy developed on the Isle of Man. Decide whether women should get the vote. Shout 'aye' for those in favour and 'no' for those against!
A fascinating Tardis like building. This tiny museum originates from the discovery of the 18th century yacht, the Peggy walled up in her boat cellar and now seen as being of 'extraordinary' maritime importance. Discover the Peggy and why she remained undisturbed for over 100 years and listen to the fascinating stories of Captain George Quayle. Visit the Sailmakers' Loft and see the many tools of this intricate trade, plus see model boats, fishing equipment and fascinating photographs. Take a seat in the Cabin Room built in the form of a naval warship of Nelson's day; encounter secret trap doors, panels, and architectural jokes, plus learn about the ancient vault next door.
Silverdale Glen, with the beautiful Silverburn River, has a play area, boating lake, and famous water powered merry go round (believed to be the oldest example of its type in the world). The merry go round was popular in the Victorian age and its horses date back to the early 1900's. There is no cost for riding on the merry go round and the lever control can be operated by the public. The Cafe building and Cregg Mill buildings hosts a cafe, craft studio and shop. There are paths through the glen leading past small waterfalls and over wooden bridges and lily ponds. You may also come across Monks Well, a perfect place to wish with a few coins.
Rushen Abbey has substantial remains to wander through and you can also see where archaeologists have uncovered even more buildings below ground. Take a stroll around the Abbey gardens, and follow a footpath to a 14th century Monk's Bridge in Silverdale Glen. The Interpretation centre will fill you full of facts about the place, There are a number of fun and creative activities and interactive displays, including the chance to dress up as a monk, try archaeology for yourself, plus watch film diaries and see excavations made by the professionals. There is a table full of musical instruments, a chance to build a pot, and a play barn called the Jam Factory, plus outdoor toys and a picnic area. A day out for the whole family that is educational and loads of fun, whatever your age.
Seal spotting at The Sound
From the southern tip of the island you can see Calf of Man, the 600 acre islet sitting just a stone’s throw from Isle of Man. This must be one of the best free things to do in Isle of Man for animal lovers because you’re likely to see seals sunbathing on the rocks. It gets windy, so warm up with a coffee or snack at The Sound Cafe.
Shona Boat Trips
Shona Boat Trips offer Calf of Man sailings and landings, wildlife, heritage and tourist charters from Port Erin Operating from May to September from the Raglan Pier in Port Erin, they offer a number of excursions including sailings to Fleshwick Bay and sailings around Port Erin bay. See sights such as the Bradda Mines, the Drinking Dragon, The Chasms, Chicken Rock Lighthouse, The Stevenson Lighthouses, The Sound and much more. See wildlife including basking sharks, dolphins, seals, porpoises and many different species of bird.
This tiny glen is nestled in the heart of the village and is a combination of Nature Reserve and Pleasure Park. Part of Breagle Glen forms an activity area with tennis courts, crown green bowling, crazy golf and putting, as well as a cafe. Next to it there is a Manx Wildlife Trust reserve with a small wooded area, a stream, bridges and a circular walk and is a thriving wildlife spot.
The Gemini Fishing Boat Charter is a twin engine 35 foot catamaran which makes it an excellent stable platform for all types of fishing trips. This is a very fun and memorable experience and a great chance to view the coastal wildlife and take photos.
Bear and Bisque It
Build your own Bear Workshop, Craft Shop & Studio and Pottery Painting Studio. Located on Church road, Port Erin. Join us in our craft & pottery studio or if something cuddly is more your thing, why not come and stuff your own teddy bear. We also have a super range of craft kits available as well as some gorgeous gifts.