To celebrate the start of the 2014 visitor season, Peel Castle, Laxey Wheel and Castle Rushen will open to the public at weekends from tomorrow (Saturday) to Sunday, March 23, with the first weekend opening free to all visitors.
From March 29, the sites will open daily.
Timed to coincide with the half-term break, the weekend openings provide an opportunity to explore three of the island’s most iconic heritage sites outside the traditional season.
Edmund Southworth, director of Manx National Heritage said: ‘Late winter and early spring is often a beautiful time of year on the Isle of Man and we hope that both residents and visitors will enjoy the opportunity to visit Castle Rushen, Peel Castle and Laxey Wheel. Visitors to Laxey Wheel will also have the chance to learn about some of the repair and conservation work planned to take place to the iconic waterwheel.’
The House of Manannan, Manx Museum, Niarbyl and the Sound are open all year round.
The Steam Railway will also begin on Friday, March 7, and the Manx Electric Railway will start services on Friday, April 4.
Local residents planning to undertake multiple visits can join the Friends of Manx National Heritage, an annual membership is £30 and £20 for an additional adult at the same address, or buy a season pass, which provides access to all Manx National Heritage sites for a year for £20.
For full details on Manx National Heritage opening times, admission charges, membership and events, visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.