A number of Manx National Heritage sites have been operating under reduced opening hours.

This is understood to be because of funding issues caused by the pandemic (as funding is linked to visitor numbers which dropped with border restrictions).

In turn, this has resulted in its bank staff (staff that can be called on when needed) not being employed for the time being, meaning the full-time staff are being spread out to keep as many sites open as possible.

Affected sites include Peel Castle (above), Cregneash, and The Grove museum, all of which are currently open for special events and pre-booked tours only.

A meeting will take place on Friday to determine exactly which sites will reopen and the overall plans for operating over the summer.

MNH told the Manx Independent that it would release the plans to it next week.

This will also detail the future of MNH’s long term funding in the wake of the pandemic.