Manx National Heritage (MNH) the charity responsible for the care and promotion of the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage, has today announced revised opening times for the rest of the 2020 Season to 1 November 2020.
MNH started to re-open its key sites and open some of its seasonal sites in mid-June, initially at reduced hours and days. All eight of the larger MNH sites have been open for part of the week since 4 July, with something available every day of the week and all of these sites open at weekends.
During July, attendance levels have been monitored including times of visits and feedback from visitors to help assess the best opening pattern for the rest of the Season.
The full opening schedule from 1 August to 1 November features an increase to seven day a week opening from 10am to 4pm of the Manx Museum and House of Manannan.
In addition, Castle Rushen and the Laxey Wheel will open five days a week, with the Castle open Thursday – Monday 10am – 4pm and the Wheel open Saturday to Wednesday, also 10am to 4pm.
Peel Castle, The Grove and Rushen Abbey continue to open Thursday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
Castletown Site Tours are offered weekly on Mondays with guided visits of the Nautical Museum, Old Grammar School and a sitting of the Old House of Keys included. Free bookable weekly guided visits to see the Peggy yacht in her conservation facility near Douglas are also available on Tuesdays from 11th August. Cregneash is hosting a variety of craft workshops weekly on Wednesdays with special guided site visits twice a day on Thursdays and Fridays and including tea and cake in the café afterwards. Cregneash café will be open 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Saturday.
With the Manx Museum returning to daily opening, the Library will revert to opening Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm starting next Wednesday 5 August.
The Bay Room Café in the Manx Museum will be open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.
MNH Director Edmund Southworth said;
“Thanks to the flexibility of our visitor service teams, we are now able to open our two largest and most visited sites, the Manx Museum and House of Manannan on a daily basis through until 1st November. We’ve also been able to open the other nine sites on a regular basis some with tour based offers and others for general visits.
This season will be unlike any other and most of our sites are very quiet at the moment but we want to help our local community. We know that the last few months have been very difficult and stressful so this is a great opportunity for families to enjoy our amazing heritage and our amazing landscape.”
Admission charges at MNH sites have been reduced to reflect the lower VAT rate of 5% and validity of the MNH Annual Passes has been extended for the period of the site closures (3 months). New annual passes purchased this Season are valid through to the end of the 2021 Season and with the VAT reduction as well, offer extremely good value at £22. Children and students are admitted free of charge to all MNH sites.