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Population 75,049

Highest peak: Snaefell 621 metres

Length of island 53km


‘Many people who have never been to the Isle of Man are not sure exactly where it is! The answer is that it lies in the Irish Sea, between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of the Lancashire coastline.' – Isle of


The Island is a self-governing kingdom – a Crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament (called Tynwald), laws, traditions and postage stamps.


There are 14 NHS practices on the island, overseen by the Manx Department of Health and Social Security. NHS GPs are covered by the standard GMS contract.


A four-bedroom detached house close to the centre of the capital, Douglas, could set you back £385,000.


There are 35 primary schools and five secondary schools.


The spectacular coast is never far away – and is peppered with film locations. From the local press: The Isle of Man has a higher suicide rate than any other comparable rural area in the British Isles.– Department of Health and Social Security report

Famous residents:

1960s comedian Norman Wisdom, racing driver Nigel Mansell, prog rock keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

Anything else?

The annual TT races turn the streets into race tracks and the island into a biker's playground. If you have ideas for people or places to feature in this section please contact:

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