Manx National Heritage

The Isle of Man has a significant Viking heritage, interwoven with strong Celtic influences. A visit to offers a chance to explore Viking castles, recreated Viking homesteads and Viking monuments and archaeological sites still part of the Manx landscape today.
  • Peel Castle - originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot, 11th century Viking King of Mann. 
  • House of Manannan – in the company of the Island’s mythological sea god, join the crew of the Odin’s Raven Viking longship and find out what life was life in a Viking longhouse.
  • Manx Museum - bursting with artefacts and treasures including hoards of silver and gold in the Viking Gallery and the story of Tynwald, the oldest continuous Parliament in the world.
  • Castle Rushen – originally built for a Norse king in 1190, developed by successive rulers, it is one of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.
  • Rushen Abbey - gifted by King Olaf I for use as a monastery in 1134, today the remains of the Abbey sit in the peace of the Abbey Gardens. 
  • Carved Stone Cross Collection - Norse sculptors decorated their crosses with both Christian icons and images from their own pagan mythology. You will see examples of Norse crosses in many of the parish churches.
  • Balladoole – the site of a Viking boat burial from c900 AD, this hilltop is also home to Bronze Age burials, Iron Age earthworks and an early Christian chapel and cemetery.
  • Cronk ny Merriu - here you can see the remains of an Iron Age rampart and ditch defending a rocky promontory and within its walls, a Norse building which once stood here as part of a system of coastal lookout posts.
  • The Braaid – overlooking the central valley, this site has the surviving remains of an Iron Age round house and two Norse long houses.
Street address: 
Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Isle of Man. IM1 3LY

Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.