A Great Experience for students on a Magical Island
Scenically beautiful with hills, moorlands, towering cliffs, rock pools, sandy bays, leafy glens and waterfalls; the Isle of Man is interesting because of its wide variety of natural and historic attractions: castles, folk museums, Viking remains, ancient monuments, unique transport system, its own currency, postal service, language and government, and children are constantly discovering things that are different.
The SJA has been sending schools to the Isle of Man since 1959. Over 69,000 children from approximately 1500 schools have enjoyed a trip to this popular destination. Travel by ferry or flying makes this an even more adventurous and memorable experience.
The Isle of Man continues to be a cost effective destination for schools, and with travel by ferry or air, is a great place to visit and just like going abroad.
In the comfort of friendly hotels, no group is too large or small. Bring as few as 10 or 110. The largest hotels have en suite bathrooms. We will only place you in good standard accommodation.
Groups can combine the Manx Experience with Activities at the Maughold Adventure Centre on the island. Activities with qualified instructors include: Archery, Abseiling, Assault Course, Kayaking, Raft Building, Sailing or Target Shooting. Located at Lewaigue Farm situated in scenic rolling farmland with Ramsey Boating Lake close by.
Our charges are competitively priced with those of other school journey companies. The SJA is registered as a charity, which gives it certain advantages and concessions, which in turn reduce overheads. Its Organisers are unpaid volunteers comprising of teachers and Head Teachers with vast experience of school travel, an understanding of the needs of children and in intimate knowledge of the Isle of Man.
To be sure of first choice dates and accommodation, we do recommend that you book early as most schools make a provisional booking before the summer holidays. We can custom build your visit to suit your needs.
Advice for organising trips to the Isle of Man is readily available from Mr Ivor L Morgan, Hon. Secretary of the SJA, an expert on the Isle of Man and a retired head teacher who regularly takes groups to the island.
Our base in Douglas is just off the impressive promenade. Situated close to the Manx Electric Terminus which opens up the North of the Island, including Snaefell, Laxey and the Maughold Adventure Centre. The MER trams stop at all these destinations.
The Hotel has a sea view from some bedrooms and is a good family run establishment. All schools will be made to feel welcome. Just down the drive from the Hotel is the bus stop, horse-drawn tram halt plus the Douglas beach.
From Douglas you can also reach Castletown, Silverdale, Cregneash, Port St Mary and Port Erin by the Manx Steam Train. If you want to visit the House of Manannan in Peel it is only a short coach ride.
There is a wide variety of places of interest such as Castle Rushen, Laxey Wheel, and the House of Manannan. Natural and historic attractions include: Castles, folk museums, Viking remains, ancient monuments, a unique transport system using horse-drawn tram, steam train and electric railway. The island has its own currency, postal service, language and government; the children are constantly discovering things that are different from mainland UK.
Groups can stay in Port Erin on request.
Our voluntary Isle of Man advisor is a retired Head Teacher who has been involved with education in Cheshire for many years, and took his own school annually to the Island. It helps to have a long experience of school travel and an intimate knowledge of the Isle of Man.