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Milntown

Milntown House is the Island's (only?) stately home. Situated on the Lezayre road, near Ramsey, it nestles in 15 acres of beautiful, expertly-maintained gardens.

Created in the 16th century, Milntown was, for many years the ancestral home of the Christian family - a name which looms large in Manx history, with the largest looming loomed largely by William Christian - otherwise known as "Illiam Dhone" - a true Manx Martyr (or notorious traitor, depending on where you stand) who was famously executed for treason in 1663. The Christians' fortunes eventually waned and, in 1886, the last member of the family died at Milntown. Which brings us to the ghosts. We can't really talk about the house without mentioning the ghosts. That's right. Ghosts. Milntown is reputedly the most haunted house on the Isle of Man. Spookiness - allegedly - abounds.

Since the time of the Christians, Milntown has been a school, a hotel and a family home once more. It has been open to the public since Sir Clive Edwards left it in trust to the Manx People on his death in 1999, along with his collection of classic vintage cars and motorbikes.

The gardens are masterfully planted and maintained by Adam Quayle and his team so they change with the seasons, and are always stunning whatever time of year you visit, full of woodland walks, water features and intriguing and exquisite nooks and crannies.

Milntown isn't all history, hauntings and horticulture, though. Don't miss the opportunity to visit their superb café. All food is made on site and we can especially recommend (based on personal experience) their homemeade soups and their wonderfully tempting cakes.

Thanks to Milntown Trust for the use of the photo.

Access

Milntown has parking areas for disabled visitors, along with disabled toilets. Due to the age and nature of the house and gardens, however, not all areas are suitable for wheelchair access. Guide dogs are allowed.

Motability scooters at Milntown House and Gardens are available for the less able who wish to visit. Advance booking is advised to ensure they are freshly charged up - tel:812321 or email enquiries@milntown.org

Contact Details

Milntown Estate
Milntown
Lezayre
Isle of Man
IM7 2AB

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours (Milntown House)
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 2.30pm to 3.45pm
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 2.30pm to 3.45pm
Sunday 2.30pm to 3.45pm

The Gardens are open to the general public all year round. Admission Charges apply.

Summer opening times from March until the end of September – 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm).

Winter opening times from October until the end of February (closed every Tuesday) – 10.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm).