If relaxation is your idea of a perfect holiday, the Isle of Man is definitely for you.  Particularly as taking it easy doesn't mean you have to do nothing! There are many hidden gems on the Island - attractions which you can simply enjoy at your own leisure.

For example, seek out unusual museums: Moore's Traditional Museum in Peel, for a working demonstration of how Manx kippers have been cured over oak chips since around 1770; Leece Museum, which tells the story of Peel in historic photographs and the Manx Aviation & Military History Museum at Isle of Man Airport.

Visit Tynwald Mills Craft Centre in St John's for speciality shops in an idyllic location, selling everything from toys to fashion.  Pause for a break at the Mann Cat Sanctuary, Santon, ManxSPCA, Foxdale and the Home of Rest for Old Horses near Douglas.

Join a tour to see the wonderful Gaiety Theatre or a commentated coach excursion to explore the Island or to see the Isle of Man's famous film locations (used in more than 90 feature films and TV drama series shot on the Island in recent years).

Admire creations in Manx slate and other materials.  Browse in the many studios and galleries across the Island which specialise in arts and crafts.  Visit Laxey Woollen Mills, Erin Arts Centre and Manninkilt.

For those who want to explore the dramatic landscape and coast from the sea, a trip on the pleasure boat MV Karina is a must.

No family visit to the Isle of Man is complete without a trip to Onchan Pleasure Park, Nobles Park in Douglas, Silverdale at Ballasalla and Mooragh Park in Ramsey, which offer hours of fun for all.

The Isle of Man Government produce an Isle of Man Active & Outdoor Guide full of great ideas and activities to suit all.  It can be downloaded here.