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Isle of Man - Not a cheap holiday...
Isle of Man
Member Name: RuthUpton
Isle of Man
Date: 19/07/00, updated on 19/07/00 (475 review reads)
Advantages: Nice scenery
Disadvantages: Very expensive
The Isle of Man is an island which I always fancied visiting after my dad told me about going there as a young man. Having now been there, I cannot see myself going there again.
It is a nice, clean, picturesque island, that I cannot deny, but it is not all it is cracked-up to be. I really could not get over how expensive it was, even though my husband, small child, and I went self-catering.
When we went last year, petrol over here was 69p per litre, and we thought that was dear - there we were paying 75p...
A take-away of 1 x fish & chips, and 2 x jumbo sausage & chips was nearly £10. Milk was nearly 50p per pint. And a standard take-away pizza left you with very little change out of a tenner... Our local icecream van sells a cone for 80p - we ended up paying £1.30 each on a very hot day!!!
I later worked it out that it would have been cheaper to go to an island like Jersey, which, although smaller, really does have so much more to offer - and it's cheaper.
Yes, Ramsey is nice, and the Laxey Wheel is impressive, but the electric tram system was vastly over-priced and Douglas was just like any built-up holiday resort over on the mainland.