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Silverdale Glen

  • Ballasalla
  • Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

Set at the start of the Silverburn River lies this glen. The first part contains the play area, boating lake, and famous water powered merry go round (believed to be the oldest example of its type in the world). The merry go round was popular in the Victorian age and its horses date back to the early 1900's. There is no cost for riding on the merry go round and the lever control can be operated by the public.
The Cafe building and Cregg Mill buildings were bought a couple of years later. The mill is long dormant, though adds to the character of the area. The site now hosts a cafe, which serves a variety of hot and cold meals, snacks and ice cream. There is also a pottery craft studio and gift shop.
The second part of the glen was given to the Manx National Trust and is mostly dense woodland and streams. It has well laid out paths leading past small waterfalls and over wooden bridges near shallow lily ponds. Also found in this part of the glen is Monks Well, a perfect place to wish with a few coins.
There are toilets on site.
Please note postcode given is approximate, please look for signage or prepare fuller directions.


Opening hours

Open daily from 1st March 10am


Admission is free although there is a charge to hire the boats.

Travel & Contact Information


, Ballasalla, Isle of Man, IM9 2FR, null

Phone number

01624 823474



Click here to visit Silverdale Glen's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Silverdale Glen has not told us about their parking.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Silverdale Glen has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Silverdale Glen is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

No, Silverdale Glen have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Silverdale Glen has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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