- Parks and Playgrounds
Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)
Venue type: Outdoor
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.
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
Getting There and Contact Information
Ballasalla, Isle of Man, IM9 2FR
Click here to visit Silverdale Glen's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Open daily from 1st March 10am
Admission is free although there is a charge to hire the boats.