Set on the Silverburn River in Ballasalla, Silverdale is an incredibly popular destination for walkers and families.
Silverdale is a tale of two parts – the first an extensive play area and pretty boating lake and the second a beautiful and secluded historic glen.
The main focal point of the children’s playground is the water-powered carousel, which is as popular now as it was in the Victorian era.
The waterwheel that drives the carousel originally came from the Foxdale Mines. When the mines were closed the wheel was transported to Silverdale and reinstalled to provide the power needed to drive the ride-on horses.
Silverdale also boasts a large grassy paddock, which provides space for ball games and picnicking, and visitors will enjoy spending an hour or two on the water by hiring a boat.
The Silverdale Glen, which is owned by the Manx National Trust, has well laid out paths that lead past small waterfalls and through dense woodland. Look out for the Medieval Monks Bridge in Ballasalla, which links Silverdale Glen to the historic Rushen Abbey, and the Monks Well which is a perfect place to throw in a few pennies and make a wish.
On site you’ll find a restaurant and well-stocked gift shop. and don’t forget to pay a visit to the Craftworks Studio where you can relax by painting pottery creations.
Admission and Information
Silverdale is open all year. Admission is free although there is a charge to hire the boats.
Ample free parking is available and disabled access is limited.
The Craftworks Studio is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm between Wednesday and Saturday and from 12.30pm to 5.30pm on Sundays.
Location and Contact
Silverdale, Ballasalla, IM9 3DS.
For more information telephone 01624 823474.