Visit Mann Tours
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Registered Isle of Man Government Blue Badge Driver Guide - Private bespoke tours of the Isle of Man
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Peel, Isle of Man
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Angela H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
John was outstanding !! Highly recommended his tour . He was so knowledgeable and so friendly . We wished we would have booked a whole day !
Written 14 April 2024
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emcaleese
Travancore, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The day my husband and I spent with John Shakespeare touring the Isle of Mann in his car was the highlight of our trip. John is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. We had discussed (by email) beforehand what we wanted - culture, history, archeological sites, scenery - in places we couldn't get to by public transport. Off grid!! John's full day tour exceeded our expectations. We had great conversations with him too, and breaks for a good lunch and afternoon tea were part of the wonderful experience. John's suggestion to spend time at the comprehensive museum the day before was a good one as it gave us some background. I would highly recommend John's tour to anyone visiting the Isle of Mann.
Written 29 September 2023
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Lovely to meet you both - the day went far too fast!!! Come back soon
Written 1 October 2023
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ilovefootscray
Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Full day tour of the island was a great experience with John. We visited as my partner’s ancestors came from IOM and John was helpful in do some family history reaserch as well as the tour. We saw most of the island highlights in the 8 hour tour. John is knowledgeable and engaging and happy to tailor the tour to suit your interests. Highly recommend taking a tour with Him.
Written 24 September 2023
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Thank you for the review was a great day!
Written 26 September 2023
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Ralph P.
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Had a fabulous day with John. He is a wealth of knowledge, and very friendly and accommodating to what we were interested in seeing. Since we didn’t always know what questions to ask, he filled us in on history, traditions and happenings in the Isle of Man. Even played a short tune on his bagpipes for us. Apparently John knows everyone on the island! Pretty much called everyone we saw by name.
He could not have been more gracious and we are glad we picked him for our private guided tour!
Written 1 June 2023
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Hi Ralph what a great day we had and thank you for the booking - hopefully you can make it back to the Island again John
Written 12 June 2023
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pindle2015
Edinburgh, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Our car tour with the ultra knowledgable John Shakespeare on Friday the 26th May 2023 was absolutely superb. In advance he asked us our interests on the island and we outlined the things we were interested in and unfortunately owing to two of our party calling off sick we changed our itinerary at the last minute and John was so willing to do this which was wonderful. We went north instead of south and because of our interest in Archibald Knox the famous designer and conservationist / restorer, John was able to impart so much knowledge and facts about the area and even took us to a little known small church which Knox had restored which was amazing.
We had a great interest too in the Viking lore of the land and this church was built on the site of one of the first ‘ keeills’ from the fifth century built on one of the original Viking sites. The island is steeped in Viking history and we learned so much about it from him.
His enthusiasm for his subject matters shone through and he was the most wonderful host.
We visited several famous landmarks on the island and went to Laxey , Ramsay and Peel and passed Tynwald the site of the parliament. We were so engrossed that we overran our time for which John accommodated us and did not seem to mind in the slightest .
Overall we cannot recommend him highly enough. This is the way to see the island and get a feel for it. Without him and his eloquent words you would never have any inkling of the heart and soul of the island for which we cannot thank him enough.
Written 31 May 2023
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The best laid plans of mice and men! But the change meant we could tailor the tour to the your interests - great meeting you - only sorry it was not the 4 of you!
Written 1 June 2023
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Linda D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed every minute with John on our day of adventure on Isle of Man. John is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the island and its history. With only a one-day stay, he managed to drive the entire perimeter of the island, show us beautiful vistas, give us a tour of a castle, a visit with a Manx cat, educate us on many of the islands inhabitants and traditions through tours of the grave sites, and so much more. Thanks for a really fun day!
Written 28 May 2023
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Thank you for the review - as I say I really enjoy my job and it is different everyday as you are always meeting new people
Written 1 June 2023
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RoseAnn M
Denver, CO31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Our tour with Mr. Shakespeare was nothing short of amazing! He was accommodating and knowledgeable and had so much information about the Isle of Man to share! It seemed as if he knows everyone on the island which makes sense between his roles as tour guide, archaeologist and community leader.
We only wish we could have further explored the sites but next time we’ll know to book a full-day tour!
Written 18 May 2023
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We had a great day and it was fun meeting you and showing you around the beautiful Island
Written 1 June 2023
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Harrydog44
Washington DC, DC84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I used to write numerous TA reviews, but over the years and miles, I have fallen out of the habit. However, our tour with John Shakespeare of Visit Mann Tours has brought me out of retirement because such a special experience must be shared. In four and a half hours he imparted such a depth of knowledge and sense of place that I felt a little like i was a part of Man. Indeed, he recognized my unusual family middle name as unique to Man, thereby making me of partial Manx descent. He even followed up with burial records of those bearing that name, dating back to the 17th Century.

Yes, he showed us Manx farms and cottages, and of course, the obligatory Manx tailless cat, but those details fade into the background of the best overall tour experience we’ve experienced in our journeys to seven continents.
Written 12 May 2023
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Thank you for the great review -William would be proud!
Written 1 June 2023
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Komal G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
John- he is an amazing driver with full of knowledge on history throughout the world. My husband and I had a wonderful time in island and we were able to explore most of it in a day. He is a true gentle man leaded with all the talents in the world. If you ever get a chance to visit mann, I would suggest don't leave an opportunity to travel and explore with John. We hope to meet you again in Isle of Man, John! Thanks a million for all the assistance you have provided to us. I am glad that I chose Visit Mann tours to be my guide tour.
Written 25 April 2023
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Thank you for the lovely review - it is such a pleasure to take happy and interested visitors around the Island - come back soon!
Written 28 April 2023
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Ben B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Our tour was absolutely unforgettable and one of the highlights of our cruise. John is a man of many talents, from archaeology to Bagpipe playing, singing, teaching and much more, and his brain is jam packed full of knowledge about the island. He knows all the best places and has all the right connections, and therefore you can see the island through the eyes of a man who moved their 40 years ago and never looked back. If we ever had the luck to visit such a wonderful place again, we would certainly want to have John showing us much more of the beautiful landscape he calls home.

Thanks again John, sorry for the delay in writing this, from Bobbie, Sarah and Ben
Written 29 August 2022
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Thank you for the lovely comments - we had great fun and it was a pleasure to show you all the beautiful Island John
Written 6 October 2022
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