The Milntown estate was originally created in the early 16th century when John McCrystyn, who was a Deemster between 1511-1535 merged his Altadale Estate, in nearby Glen Auldyn, with an adjoining estate and renamed the complete holding Milntown.
It was owned by successive generations of the McCrystyn Family, whose name soon became written as Christian, until the death of William Bell Christian in 1886. At that point the family was bankrupt and ownership passed to the Law Life Assurance Society and in 1910 to the Phoenix Assurance Company Ltd. The estate then extended to almost 500 acres reaching as far north as the railway line and as far east as Ramsey.
Much of the land was eventually sold off by the Phoenix Company, including neighbouring Sky Hill. Ramsey Golf Club and Ramsey Grammar School also occupy land that was once part of the estate.
By 1963, when the estate was bought by Lady Kathleen Edwards, it consisted of the present 15 acres. This is now owned and managed by the Milntown Trust established by Sir Clive Edwards, son of Lady Edwards, on his death in 1999. The Trust includes a fine collection of vintage motor cars and motor cycles, previously belonging to Sir Clive Edwards and Bob Thomas.
The Milntown Cafe s open daily (excluding Tuesdays) from 10am – 5pm and is well worth a visit for a morning coffee, lovely lunch or relaxing afternoon tea.
The Milntown Gardens are open from Monday early February till the end October. Open daily from 10am-5pm (excluding Tuesdays). Last admission is at 4.30pm.
The Milntown House is open for House Tours every Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm from 1st April till the end of September (excluding MGP and TT race weeks).
Private tours can be arranged for groups of 15-20 people please contact 01624 812321 for further information.
Milntown is closed during TT and Grand Prix Race weeks.