More than 12,500 Isle of Man children can visit heritage gems across the Isle of Man for free throughout 2010 after authorities on the island struck a deal to provide admission cards allowing free entry to under-18s on the island.
The Arts, Culture and Education scheme will allow youngsters to peruse Celtic, Viking and maritime stronghold the House of Manannan and other key attractions including the Grove Museum of Victorian Life in Ramsey, Rushen and Peel Castles, the National Folk Museum at Cregneash and the Great Laxey Wheel, which is the world's largest working waterwheel.
Entry to the Great Laxey Wheel and other key sites will be free to ACE card holders from April 2010.
The first cards have been given out at the Island's smallest school in Bride, where pupils also received gift bags. "The Isle of Man is a fabulous place to live, particularly for and with children," said Head Teacher Bronwen Udy.
"The ACE cards present a wonderful learning opportunity for all Manx school children to become familiar with the cultural heritage of the Isle of Man and to appreciate the changes that have occurred through time to make our life as it is today.
"We really feel that the ACE cards will enable families to afford to take their children to the many heritage sites and to enjoy the experiences and facilities together."
The scheme is being run in a joint project between Manx National Heritage, the Isle of Man Department of Education and Conister Bank.