Isle of Man Heritage Rail Adventures

From £689.00
Duration 5 Days
Departures from Jul 2020 - Jul 2021
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From £689.00
Duration 5 Days
Departures from Jul 2020 - Jul 2021
Tour Overview

​The Isle of Man boasts a wonderful rail heritage, which you'll discover on this short rail adventure. Firstly, explore this beautiful island with a journey aboard a steam train, stopping at the delightful seaside resort of Port Erin, before arriving in Castletown, one of the oldest towns in the British Isles and home to the medieval Castle Rushen. Next, you'll journey on the Douglas Manx Electric Railway to Laxey where a trip on the Great Laxey Mine Railway awaits. You'll also head to the town of Peel where you can explore at your own pace – perhaps visiting the ruins of Peel Castle. Your final day of rail adventure sees you aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway, for a journey to the summit for refreshments with a view – you can see England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on a good day – before enjoying a trip to Groundle Glen for more incredible views.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Standard-class return fast catamaran travel from Liverpool
  • 4 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners including welcome dinner and drink
  • Several heritage rail journeys
  • All highlights included
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​Steam train ride to the seaside town of Port Erin and historic Castletown
  • Travel on the Douglas Manx Electric Railway to Laxey and Ramsey
  • Reach new heights on the Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Visit beautiful Groudle Glen
  • Visit the cliff-top Sea Lion Rocks tea house for a slice of cake and a cup of tea
  • Make full use of your Go Explore Heritage Card

Itinerary

Day 1 Liverpool - Douglas

​After making your own way to Liverpool you will depart early this evening for Douglas aboard the fast catamaran 'Manannan'. On arrival, transfer by coach to the 4-star Mannin Hotel, located close to the seafront.

Day 2 Port Erin & Castletown

​Join your Tour Manager for the steam train journey to Port Erin, a delightful seaside town with a sandy beach set in an enclosed harbour. You can visit the Railway Museum here or walk along the promenade before taking the train to Castletown.
On arrival, the afternoon is free for you to do as you wish. Once the capital of the island, Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano and is one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Perhaps enjoy a walk around its quaint narrow streets or visit the medieval Castle Rushen.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Laxey, Ramsey & Peel

​This morning you will take the Douglas Manx Electric Railway (MER) to Laxey. On arrival, you will board the Great Laxey Mine Railway, which once carried metal ores from the mine. A short walk from the terminus is the Lady Isabella waterwheel. Built in 1854 to pump water from the mine, it is now the largest working waterwheel in the world. From here, take a lovely route on the MER to Ramsey.
After this you will take the bus to Peel, where you can spend the afternoon at leisure. You may enjoy a walk around the ruins of Peel Castle or take a stroll up Peel Hill for splendid views before taking the bus back to Douglas.​

Meals included: B

Day 4 Snaefell Mountain Railway & Groudle Glen

Today you will take the electric train to Laxey. On arrival, you will board the Snaefell Mountain Railway, reaching the summit in around 30 minutes. Here you can purchase refreshments from the café and on a clear day enjoy views of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Your next train journey will take you from Laxey to Groudle Glen, and after another short train journey to the clifftop Sea Lion Rocks tea room, you can admire the scenery over a drink and a slice of cake before your return journey to Douglas.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Douglas - Liverpool

​After a morning at leisure, you'll head back to Liverpool by catamaran this afternoon.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

We cannot always guarantee that rail excursions will be steam-hauled. Itinerary may run in a different order due to train running times.
Your Go Explore Heritage Card enables you to travel on the island's heritage railways and buses. It also allows entry into all Manx National Heritage sights including Peel Castle, House of Manannan and Castle Rushen.

Accommodation

The Mannin Hotel

The Mannin Hotel is an ideal base for exploring Douglas. Located close to the seafront, the recently renovated hotel boasts a restaurant serving homemade food and fine wines, and a soft seating lobby area ideal for relaxing with a drink. Guest rooms feature private facilities, air conditioning, complimentary wifi, safe, tea/coffee making facilities.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.