Enjoy historic railways of the Isle of Man
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The Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. This charming island also boasts some of the most impressive heritage railways found anywhere in the British Isles, not to mention the historic horse-drawn trams.
We meet in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of our ferry journey to the Isle of Man. Heysham is easily accessible from other parts of the UK and the train from Lancaster arrives straight into Heysham ferry terminal.
Arriving into Douglas sea terminal, porters collect our luggage as we walk the short distance along the waterfront to the 4-Star Claremont Hotel, our base for the next five nights.
Our excursion today takes us to the summit of the island's only mountain: Snaefell. We begin with a journey north along Douglas promenade, travelling by horse-drawn tram*. We then board an electric train to take us to Laxey. Here we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell, where we enjoy some free time. We then return to Laxey, where you have time to explore. Later we make our way back to Douglas by electric train.
*Please note that the horse-drawn trams may not operate on the April and October departures.
Today we take the coach to Peel. On the way you call at Tynwald Hill, in the village of St John's, where you see the Church of St John and the Tynwald Exhibition. On arrival in Peel, we have some free time. We then carry on and enjoy a journey on the full length of the Manx Electric Railway from Ramsey to Douglas, making this journey in the oldest working tramcars in the world.
This morning we walk to Douglas railway station to board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest Victorian rail system. We pull into the station in Port Erin. After time to explore, we are collected by coach for a tour of the headland overlooking the Calf of Man. After touring the headland, we travel to Castletown, the island's ancient capital. Entrance into the Old House of Keys is included today, and you may enjoy some time at leisure to explore more of Castletown's delights. Day 5 is free to enjoy the island at leisure using your included travel pass ahead of a final farewell meal this evening.
After our breakfast, we make our way back to Douglas Sea Terminal. We arrive back into Heysham just after midday, where our tour concludes. You are then free to leave Heysham at your leisure.
Please be aware that the order of the excursions may be different than appears here.
Please note: The Claremont Hotel is a Victorian built property unable to accommodate wheelchairs due to its age and how it is constructed. This tour is therefore unsuitable for anyone who uses a wheelchair.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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based on 41 verified reviews
Weather not kind which spoilt some of the highlights
All well planned. Tour manager was very competent and amusing While dealing with a large group. Hotel was excellent and food service very good. All staff were Lovely and very helpful.
An excellent Tour Manager and enjoyed the Isle of Man despite the disappointing weather! We were disappointed with our hotel bedroom as we felt for a four star hotel the bedroom was very small and we could not see out of the window as it was partly obscured glass. However the hotel was in an excellent position and there were nice touches such as nice biscuits and bottled water which was replaced daily.
Lovely hotel - well organised - most excellent Tour Manager.
We had a good holiday with a first class tour manager. Initially we were sad not to have a double room ( we pushed the single beds together) and there was only one chair in the room that was not very comfortable. The room was at the back of the hotel and there was a considerable noise from bin clearance each morning
Good hotel and trips. Room a little disappointing as the window was covered and we could not see out of it. (probably the view was not worth seeing but would rather have had that than a opaque covering)
Really at least 4.5. Very good trips out. Hotel staff very good but service a bit hit and miss - often next course arrived before first finished.
it was well organised. our tour guide was good and involved herself in all aspects of the holiday. tour had to be changed due to the motor bike racing. Janet organised the trip to be taken on our free day plus we had a tour of the theatre. due to a rail strike Janet also arranged for a coach to take us to Lancaster so we could get trains for our connections.
great hotel and excellent rep
We liked it; the Tour Manager was reachable and encouraged friendliness within the Group, and the variety of activities was just what we had expected.
Enjoy historic railways of the Isle of Man