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.
Take a beautifully scenic journey aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway
Enjoy a horse-drawn tram ride along Douglas' promenade
Spend free time discovering Laxey, Peel, Port Erin and Castletown with your Heritage Explorer Pass
Travel on the Manx Electric Railway and the Isle of Man Steam Railway
5 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Claremont Hotel in Douglas
Return ferry from Heysham to Douglas
Excursions & Entertainment
UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
10 meals including 5 breakfasts, and 5 dinners
Farewell dinner in Douglas
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Heysham and Douglas
We meet in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of our early afternoon
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 Claremont Hotel, our base for the next five
nights. The hotel occupies a superb location on Douglas' sea-front
promenade, overlooking the impressive two-mile sweep of Douglas
Day 2 - Laxey and Snaefell Mountain Railway
Today takes us to the summit of the island's only mountain,
Snaefell. We begin with a journey along Douglas' promenade,
travelling by historic horse-drawn tram. Known locally as 'toast
racks', these trams have been running since 1876 and remain as
popular today as they were then. Next, we board the island's
electric train, which dates back to the Victorian and Edwardian
era, to the fishing village of Laxey. It's here we board the
Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric mountain railway in
the British Isles. The journey takes us all the way to the top, and
on a clear day you can see England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Back in Laxey this afternoon, you have time to explore. Separated
into two parts, the main village and Old Laxey. Surrounded by its
picturesque tidal harbour, Laxey is home to the Laxey Wheel, the
world's largest working waterwheel. The 'Lady Isabella', as she's
known locally, was built in 1854 to pump water from Laxey's lead
and zinc mines.
Day 3 - The Manx Electric Railway and Peel
On the way to Peel this morning, an old-fashioned fishing port,
we call at Tynwald Hill, in the village of St John's. Here we visit
the Church of St John and the Tynwald Exhibition, detailing the
parliamentary assembly's 1,000-year-old history. On arrival in
Peel, you have free time to look around. You could take a walk to
Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle and dating back to the
11th century, or the House of Manannan, a museum detailing the
island's Celtic, Viking and maritime heritage. Entry is included
with your Heritage Explorer Pass. Alternately, seek out the town's
renowned kippers, regarded as some of the finest in the country.
Meeting back this afternoon, we enjoy a journey on the Manx
Electric Railway, travelling from Ramsey to Douglas. As the longest
narrow-gauge vintage railway in the British Isles, sit back and
relax for the 17-mile journey through glorious countryside, across
gorse-topped hills, and along the stunning shores of the east
Days 4-5 - The Isle of Man Steam Railway
We board the Isle of Man Steam Railway this morning for a
steam-hauled journey in restored heritage carriages. As we travel,
we enjoy views of idyllic countryside, seaside towns, and
traditional fishing ports before arriving at Port Erin, set within
a beautiful bay on the south-west coast. After time to explore, we
set out on a coach tour of the headland, soaking up the sight of
the spectacular Calf of Man. Continuing to Castletown, the island's
ancient capital, enjoy free time to visit medieval Castle Rushen,
the Nautical Museum, or the Old House of Keys. Entrance to all
three sites is included with your Heritage Explorer Pass.
Day 5 is also free. Popular options are; a tour of
the Gaiety Theatre, the Isle of Man's opera house or a visit to the
captivating Grove Museum which captures what life was like on the
island during Victorian times.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Heysham and Home
After breakfast, we make our way back to Douglas Sea Terminal to
catch the ferry to Heysham. Once we've disembarked, our holiday
comes to an end.
We include two passes in this holiday: an Explorer Pass and a
Heritage Explorer Pass.
Available for use on your free day, the Explorer Pass allows you
complimentary travel on trains and buses across the Isle of
Heritage Explorer Pass
Available for use on your free day and during our excursions, the
Heritage Explorer Pass gives you free entrance to Manx National
Heritage sites. These include the Laxey Wheel, Peel Castle, the
House of Manannan, Castle Rushen, the Old House of Keys and the
Nautical Museum, among others.
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.
Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Enjoyed the whole holiday especially the steam train and the trip to the top of the hill although the electric railway was a bit noisy and uncomfortable .The hotel was good with very good food.
The coach driver was one of the best ever, a mine of information and an expert in motor bike racing.
I wish I could have seen a Manx cat but I didn’t have enough time.
Mr G Parrish
Met all of our expectations
Mr C Reid
Travel well organised. Tour manager very efficient, friendly and helpful.
Most of the holiday was vey good but a couple of things on the itinerary could have been better
Mr B Hardiman
The whole journey went just as planned with no "hiccups" whatso ever. The hotel as brilliant - staff and management. The trips were well organised and the weather was just great. Our tour manager was not intrusive in anyway but always there if one needed assistance.
Mrs M Dixon
Excellent service, excellent tour leader, excellent excursions.