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Vintage Railways of the Isle of Man

4.6 stars(72 reviews)

Enjoy historic railways of the Isle of Man

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2021 Tour code: MXB21

About the tour

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.


What’s included


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 Bay.

  • Dinner
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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Snaefell Mountain Railway
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 coast.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Manx Electric Railway
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
The Isle of Man Steam Railway
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.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Included Passes

We include two passes in this holiday: an Explorer Pass and a Heritage Explorer Pass.

Explorer Pass
Available for use on your free day, the Explorer Pass allows you complimentary travel on trains and buses across the Isle of Man.

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.

Departure times

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.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


The Claremont Hotel, Douglas

The Claremont Hotel, Douglas

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Isle of Man Steam Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway

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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 72 reviews

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Mrs M James

4 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2019

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.

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Mr G Parrish

5 stars

Submitted 16 Oct 2019

Met all of our expectations

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Mr C Reid

5 stars

Submitted 10 Oct 2019

Travel well organised. Tour manager very efficient, friendly and helpful.

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Mr B Hardiman

5 stars

Submitted 09 Oct 2019

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.

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Mrs M Dixon

5 stars

Submitted 03 Oct 2019

Excellent service, excellent tour leader, excellent excursions.

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Mr B Richards

4 stars

Submitted 02 Oct 2019

The only problem was not yours but the return train from Heysham. It had broken down and eventually the persons responsible at the station ordered taxis, one at a time. We waited an hour before a people carrier driver was persuaded to take us. No apologies were offerred.

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