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Experience the historic railways of the Isle of Man

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6 days From £695 per person

2022 Tour code: MXB22

About the tour

The Isle of Man is famous for its stunning coastline, superb sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and gentle pace of life. Experience Britain's longest narrow-gauge railway, soak up the views from the electric mountain railway, enjoy a historic horse-drawn tram journey, and drive along the famous TT racing circuit.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Heysham and Douglas

We meet in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of the early afternoon ferry to the Isle of Man. Arriving into Douglas, we walk the short distance along the waterfront to the Claremont Hotel, our base for five nights.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Snaefell and Laxey

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. Next, we board the island's electric train, which dates back to the 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, where the views are stunning. On a clear day you can see England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Back in Laxey, you have time to explore. The Laxey Wheel, or the 'Lady Isabella' as she's known locally, is the world's largest working water wheel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Manx Electric Railway and Peel

Our first stop is Tynwald Hill, in the village of St John's. We visit the Church of St John and the Tynwald Exhibition, detailing the parliamentary assembly's 1,000-year-old history. We continue along part of the famous TT racing circuit, enjoying a fascinating commentary along the way from a former TT rider. We arrive in the old-fashioned fishing port of Peel, where you then have free time. You could take a walk to Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle, or visit the House of Manannan using your Heritage Explorer Pass. Later, we enjoy a journey on the Manx Electric Railway, the longest narrow-gauge vintage railway in the British Isles, from Ramsey to Douglas. Sit back and relax for a journey through glorious countryside, across gorse-topped hills and along the island's rugged east coast.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Isle of Man Steam Railway

We board the Isle of Man Steam Railway this morning for a steam-hauled journey through idyllic countryside, seaside towns, and traditional fishing ports before arriving at Port Erin, set within a beautiful bay on the south-west coast. Here we have a guided visit to the Railway Musuem, where we learn about the history of the steam powered railway from its inception in the 1800's to present day. Later, 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 fascinating sites is included with your Heritage Explorer Pass.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 – Douglas

Enjoy a free day to discover the Isle of Man at your own pace. You could visit the Gaiety Theatre Opened in 1893, this beautiful building served as the Isle of Man's main theatre until its closure in the 1960s. Having been a cinema, it has now been lovingly restored to its original state and is a delight to explore. You could also visit the captivating Grove Museum, which captures what life was like on the island during Victorian times.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Heysham and home

We make our way to Douglas' sea terminal for the ferry to Heysham. Once we've disembarked, our holiday comes to an end.

Includes
  • 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.

Please note

Please be aware that the order of the excursions may be different than appears here.

 

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

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

The Claremont Hotel, Douglas

The Claremont Hotel, Douglas

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Trains

Isle of Man Steam Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway

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Robert

5 stars

Submitted 11/Aug

Then Isle of Man is a beautiful place and well worth considering as a holiday destination. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, offering a genuine welcome to visitors. The towns and villages are clean and peaceful. The vintage trains and trams are really worth a visit. The local tour guides we had were great as was the GRJ Tour Manager (Diane). The hotel (Claremont) was lovely and the meals very good. Staff friendly and helpful. Overall, a lovely holiday.

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C Fellows

4 stars

Submitted 9/Aug

The holiday gives a good insight into the Isle of Man visiting the main points of interest, we particularly enjoyed the steam train from Douglas to Port Orin, the visits to Castletown and Peel, and the tram ride up Snaefell. The tram from Ramsey to Douglas was enjoyable at first, but after about 45 minutes it becomes less so, with another 25 minutes of rattling along!, but I suppose it has to be done. The coach tour driver Neil was very enthusiastic and gave out lots of interesting information, the tour guide Diane was also pleasant and friendly. The hotel was good but a bit noisy if you had a room at the front (sea view). The dinner choice was a bit limited as it is aimed at the group and not other hotel guests, but the standard on the whole was good. There is A La Carte available but at a price. The Promenade is just across the road from the hotel for a pleasant stroll.

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Adele Thomas

5 stars

Submitted 8/Aug

Tour manager was excellent - hotel great with good food- we had a lovely room with a sea view . The Isle of Man is a beautiful island and we enjoyed all the excursions

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COLIN

5 stars

Submitted 6/Aug

Very good and people very friendly

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Janet Walker

4 stars

Submitted 6/Aug

The holiday itself, and tour manager, Chris Kimber, were excellent. It was let down only by the hotel The Claremont. Our room was supposed to be a Business Club Double Room at an extra cost of £155 per person. I requested Chris to confirm with the hotel that we had been allocated a twin room. This he kindly did and received confirmation that our room would have twin beds. However, on arrival we found that our very basic room had a large king size bed. We requested this to be rectified, which eventually it was by splitting the bed into twin beds. This of course meant that very little room was left round the beds. There was no outlook as the windows had been shaded. I don’t understand why we paid an extra £155 each for such a basic room. On the brighter side, the hotel food was very good, except for our last group dinner when those who had the roast beef found the potatoes and Yorkshire pudding to be inedible.

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Rosemarie

4 stars

Submitted 6/Aug

Unfortunately, not all were operational.

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