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.
A journey on the Douglas Promenade by Horse- drawn tram
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 to the Isle of Man by ferry
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
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 historic horse-drawn tram*. The trams,
known locally as 'toast racks', have been running since 1876 and
remain a testimony to Victorian engineering, as popular today as
they were when first introduced. We then board an electric train to
take us to the fishing village of Laxey.
Here we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric
mountain railway in the British Isles, dating from 1895. The
journey takes us all the way to the summit of Snaefell at 2,036
feet. On a clear day you can see England, Ireland, Scotland and
A café at the summit offers the opportunity for you to purchase
lunch while enjoying the stunning views. We then return to Laxey,
where you have time to explore. Separated into two parts, the main
village and Old Laxey, which surrounds the picturesque tidal
harbour, the town is home to the Laxey Wheel, the world's largest
The 'Lady Isabella' was built in 1854 to pump water from Laxey's
lead and zinc mines. It is possible to climb the steep spiral
staircase to view the working wheel from the platform above. The
wheel is one of the iconic images of the Isle of Man and to see it
from above and in action is a fascinating experience. 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.
Day 3 - The Manx Electric Railway and Peel
Today we take the coach to Peel - an old-fashioned fishing port
whose quaint, narrow streets lead to its deep harbour. 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. The Tynwald
claims to be over 1,000 years old with the earliest records dating
back to 1422.
A parliamentary assembly, the Tynwald has operated under Celtic
and Viking rule as an institution designed not to pass laws but
rather to settle local disputes and as a community forum. The
museum charts the history of this fascinating political entity and
proves a delight to discover.
We then arrive in Peel. The thriving fishing industry and many
smokehouses have made Peel famous for its kippers. During our time
here, you may wish to visit Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's
Isle, which dates back to the 11th century, or the House of
Manannan, a museum that explores the island's Celtic, Viking and
maritime heritage, which you can explore thanks to your included
Heritage Explorer Pass. Alternately, seek out the kippers, which
are regarded to be some of the finest in the country.
After some interdependent sightseeing, we enjoy a journey on the
full length of the Manx Electric Railway from Ramsey to Douglas.
The railway is recognised as the longest narrow-gauge vintage
railway in the British Isles, taking you on a 17-mile journey
through glorious countryside, across gorse-topped hills and along
the stunning shores of the east coast on our way to Douglas. We
make this journey travelling in the oldest working tramcars in the
Days 4-5 - The Isle of Man Steam Railway
This morning we walk to Douglas railway station to board the
Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest Victorian rail
system. The mesmerising steam-hauled journey in restored heritage
carriages takes us through verdant countryside, beside shimmering
seaside scenery and past small towns and old-fashioned fishing
ports. We pull into the station in Port Erin, an imposing town set
within a beautiful bay on the south west point of the island. After
time to explore, we are collected by coach for a tour of the
headland overlooking the spectacular Calf of Man.
This terrific corner of the island is home to an array of
delightful wildlife including seals and a wide variety of nesting
birds. After touring the prominentary, we travel to Castletown, the
island's ancient capital. Castle Rushen, a magnificently preserved
medieval fortress, dominates the town and merits a visit during our
time here, as do the Nautical Museum and the Old House of Keys.
Entrance to all three sites is included with your Heritage Explorer
Day 5 is free to enjoy the island at leisure.
An included Explorer Pass allows you to travel on the local trains
and buses (payable locally). As the island is brimming with
heritage and fantastic scenery, you are never without something
interesting to see and do. One popular option is a tour of the
Gaiety Theatre, the Isle of Man's opera house. Drenched in
Edwardian splendour, this impressive room plays host to all manner
of productions, and many of its rooms and exterior hark back to
that age, with a wonderful main room decked out in splendid gold.
Alternatively, perhaps visit the steam train sheds, which first
opened in 1900.
Your included Heritage pass also allows you to explore a myriad
of fascinating National Heritage sites on the island. One option is
to visit the captivating Grove Museum. The preserved former home of
the Gibb sisters, who lived here until the 1970s, the house has
been practically untouched since Victorian times, granting its
visitors a unique and compelling glimpse into the past. Exploring
the house and grounds is like taking a step back in time, as you
discover authentic Victorian furniture, clothing, farming
equipment, and more.
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Journey Home
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
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.
Please be aware that the order of the excursions may be
different than appears here.
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.
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.
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.