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Experience the historic railways of the Isle of Man

6 days From £695 per person
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Book your 2022 holiday between 8th December 2021 and up to and including 31st January 2022 and you can transfer your holiday for free - no questions asked. T&C's apply

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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.

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  • 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 we visit Moore's Traditional Curers, home of the famous oak smoked Manx Kippers, for an insight into the kipper making process. 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. 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 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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4.6 stars4.6 / 5 · 195 reviews

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John Oxley

5 stars

Submitted 14 Nov 2021

Despite the problems with the ferry crossings both going and returning to Heysham, I felt the holiday was a success and the tour manager should be highly commended for the way she dealt with all the problems. The Great Rail Journeys Head Office should also be congratulated for so swiftly arranging accommodation due to cancelled ferries and paying for an extra evening meal both the Lancaster Hotel on the way out and at the Isle of Man hotel before our return on the evening ferry. The holiday programme itself on the Island lived up to expectation and I thoroughly enjoyed all the experiences and the hotel where we stayed was excellent with the staff being very friendly and helpful.

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Margaret Ruth Elphick

5 stars

Submitted 09 Nov 2021

Very enjoyable, enhanced by Margaret a knowledgeable & helpful guide.

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Customer Alan French

5 stars

Submitted 09 Nov 2021

We had an amazing adventure. Loved the Isle of Man, and the included tours were excellent. Unfortunately the weather played a big part in our story, as both our outbound and inbound ferries were cancelled due to weather. We were looked after extremely well by Great Rail in difficult circumstances, which were no fault of their own. I think if we returned we would definitely choose to fly. I would still recommend this trip though.

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Customer

3 stars

Submitted 08 Nov 2021

Unfortunately the weather played it's part, delaying travel to and from the island by approximately 12 hours each time. Also the weather was not to good for sightseeing, which was a pity as it probably gave us the wrong impression.

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KT

4 stars

Submitted 08 Nov 2021

Apart from the problems with the ferry (cancelled both ways) this trip was excellent. The Claremont Hotel in Douglas was very good being right on the sea front within walking distance of ferry terminal and the trains. We saw all major sites and David the bus driver was very informative. The countryside was beautiful.

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Christopher Wright

4 stars

Submitted 02 Nov 2021

A thoroughly enjoyable stay. The hotel was excellent and the food superb throughout our stay. We made good use of our travel passes and it was great that they could be used on IoM Steam Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway, the Manx Electric Railway and the busses. One star lost only because the dis-embarkment & embarkment arrangements at Douglas for foot passengers on the ferry involve ludicrous ascents and descents

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