Isle Of Man Explorer
2020 - Chesterhouse Hotel - 5 Days (OT5004)
Stay on Queens Promenade with great sea views
Amazing programme of excursions!
Join us on this exciting new tour for 2020 as we head north to the pretty, yet relatively undiscovered Isle of Man. We will stay on the seafront in Douglas and there will be 2 nights of entertainment for you to enjoy at your hotel. We've lined up some amazing excursions for you which include a ride on the Manx Steam Railway, a visit to Cregneash Village Folk Park to learn all about the island's heritage, and scenic Calf Sound. No visit would be complete without us also spending some time on the famous TT course so we have included a guided tour along the TT course road to the Tynwald Hill, home to the Manx Parliament. We also include the Great Laxey Wheel and the historic fishing port of Peel, famous for its Castle (admission included) and delicious Manx kippers.
And if all that is not enough, you'll have a free day to explore Douglas and its surrounding with an Isle of Man Explorer Pass which includes a horse-drawn tram, vintage railway and island bus service whci we hope will help you enjoy exploring as you please. Phew!
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
The charming Chesterhouse Hotel offers spectacular views of Douglas Bay, was designed in the Victorian style and built in 1879. It is set in the heart of Douglas, which makes access to all of the key sights easy and quick. The Chesterhouse has 67 tasteful rooms equipped with a storage space, a sitting area and a sofa set. Some rooms include views of the sea. Each room comes with its own bathroom featuring a bath, shower and a hairdryer. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant and there is a music bar to relax in and maybe sip a delicious drink or cocktail?
Please note that due to the original architectural features of this hotel it is not suitable for any guests requiring 'wheelchair' or 'street level access', as it has external steps to access the hotel entrance and some steps inside the building.
After joining the coach at one of convenient local pick up points, we make an early start as we head north towards Liverpool to catch our ferry across the Irish Sea to Douglas. Enjoy the facilities on board before being transferred to our delightful hotel. Check in and maybe take a stroll along the promenade before returning to the hotel for your first delicious dinner.
Days 2 - 4
Enjoy a hearty traditional Manx breakfast every morning along with free time to explore on your own. Make sure you join us for our fabulous INCLUDED excursions including a visit to the famous TT course and a ride on the Manx Steam Railway. On our day at leisure, do use your Isle of Man Explorer Pass to really explore Douglas and the sorrounding area. In the evenings return to the hotel for a drink and to enjoy delicious dinners and some great entertainment at the hotel.
After a final breakfast it is sadly time make our way home. We re-join the ferry back to Liverpool and from there head south back towards Wales and home.
Isle of Man Steam Railway, Cregneash Village Folk Museum & Calf Sound
The Isle of Man Steam Railway is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives and carriages. The three foot narrow gauge railway was opened in 1873 and runs through the Island’s charming countryside between the Island’s capital and a range of destinations in the south. Originally the southern route, which is around 15 and a half miles long, was part of a much larger steam railway network which used to serve Peel in the west, Ramsey in the north and the small mining village of Foxdale. Simply sit back and revel in the spectacular Manx scenery and countryside as it gradually passes by you.
Settled on an upland plateau, in the shadow of Meayll Hill and overlooking the Calf of Man, Cregneash was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the traditional crofting way of life. Step inside the original cottages to find out how the crofter lived through an engaging experience that includes domestic skills and craft demonstrations as well as stories of their rugged self-sufficient lifestyles. A walk around Cregneash will reveal some indigenous Manx animal breeds and traditional farming practices. Take some time to enjoy the ever changing seasons and unique natural history. Take care: For your own comfort and safety, wear sensible shoes and take care on uneven surfaces whilst visiting this site.
Calf Sound is located at the Island's very southern tip is one of the most scenic places in the British Isles. Abundant with wildlife and natural wonders, this area is a hotspot for seals sunbathing on the rocky Kitterland, a small rocky islet. The area is also frequented by dolphins and basking sharks and the swirling tidal races are popular with adventurous kayakers.
TT Race Circuit Guided Tour, Great Laxey Wheel & Peel
Today we will take a guided tour along the TT course road to the Tynwald Hill, home to the Manx Parliament. You'll be fascinated by the insight our guide can bring to this iconic island event and location.
The Great Laxey Wheel is an amazing feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity and is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. The Lady Isabella as she is also known, served the mine for 70 years and became the Island’s most dramatic tourist attraction. Watch the mighty wheel turn and climb to the top for panoramic views across Glen Mooar Valley. Beyond the wheel take an hour to explore the mine and the trail to the mine ruins to learn more about the lives of the Laxey miners.
- Reserved coach seating throughout
- Return ferry crossing to/from the Isle of Man
- 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast on the Isle of Man
- Evening entertainment on 2 nights
- Ride on the Manx Steam Railway
- Excursion to Cregneash Village Folk Museum & Calf Sound
- Guided tour of part of the TT circuit, a visit to the Great Laxey Wheel & the fishing village of Peel
- One day Isle of Man Explorer Pass to use on your free day
Please note that due to the original architectural features of our hotel on this tour it is not suitable for any guests requiring 'wheelchair' or 'street level access', as it has external steps to access the hotel entrance and some steps inside the building.
This tour picks up at the following points:
- Swansea West
- Swansea Central
- Port Talbot
- Cardiff West
- Cardiff Central
- Cardiff Gate
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.
Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.
Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.
Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room. Single rooms will incu a supplement.
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