Historic Railways Of The Isle Of Man
4 nights. March 2019 - October 2019. From £499.00.
Join us for a marvellous short break to a place where life is lived at a slower pace, against a background of rolling hills and wonderful beaches blessed by clean air and unpolluted skies. An independent Crown dependency, the island is full of fascination - its unique heritage railways offering a marvellous way to discover and explore.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend four nights in island capital Douglas
Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
Visit classic resort Port Erin
The Manx Electric Railway is Britain's longest
Take the Snaefell Mountain Railway
On a clear day, see 'Seven Kingdoms' from the summit station
Free rail travel and entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions with a Go Explore Heritage Card
Four nights' half-board accommodation at the three-star Chesterhouse Hotel, Douglas, the three-star Rutland Hotel, Douglas, the three-star Empress Hotel, Douglas or the four-star Mannin Hotel, Douglas
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to the Isle of Man and upon arrival transfer to Douglas and your hotel. Settle into the delightful island capital - part traditional seaside resort, part working port and part thriving financial centre - with its shore-side promenades, horse-drawn trams and host of cafes and pubs.
Day TwoThe first heritage journey sees you travel south from Douglas' authentic Victorian station on the famous Steam Railway, a 15.5-mile narrow-gauge run, via former island capital Castletown, to beautiful Port Erin. Alight at the former to discover impregnable Castle Rushen and the Old House of Keys, the restored 19th-century parliament building, before re-boarding the train to travel on to seaside resort Port Erin, with its beaches, views of the offshore 'Calf of Man' and its engaging Railway Museum. Enjoy free time and either return to Douglas by train at your leisure - using your Go Explore Heritage Card - or transfer back to Douglas.
Day ThreeToday we'll head to Peel on the western side of the island. See the ruins of Peel Castle on its little peninsula on the tip of the marina, or visit the town's Celtic heritage and transport museums before we wind our way through the Manx countryside to Ramsey by bus. Here we’ll board the lovingly maintained Victorian and Edwardian trains of the Manx Electric Railway (MER) for the scenic 17-mile journey to Douglas Derby Castle station.
Day FourA last day's exploration sees you back aboard the MER for the journey to historic Laxey, where Lady Isabella is the world's largest working waterwheel and the island's most photographed attraction. Take in the sight, perhaps visit the nearby Laxey Woollen Mills, then board the Victorian Snaefell Mountain Railway, Britain's only electric mountain railway, for the scenic journey to the summit, from where the views on clear days stretch to the 'Seven Kingdoms' - of England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man... and the kingdoms of heaven and sea! Return via Laxey to Douglas, where there's a last opportunity to stroll in the town before a final dinner in the hotel.
Day FiveTransfer back to the airport for the return flight, at the end of a hugely enjoyable few days of 'Manx Magic'. Back to top
Situated on the Queens Promenade in Douglas - the island's capital - this hotel stands just a short stroll from the town centre.
The Rutland Hotel has a restaurant and bar.
Each room offers private facilities, flat screen satellite TV, hairdryer, a telephone and tea- and coffee-making facilitiesAscot Hotel
The delightful, three-star Ascot Hotel offers a friendly welcome just 100 metres from Douglas' main seafront promenade.
The hotel has a restaurant, as well as an inviting lobby bar where you can help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee.
Each of the attractively furnished guest rooms has private facilities, TV, a telephone, free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, a safe, and an iron and ironing board. Sea View rooms are available for a supplement.Chesterhouse Hotel
This traditional three-star hotel stands on the seafront in Douglas.
The hotel has free Wi-Fi in its public areas, plus a Shiraz carvery restaurant and a bar.
The rooms are comfortably furnished and have private facilities, hairdryers, telephones, TV, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Welbeck Hotel
This friendly, three-star hotel stands close to all the amenities of the centre of Douglas and just 100 metres from the main promenade.
The hotel has a lift, a conservatory restaurant and a cosy lobby bar. Free Wi-Fi is available, and the hotel offers room service and the use of a launderette.
Each room has private facilities, TV, a telephone, free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, a safe and a fridge.Mannin Hotel
The newly opened Mannin is a welcome addition to the island capital, and overlooks the Broadway and Villa Marina.
The hotel has stylish bar and restaurant on its ground floor.
The guest rooms are well-appointed, and each has free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, a fridge, TV, pillow menu, air conditioning, room service, iron and ironing board, a safe and tea- and coffee-making facilities.Empress Hotel
Situated on the Promenade and overlooking the bay, the Empress Hotel provides fantastic views of the sea from its large conservatory.
As well as a restaurant and bar, the hotel has a small gym, a sauna and a steam room.
The comfortable and modern guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, hairdryers, tea- and coffee-making facilities.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Go Explore Heritage CardYour card offers five days unlimited travel on the Manx Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway and the Douglas Horse Trams (when operating - typically between 30th April and 30th October, with some rest days), plus admission to Manx National Heritage's sites and museums.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. Please note that this holiday is not recommended for customers with limited mobility, as there are steps to get on and off the trains.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Train journeysIn the unlikely event of a steam locomotive breaking down and/or being unavailable on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, we reserve the right to substitute the engine with a diesel locomotive. The Snaefell Mountain Railway is due to open on 29th March 2018, and will unfortunately not be operating for our 23rd March 2018 departure. Back to top