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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 Days From £509*
Departing 2017
* Price shown: 27 Oct 2017 from London Gatwick - LGW

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The Jewel of the Irish Sea

Discover a corner of the world, where daily life seems to move a little slower, on an escorted tour that includes three unforgettable rail journeys through the timeless landscape of the Isle of Man. Head south from the island capital, Douglas, to the unspoilt beaches of Port Erin; north to Ramsey then west to pretty Peel; and east to Laxey beneath the green slopes of Snaefell.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
  • Visit Port Erin
  • Ride on Britain's longest electric railway, the Manx Electric Railway
  • Take the Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell
  • Views across 'Seven Kingdoms' from the summit station on clear days
  • Free rail travel and entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions with a Go Explore Heritage Card
  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel in Douglas
  • Return flights from the UK to the Isle of Man
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement


Day One

Fly to Isle of Man airport where our coach will transfer you to your hotel in Douglas. Depending on your arrival time, you may have some free time to discover the town. Take the horse-drawn tram along the seafront (operating seasonally), stop for a drink and a bite to eat in one of the cafes and relaxed restaurants around North Quay, or uncover the island's history at the Manx Museum.

Day Two

Once a complex network that served most of the island, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is now a single 15.5-mile route through woods, request stops, tiny stations and sea views to Castletown. Here you'll have time to walk the battlements of Castle Rushen and see the debating chamber of the island's 19th-century parliament building, before returning to the train to continue your journey to Port Erin.

Once in Port Erin you're free to explore - the beaches and views are glorious, and the Railway Museum is well worth a visit - then return to Douglas by train.

Day Three

Today we'll head to Derby Castle station to board the lovingly maintained Victorian and Edwardian trains of the Manx Electric Railway (MER) for the scenic 17-mile journey to Ramsey. After time to explore here we'll board a bus and continue to Peel. 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 back through the Manx countryside to Douglas.

Day Four

Our second journey on the MER takes us to Laxey, site of the world's largest working waterwheel. Here we'll change lines and ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway through the spectacular scenery to the summit of Snaefell 2000 feet above.

Returning to Douglas you'll have the rest of the day free before your final dinner at the hotel.

Day Five

Return to the airport and check in for your flight back to mainland UK.


 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Birmingham06 May 2017 £719.00
Birmingham14 May 2017 £749.00
Birmingham19 May 2017 £639.00
Birmingham23 May 2017 £659.00
Birmingham14 Jun 2017 £786.00
Birmingham18 Jun 2017 £769.00
Birmingham22 Jun 2017 £769.00
Birmingham07 Sep 2017 £779.00
Birmingham15 Sep 2017 £739.00
Birmingham19 Sep 2017 £759.00
Birmingham23 Sep 2017 £719.00
Birmingham27 Sep 2017 £719.00
Birmingham13 Oct 2017 £599.00
Birmingham17 Oct 2017 £609.00
Birmingham19 Oct 2017 £589.00
Birmingham25 Oct 2017 £569.00
Birmingham27 Oct 2017 £569.00
Liverpool06 May 2017 £659.00
Liverpool19 May 2017 £579.00
Liverpool23 May 2017 £599.00
Liverpool14 Jun 2017 £699.00
Liverpool18 Jun 2017 £679.00
Liverpool07 Sep 2017 £669.00
Liverpool15 Sep 2017 £659.00
Liverpool19 Sep 2017 £659.00
Liverpool23 Sep 2017 £659.00
Liverpool27 Sep 2017 £659.00
Liverpool13 Oct 2017 £539.00
Liverpool17 Oct 2017 £509.00
Liverpool19 Oct 2017 £509.00
Liverpool25 Oct 2017 £509.00
Liverpool27 Oct 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick06 May 2017 £669.00
London Gatwick14 May 2017 £749.00
London Gatwick19 May 2017 £629.00
London Gatwick23 May 2017 £609.00
London Gatwick14 Jun 2017 £709.00
London Gatwick22 Jun 2017 £669.00
London Gatwick15 Sep 2017 £689.00
London Gatwick19 Sep 2017 £699.00
London Gatwick23 Sep 2017 £669.00
London Gatwick27 Sep 2017 £669.00
London Gatwick13 Oct 2017 £569.00
London Gatwick17 Oct 2017 £569.00
London Gatwick19 Oct 2017 £529.00
London Gatwick25 Oct 2017 £509.00
London Gatwick27 Oct 2017 £509.00
Manchester06 May 2017 £699.00
Manchester14 May 2017 £699.00
Manchester19 May 2017 £599.00
Manchester23 May 2017 £619.00
Manchester14 Jun 2017 £729.00
Manchester18 Jun 2017 £709.00
Manchester22 Jun 2017 £669.00
Manchester07 Sep 2017 £709.00
Manchester15 Sep 2017 £699.00
Manchester19 Sep 2017 £709.00
Manchester23 Sep 2017 £669.00
Manchester27 Sep 2017 £669.00
Manchester13 Oct 2017 £559.00
Manchester17 Oct 2017 £559.00
Manchester19 Oct 2017 £569.00
Manchester25 Oct 2017 £529.00
Manchester27 Oct 2017 £529.00

Rutland Hotel


Situated on the Queens Promenade in Douglas - the island's capital - this hotel stands just a short stroll from the town centre.

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Chesterhouse Hotel


This traditional three-star hotel stands on the seafront in Douglas.

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Empress Hotel


Situated on the Promenade and overlooking the bay, the Empress Hotel provides fantastic views of the sea from its large conservatory.

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Mannin Hotel


The newly opened Mannin is a welcome addition to the island capital, and overlooks the Broadway and Villa Marina.

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Welbeck Hotel

This friendly three-star hotel stands in the centre of Douglas, just 100 yards up the hill from the main promenade.

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Ascot Hotel

The three-star Ascot Hotel offers a friendly welcome just 100 yards uphill from Douglas' main seafront promenade.

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Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We 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 Card

Your 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 requirements

If 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 access

The 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 changes

Occasionally, 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 hotels

Should 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 journeys

In 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.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

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