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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £509*
Departing: September - October 2017
* Price shown: 27 October 2017 from Liverpool - LPL
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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

Itinerary

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 Airport Date Price From
Birmingham
Birmingham 07 September 2017 £799
Birmingham
Birmingham 15 September 2017 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 September 2017 £759
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 September 2017 £719
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 September 2017 £719
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 October 2017 £599
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 October 2017 £609
Birmingham
Birmingham 19 October 2017 £589
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 October 2017 £569
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 October 2017 £569
Liverpool
Liverpool 07 September 2017 £669
Liverpool
Liverpool 15 September 2017 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 19 September 2017 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 September 2017 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 September 2017 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 13 October 2017 £539
Liverpool
Liverpool 17 October 2017 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 19 October 2017 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 25 October 2017 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 October 2017 £509
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 15 September 2017 £689
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 September 2017 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 September 2017 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 September 2017 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 October 2017 £569
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 October 2017 £569
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 19 October 2017 £529
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 October 2017 £509
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 October 2017 £509
Manchester
Manchester 07 September 2017 £709
Manchester
Manchester 15 September 2017 £699
Manchester
Manchester 19 September 2017 £709
Manchester
Manchester 23 September 2017 £669
Manchester
Manchester 27 September 2017 £669
Manchester
Manchester 13 October 2017 £559
Manchester
Manchester 17 October 2017 £559
Manchester
Manchester 19 October 2017 £569
Manchester
Manchester 25 October 2017 £529
Manchester
Manchester 27 October 2017 £529

Empress Hotel ★★★

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

Mannin Hotel ★★★★

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

Rutland Hotel ★★★

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

Chesterhouse Hotel ★★★

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

Ascot Hotel ★★★

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

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.

Historic Railways of the IOM reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Historic Railways of the IOMScores 8.8 out of 10 based on 21 reviews
(5 out of 10)

DAN

Walsall Couple
The tour manager was excellent. The schedule of events was first class.
Travel arrangements to IOM and within IOM were great.

The hotel rooms provided were poorly located, 4th floor tiny 3person slow lift.
Meal times were very regimented, breakfast 7.00 prompt dinner 6.30 prompt.

When booking we had no choice of hotel, some in the party were staying at a 4 star hotel. This would have been preferable
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 16 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

STEPHEN

Family
a very good holiday as it was are first time it was good to go back in time
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 14 May 2017
(8 out of 10)

COLIN

Belfast Couple
very good. The choice from the carvery at the Rutland Hotel was very limited, but this was the only negative.
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 13 May 2017
(9 out of 10)

BRIAN

Bognor Regis Couple
Holiday was very good and the railways were very interesting . hotel and meals very good its a pity that easy jet could not arrange that people travelling together could sit together about 4 couples that we were travelling with never sat together on the plane. I did feel that the tour party was too big for the tour manager to cope with, at times people didn't always no what was going on. We would have liked warmer weather but of course no one can control that. But it was very interesting and our first time on the I of Man.
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 12 May 2017
(10 out of 10)

PHIL

Watford Couple
Hotel was excellent. Executive double room with a full view of the bay. Tour manager had very good knowledge and even found 3 traction engines and a steam train on a low loader that wasn't part of the tour.
Hotel even gave us 10 red roses, chocolates and a ruby wedding anniversary balloon when they found out.
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 12 May 2017
(10 out of 10)

TERENCE

Braintree Couple
We really enjoyed this well organised and varied holiday which was made even better by our superb tour guide Jane.
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 12 May 2017
(10 out of 10)

COLIN

Dudley Couple
Very well organised. Efficient and well informed rep.
Confirmed traveller: 25 April 2017
Published on: 11 May 2017