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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £499*
Departing: June - October 2018
* Price shown: 22 October 2018 from Liverpool - LPL
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Dates available:

  • 9th June
  • 17th June
  • 25th June
  • 4th July
  • 12th July

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.

Historic Railways of the Isle of Man Holiday Highlights

  • Journey on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway
  • Ride on Britain's longest electric railway, the Manx Electric Railway
  • Take the Snaefell Mountain Railway from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell
  • Take in the views across 'Seven Kingdoms' from Snaefell summit station on clear days

What does the price include?

  • Four nights' half-board accommodation at your chosen hotel in Douglas
  • Visits to Castletown, Port Erin, Ramsey and Peel
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to the Isle of Man
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Free rail travel and entry to all Manx National Heritage attractions with a Go Explore Heritage Card
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One: Fly to the Isle of Man

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: Ride the Isle of Man Steam Railway to Castletown and Port Erin

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: Ride the Manx Electric Railway to Ramsey and Peel

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. We'll then board a bus and continue 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 back through the Manx countryside to Douglas.

Day Four: Ride the Snaefell Mountain Railway to the summit of Snaefell

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: Fly back to your local airport

Return to the airport and check in for your flight back to mainland UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Belfast City
Belfast City 05 October 2018 £673
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 October 2018 £574
Belfast City
Belfast City 18 October 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 22 October 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 June 2018 £855
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 July 2018 £844
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 August 2018 £694
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 September 2018 £779
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 September 2018 £830
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 September 2018 £705
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 September 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 October 2018 £753
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 October 2018 £670
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 October 2018 £594
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 October 2018 £594
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 October 2018 £594
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 October 2018 £564
Liverpool
Liverpool 17 June 2018 £790
Liverpool
Liverpool 04 July 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 July 2018 £710
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 August 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 01 September 2018 £699
Liverpool
Liverpool 11 September 2018 £700
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 September 2018 £625
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 September 2018 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 05 October 2018 £608
Liverpool
Liverpool 10 October 2018 £605
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 October 2018 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 October 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 October 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 October 2018 £499
London City
London City 04 July 2018 £754
London City
London City 12 July 2018 £895
London City
London City 01 September 2018 £839
London City
London City 16 September 2018 £835
London City
London City 10 October 2018 £745
London City
London City 18 October 2018 £639
London City
London City 22 October 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £900
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 July 2018 £740
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 August 2018 £689
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 September 2018 £719
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 September 2018 £750
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 September 2018 £695
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2018 £623
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 October 2018 £620
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 October 2018 £524
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 October 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 October 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 October 2018 £514
London Luton
London Luton 20 August 2018 £654
London Luton
London Luton 22 October 2018 £574
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2018 £920
Manchester
Manchester 04 July 2018 £684
Manchester
Manchester 12 July 2018 £755
Manchester
Manchester 20 August 2018 £724
Manchester
Manchester 01 September 2018 £734
Manchester
Manchester 11 September 2018 £755
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £660
Manchester
Manchester 18 September 2018 £694
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2018 £643
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £640
Manchester
Manchester 12 October 2018 £544
Manchester
Manchester 18 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 22 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 23 October 2018 £534
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 October 2018 £609
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 October 2018 £599
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 October 2018 £599

Chesterhouse Hotel ★★★

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

Empress Hotel ★★★

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

Ascot Hotel ★★★

The delightful, three-star Ascot Hotel offers a friendly welcome just 100 metres from Douglas' main seafront promenade.

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.

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.

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. The Snaefell Mountain Railway is due to open on 29th March 2018, and will unfortunately not be operating for our 23rd March 2018 departure.

**Low deposits of £79pp apply to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes: Lapland; Andre Rieu in Maastricht; Andre Rieu in Vienna; Deep South Rhythm, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Canada's Rocky Mountaineer; Seychelles Island Cruise; Darjeeling and Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom; Classic South Africa; Victoria Falls to Cape Town - Under African Skies; Cape Town, the Garden Route and Big Five Safari; Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu; and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.


***This offer is valid from 6th April and applies to new bookings departing on 9th, 17th, 25th June & 4th, 12th July 2018 only. Offer is valid from all airports offering the date. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (LATE3) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

Historic Railways of the IOM reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Historic Railways of the IOMScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 175 reviews
(8 out of 10)

SUSAN

Southminster Friends
Excellent tour guide who was so enthusiastic and on the ball. Interesting and informative itinerary. We loved being given the Go Explore card at the beginning so we could explore the island independently on any form of transport at times when there weren't organised trips. The focus on the variety of rail transport gave the whole holiday an interesting theme. We loved the island - but we were blessed with cool but very sunny weather- which meant we probably saw it at it's best. We will definitely return in the next couple of years , probably on an independent trip.
The only downside was the hotel, the Chesterhouse, where we had rather pokey rooms. The food was wholesome if uninspiring. It needs some TLC!
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 11 May 2018
(8 out of 10)

MARGARET

Newark Friends
Lovely holiday, excellent tour guide, plenty to see and do in the Isle of man.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(8 out of 10)

SUSAN

Worcester Couple
Well put together, good programme of events and visits and lovely ice cream! Tour guide was brilliant making all the places we visited come to life. The good weather really added to the holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed and have been recommending to our friends and family.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

NOEL

Single traveller
Great from start to finish

Tour manager was exceptional
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

IAN

Northampton Couple
We were fortunate with the weather. The Tour Manager made the trip. His gentle organisation, his endless enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of the Island, and its history, kept us informed and entertained throughout. When one of the trains to Snaefell broke down, he calmly tweaked our itinerary that day to ensure we made the trip up the mountain and also had time for lunch. Hotel was perfectly situated in Douglas and close to the Theatre and Cinema.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(9 out of 10)

DAVID

Couple
We were pleased with all the trips and the blue badge guide was excellent. Particularly enjoyed the 'Go' card facility.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018
(10 out of 10)

ELIZABETH

Romsley Single traveller
Really enjoyable, well organised few days. Great value for money.
Confirmed traveller: 01 May 2018
Published on: 10 May 2018