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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £509*
Departing: June - October 2017
* Price shown: 19 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 18 June 2017 £769
Birmingham
Birmingham 03 September 2017 £749
Birmingham
Birmingham 07 September 2017 £799
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 September 2017 £759
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 09 October 2017 £689
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 18 June 2017 £679
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 03 September 2017 £729
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 September 2017 £709
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 09 October 2017 £589
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
London Luton
London Luton 09 October 2017 £549
Manchester
Manchester 18 June 2017 £709
Manchester
Manchester 03 September 2017 £719
Manchester
Manchester 07 September 2017 £709
Manchester
Manchester 11 September 2017 £699
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 09 October 2017 £599
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

Mannin Hotel ★★★★

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

Empress Hotel ★★★

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

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 8.9 out of 10 based on 11 reviews
(7 out of 10)

IRENE

Leicester Family
We were blessed with very good weather for this trip.

This really quite expensive holiday was marred by the facilities of the hotel, which in our experience was below the standard we have come to expect from a Newmarket Holiday. As indicated below, we have contacted the Customer Service department but to date have had no response.
Confirmed traveller: 11 April 2017
Published on: 26 April 2017
(8 out of 10)

TREVOR

Barnsley Couple
Delays going out at Manchester not help full but had phone call from Newmarket. Tour rep was, has all Newmarket rep have been, really good, friendly and very help full. The weather was good for us and a very good holiday was had. Hotel was good with very good food.
Confirmed traveller: 11 April 2017
Published on: 18 April 2017
(10 out of 10)

SANDRA

Friends
Brilliant arrangements excellent tour guide hotel could have been better.
Confirmed traveller: 11 April 2017
Published on: 18 April 2017
(9 out of 10)

peter

gloucester Couple
a very enjoyable holiday the tour guide was brilliant
Confirmed traveller: 11 April 2017
Published on: 18 April 2017
(10 out of 10)

ELIZABETH

Couple
Had a very enjoyable holiday. Tour guide was excellent. the Manin Hotel was superb would recommend it.
Confirmed traveller: 03 April 2017
Published on: 21 April 2017