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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £499*
Departing: March - October 2018
* Price shown: 22 October 2018 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.

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. 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: 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 29 March 2018 £574
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 April 2018 £670
Belfast City
Belfast City 16 April 2018 £664
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 April 2018 £574
Belfast City
Belfast City 23 April 2018 £722
Belfast City
Belfast City 27 April 2018 £574
Belfast City
Belfast City 04 May 2018 £650
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 May 2018 £704
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 June 2018 £784
Belfast City
Belfast City 29 June 2018 £704
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 July 2018 £704
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 August 2018 £684
Belfast City
Belfast City 05 October 2018 £574
Belfast City
Belfast City 18 October 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 22 October 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 March 2018 £574
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 April 2018 £670
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 April 2018 £664
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 April 2018 £594
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 April 2018 £762
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 April 2018 £594
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 May 2018 £660
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 May 2018 £694
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 May 2018 £694
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 May 2018 £660
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 May 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 June 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 June 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 June 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 June 2018 £794
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 June 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 July 2018 £694
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 July 2018 £714
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 August 2018 £694
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 September 2018 £699
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 September 2018 £705
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 September 2018 £739
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 October 2018 £574
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 October 2018 £670
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 October 2018 £670
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 October 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 October 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 October 2018 £564
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 March 2018 £589
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 April 2018 £685
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 April 2018 £679
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 April 2018 £589
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 April 2018 £737
Glasgow
Glasgow 27 April 2018 £589
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 May 2018 £660
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 May 2018 £714
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 June 2018 £794
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 July 2018 £714
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 August 2018 £694
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 October 2018 £589
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 October 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 October 2018 £579
Liverpool
Liverpool 29 March 2018 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 April 2018 £605
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 April 2018 £599
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 April 2018 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 April 2018 £657
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 April 2018 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 04 May 2018 £575
Liverpool
Liverpool 08 May 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 May 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 May 2018 £575
Liverpool
Liverpool 24 May 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 09 June 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 13 June 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 17 June 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 25 June 2018 £709
Liverpool
Liverpool 29 June 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 04 July 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 July 2018 £629
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 August 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 11 September 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 September 2018 £625
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 September 2018 £659
Liverpool
Liverpool 05 October 2018 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 10 October 2018 £605
Liverpool
Liverpool 14 October 2018 £605
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 October 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 October 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 October 2018 £499
London City
London City 29 March 2018 £649
London City
London City 16 April 2018 £739
London City
London City 23 April 2018 £807
London City
London City 04 May 2018 £720
London City
London City 16 May 2018 £754
London City
London City 24 May 2018 £774
London City
London City 13 June 2018 £774
London City
London City 25 June 2018 £854
London City
London City 04 July 2018 £754
London City
London City 12 July 2018 £774
London City
London City 16 September 2018 £765
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 29 March 2018 £524
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 April 2018 £620
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 April 2018 £614
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 April 2018 £524
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 April 2018 £672
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 April 2018 £554
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 May 2018 £590
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 May 2018 £624
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 May 2018 £624
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 May 2018 £590
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 May 2018 £644
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 June 2018 £644
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 June 2018 £644
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £644
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 June 2018 £724
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 June 2018 £644
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 July 2018 £659
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 August 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 September 2018 £639
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 September 2018 £645
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 September 2018 £679
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2018 £524
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 October 2018 £620
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 14 October 2018 £620
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 16 April 2018 £619
London Luton
London Luton 23 April 2018 £677
London Luton
London Luton 25 June 2018 £739
London Luton
London Luton 20 August 2018 £654
London Luton
London Luton 22 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 29 March 2018 £539
Manchester
Manchester 12 April 2018 £635
Manchester
Manchester 16 April 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 20 April 2018 £539
Manchester
Manchester 23 April 2018 £687
Manchester
Manchester 27 April 2018 £539
Manchester
Manchester 04 May 2018 £605
Manchester
Manchester 08 May 2018 £639
Manchester
Manchester 16 May 2018 £639
Manchester
Manchester 22 May 2018 £625
Manchester
Manchester 24 May 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 09 June 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 13 June 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 25 June 2018 £739
Manchester
Manchester 29 June 2018 £659
Manchester
Manchester 04 July 2018 £654
Manchester
Manchester 12 July 2018 £674
Manchester
Manchester 20 August 2018 £654
Manchester
Manchester 11 September 2018 £654
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £660
Manchester
Manchester 18 September 2018 £694
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2018 £544
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £640
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £640
Manchester
Manchester 18 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 22 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 23 October 2018 £534
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 April 2018 £705
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 April 2018 £699
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 April 2018 £609
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 April 2018 £757
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 May 2018 £680
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 June 2018 £814
Newcastle
Newcastle 29 June 2018 £734
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 July 2018 £734
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 August 2018 £714
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 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.

Mannin Hotel ★★★★

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

Ascot Hotel ★★★

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

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.

Rutland Hotel ★★★

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

Empress Hotel ★★★

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

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 deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st November and 30th November 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, and Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM). This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

**This offer applies to new bookings on air-inclusive holidays made between 24th November and 27th November 2017 (inclusive). Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other 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 146 reviews
(9 out of 10)

SUSAN

Steyning Couple
we had a great time but would have liked to be told before hand about the Scarfel mountain railway not working as that was the main point of our trip
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(9 out of 10)

BARBARA

Hailsham, East Sussex. Couple
Lots of information from Jane about the island, the history and traditions.
Confirmed traveller: 31 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

CLARE

Crawley Couple
Excellently organized and much enjoyed - very good tour guide and a great balance of organized activities and free time. The go-cards were a tremendous positive. The hotel was really excellent - shame its location is such a noisy one, but that is not their fault; their food and staff were exceptional.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 11 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

TIMOTHY

Dartford Friends
Very enjoyable - good hotel situated on the seafront with a well informed and interesting tour manager. The whole island proved to be scenic and interesting with very friendly and helpful people. However, the nature of the holiday (and in fact the island as a whole) is not particularly suited for those with a physical disability.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(9 out of 10)

Sue

Purbrook Couple
The weather was amazingly kind. The organised trips were excellent and John, our guide, was very well informed and just made the whole holiday exceptional. We did, however, think the hotel was not as we were expecting, which was a little disappointing but the staff were very kind and hard working,
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(8 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

Bolton Family
A very well organised tour made even better by the fantastic, highly knowedgabe and helpful tour manager John
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 07 November 2017
(10 out of 10)

TREVOR

Newhaven Family
We had a brilliant holiday and our tour guide John was excellent!! We didn’t realise there was so much history attached to the Island .
We couldn’t go up Snaefell as the train wasn’t running which was a shame but John laid on a full day of exploring the Island which made up for it .
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2017
Published on: 06 November 2017