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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £489*
Departing: September 2017 - 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 the UK 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 the UK

Return to the airport and check in for your flight back to mainland UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Belfast City
Belfast City 23 March 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 29 March 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 02 April 2018 £712
Belfast City
Belfast City 06 April 2018 £654
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 April 2018 £660
Belfast City
Belfast City 16 April 2018 £654
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 April 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 23 April 2018 £712
Belfast City
Belfast City 27 April 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 04 May 2018 £640
Belfast City
Belfast City 24 May 2018 £694
Belfast City
Belfast City 25 June 2018 £774
Belfast City
Belfast City 29 June 2018 £694
Belfast City
Belfast City 12 July 2018 £694
Belfast City
Belfast City 20 August 2018 £674
Belfast City
Belfast City 27 September 2018 £714
Belfast City
Belfast City 05 October 2018 £564
Belfast City
Belfast City 18 October 2018 £554
Belfast City
Belfast City 22 October 2018 £554
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 25 October 2017 £569
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 October 2017 £569
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 March 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 March 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 March 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 02 April 2018 £712
Birmingham
Birmingham 06 April 2018 £654
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 April 2018 £660
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 April 2018 £654
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 April 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 April 2018 £712
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 April 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 May 2018 £650
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 May 2018 £684
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 May 2018 £684
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 May 2018 £650
Birmingham
Birmingham 24 May 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 09 June 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 13 June 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 17 June 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 25 June 2018 £784
Birmingham
Birmingham 29 June 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 04 July 2018 £684
Birmingham
Birmingham 08 July 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 12 July 2018 £704
Birmingham
Birmingham 20 August 2018 £684
Birmingham
Birmingham 01 September 2018 £769
Birmingham
Birmingham 11 September 2018 £689
Birmingham
Birmingham 16 September 2018 £695
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 September 2018 £729
Birmingham
Birmingham 27 September 2018 £729
Birmingham
Birmingham 05 October 2018 £564
Birmingham
Birmingham 10 October 2018 £660
Birmingham
Birmingham 14 October 2018 £660
Birmingham
Birmingham 18 October 2018 £554
Birmingham
Birmingham 22 October 2018 £554
Birmingham
Birmingham 23 October 2018 £554
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 March 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 March 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 02 April 2018 £727
Glasgow
Glasgow 06 April 2018 £669
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 April 2018 £675
Glasgow
Glasgow 16 April 2018 £669
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 April 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 April 2018 £727
Glasgow
Glasgow 27 April 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 04 May 2018 £650
Glasgow
Glasgow 24 May 2018 £704
Glasgow
Glasgow 25 June 2018 £784
Glasgow
Glasgow 29 June 2018 £704
Glasgow
Glasgow 12 July 2018 £704
Glasgow
Glasgow 20 August 2018 £684
Glasgow
Glasgow 27 September 2018 £729
Glasgow
Glasgow 05 October 2018 £579
Glasgow
Glasgow 18 October 2018 £569
Glasgow
Glasgow 22 October 2018 £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 25 October 2017 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 October 2017 £509
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 March 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 March 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 29 March 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 02 April 2018 £647
Liverpool
Liverpool 06 April 2018 £589
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 April 2018 £595
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 April 2018 £589
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 April 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 April 2018 £647
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 April 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 04 May 2018 £565
Liverpool
Liverpool 08 May 2018 £599
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 May 2018 £599
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 May 2018 £565
Liverpool
Liverpool 24 May 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 09 June 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 13 June 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 17 June 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 25 June 2018 £699
Liverpool
Liverpool 29 June 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 04 July 2018 £599
Liverpool
Liverpool 08 July 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 12 July 2018 £619
Liverpool
Liverpool 20 August 2018 £599
Liverpool
Liverpool 01 September 2018 £689
Liverpool
Liverpool 11 September 2018 £609
Liverpool
Liverpool 16 September 2018 £615
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 September 2018 £649
Liverpool
Liverpool 27 September 2018 £649
Liverpool
Liverpool 05 October 2018 £499
Liverpool
Liverpool 10 October 2018 £595
Liverpool
Liverpool 14 October 2018 £595
Liverpool
Liverpool 18 October 2018 £489
Liverpool
Liverpool 22 October 2018 £489
Liverpool
Liverpool 23 October 2018 £489
London City
London City 23 March 2018 £710
London City
London City 29 March 2018 £639
London City
London City 06 April 2018 £729
London City
London City 16 April 2018 £729
London City
London City 23 April 2018 £787
London City
London City 04 May 2018 £710
London City
London City 16 May 2018 £744
London City
London City 24 May 2018 £764
London City
London City 13 June 2018 £764
London City
London City 25 June 2018 £844
London City
London City 04 July 2018 £744
London City
London City 12 July 2018 £764
London City
London City 01 September 2018 £829
London City
London City 16 September 2018 £755
London City
London City 27 September 2018 £789
London City
London City 10 October 2018 £735
London City
London City 18 October 2018 £629
London City
London City 22 October 2018 £629
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 25 October 2017 £509
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 October 2017 £509
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 March 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 March 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 March 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 02 April 2018 £662
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 06 April 2018 £604
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 April 2018 £610
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 April 2018 £604
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 April 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 April 2018 £662
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 April 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 May 2018 £580
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 May 2018 £614
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 May 2018 £614
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 May 2018 £580
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 24 May 2018 £634
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 09 June 2018 £634
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 13 June 2018 £634
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 17 June 2018 £634
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 25 June 2018 £714
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 29 June 2018 £634
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 04 July 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 08 July 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 12 July 2018 £649
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 20 August 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 01 September 2018 £709
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 11 September 2018 £629
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 16 September 2018 £635
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 September 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 27 September 2018 £669
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 05 October 2018 £514
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 10 October 2018 £610
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London Gatwick 14 October 2018 £610
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 18 October 2018 £504
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 22 October 2018 £504
London Gatwick
London Gatwick 23 October 2018 £504
London Luton
London Luton 02 April 2018 £667
London Luton
London Luton 16 April 2018 £609
London Luton
London Luton 23 April 2018 £667
London Luton
London Luton 25 June 2018 £729
London Luton
London Luton 20 August 2018 £644
London Luton
London Luton 22 October 2018 £524
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 25 October 2017 £529
Manchester
Manchester 27 October 2017 £529
Manchester
Manchester 23 March 2018 £529
Manchester
Manchester 27 March 2018 £529
Manchester
Manchester 29 March 2018 £529
Manchester
Manchester 02 April 2018 £677
Manchester
Manchester 06 April 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 12 April 2018 £625
Manchester
Manchester 16 April 2018 £619
Manchester
Manchester 20 April 2018 £529
Manchester
Manchester 23 April 2018 £677
Manchester
Manchester 27 April 2018 £529
Manchester
Manchester 04 May 2018 £595
Manchester
Manchester 08 May 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 16 May 2018 £629
Manchester
Manchester 22 May 2018 £595
Manchester
Manchester 24 May 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 09 June 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 13 June 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 17 June 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 25 June 2018 £729
Manchester
Manchester 29 June 2018 £649
Manchester
Manchester 04 July 2018 £644
Manchester
Manchester 08 July 2018 £664
Manchester
Manchester 12 July 2018 £664
Manchester
Manchester 20 August 2018 £644
Manchester
Manchester 01 September 2018 £724
Manchester
Manchester 11 September 2018 £644
Manchester
Manchester 16 September 2018 £650
Manchester
Manchester 18 September 2018 £684
Manchester
Manchester 27 September 2018 £684
Manchester
Manchester 05 October 2018 £534
Manchester
Manchester 10 October 2018 £630
Manchester
Manchester 14 October 2018 £630
Manchester
Manchester 18 October 2018 £524
Manchester
Manchester 22 October 2018 £524
Manchester
Manchester 23 October 2018 £524
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 March 2018 £579
Newcastle
Newcastle 29 March 2018 £579
Newcastle
Newcastle 02 April 2018 £727
Newcastle
Newcastle 06 April 2018 £669
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 April 2018 £675
Newcastle
Newcastle 16 April 2018 £669
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 April 2018 £579
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 April 2018 £727
Newcastle
Newcastle 27 April 2018 £579
Newcastle
Newcastle 04 May 2018 £650
Newcastle
Newcastle 24 May 2018 £704
Newcastle
Newcastle 25 June 2018 £784
Newcastle
Newcastle 29 June 2018 £704
Newcastle
Newcastle 12 July 2018 £704
Newcastle
Newcastle 20 August 2018 £684
Newcastle
Newcastle 27 September 2018 £729
Newcastle
Newcastle 05 October 2018 £579
Newcastle
Newcastle 18 October 2018 £569
Newcastle
Newcastle 22 October 2018 £569

Rutland Hotel ★★★

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

Mannin Hotel ★★★★

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

Ascot Hotel ★★★

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

Chesterhouse Hotel ★★★

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

Welbeck Hotel ★★★

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

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.

*Low deposit of £49 per person applies to new bookings made between 21st June and 31st July 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.

Historic Railways of the IOM reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Historic Railways of the IOMScores 9.0 out of 10 based on 45 reviews
(8 out of 10)

BRIAN

Uckfield, East Sussex Couple
The holiday was very good. Unfortunately the tour manager Jon was so obsessed with local history and the TT in which he was knowledgeable. The tour was advertised as seeing the railways of the isle of Mann he did not really know much about this subject. On the Highland Railways tour last year the guide was very good. On the last day we were left in Peel for four hours with not much too do - time wasted. Pity because we have always enjoyed Newmarket holidays.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

KATHRYN

St Albans Couple
Very good, covered the whole island. Lots of history. Loved all the trains and trams. Very knowledgeable guide. Very friendly group. One of our best trips
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

JOHN

Lovegrove Couple
Really enjoyable few days. Never been to the Isle of Man before but would go again, everyone was so friendly and helpful. John was a brilliant guide - so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of the things we saw.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 22 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

IRENE

Liverpool Couple
Well organised tour with a very knowledgeable rep in John Shakespeare would recommend this holiday
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(10 out of 10)

HARRY

Polegate, East Sussex Couple
Excellent and efficient paperwork and information prior to and during the holiday.
One of the best Tour Managers we have ever had.
Confirmed traveller: 27 May 2017
Published on: 21 June 2017
(8 out of 10)

RALPH

Bath Couple
It was a lovely break and provided everything it promised. The downsides were we booked on the flight being from Bristol which is very convenient for us. This got changed to Birmingham which is far less convenient and more expensive for travel. No compensation was offered for this unexpected, expensive, inconvenience.
The other problem was the hotel bedroom, Room 313 Chesterfield. It was very hot due, I would believe, to sun shining on the roof above the ceiling and there not being any insulation. The window opened out to a rooftop where pigeons roosted and we could hear them cooing all night if we had the window open. On one occasion a pigeon tried to fly into our room through the open window so we had to keep it nearly closed to get any peace but roasted as a result. Very uncomfortable experience!
Confirmed traveller: 27 May 2017
Published on: 20 June 2017