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Historic Railways of the Isle of Man

5 days from £499*
Departing: August 2018 - October 2019
* Price shown: 22 October 2018 from LPL - LPL
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79** PER PERSON

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

  • 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

Your 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
BFS
BFS 08 July 2019 £709
BFS
BFS 02 September 2019 £699
BFS
BFS 23 September 2019 £699
BFS
BFS 30 September 2019 £699
BHD
BHD 05 October 2018 £574
BHD
BHD 12 October 2018 £574
BHD
BHD 18 October 2018 £564
BHD
BHD 22 October 2018 £564
BHD
BHD 28 March 2019 £569
BHD
BHD 04 April 2019 £599
BHD
BHD 18 April 2019 £599
BHD
BHD 16 May 2019 £699
BHD
BHD 13 June 2019 £709
BHD
BHD 17 June 2019 £709
BHD
BHD 04 July 2019 £709
BHD
BHD 18 July 2019 £719
BHD
BHD 09 August 2019 £719
BHD
BHD 20 September 2019 £709
BHD
BHD 27 September 2019 £709
BHD
BHD 11 October 2019 £599
BHD
BHD 18 October 2019 £589
BHD
BHD 25 October 2019 £559
BHX
BHX 20 August 2018 £794
BHX
BHX 01 September 2018 £809
BHX
BHX 16 September 2018 £765
BHX
BHX 18 September 2018 £739
BHX
BHX 05 October 2018 £669
BHX
BHX 10 October 2018 £720
BHX
BHX 12 October 2018 £594
BHX
BHX 18 October 2018 £594
BHX
BHX 22 October 2018 £594
BHX
BHX 23 October 2018 £564
BHX
BHX 28 March 2019 £569
BHX
BHX 04 April 2019 £599
BHX
BHX 11 April 2019 £599
BHX
BHX 18 April 2019 £599
BHX
BHX 02 May 2019 £709
BHX
BHX 22 May 2019 £689
BHX
BHX 24 May 2019 £689
BHX
BHX 09 June 2019 £699
BHX
BHX 13 June 2019 £719
BHX
BHX 20 June 2019 £719
BHX
BHX 04 July 2019 £729
BHX
BHX 11 July 2019 £729
BHX
BHX 18 July 2019 £739
BHX
BHX 01 August 2019 £739
BHX
BHX 09 August 2019 £739
BHX
BHX 16 September 2019 £709
BHX
BHX 20 September 2019 £729
BHX
BHX 23 September 2019 £709
BHX
BHX 27 September 2019 £729
BHX
BHX 07 October 2019 £679
BHX
BHX 11 October 2019 £599
BHX
BHX 18 October 2019 £589
BHX
BHX 25 October 2019 £559
BRS
BRS 17 June 2019 £689
BRS
BRS 08 July 2019 £699
BRS
BRS 02 September 2019 £689
BRS
BRS 16 September 2019 £689
BRS
BRS 30 September 2019 £689
BRS
BRS 07 October 2019 £669
GLA
GLA 28 March 2019 £579
GLA
GLA 04 April 2019 £619
GLA
GLA 11 April 2019 £619
GLA
GLA 18 April 2019 £619
GLA
GLA 02 May 2019 £709
GLA
GLA 24 May 2019 £689
GLA
GLA 13 June 2019 £719
GLA
GLA 20 June 2019 £719
GLA
GLA 11 July 2019 £729
GLA
GLA 01 August 2019 £739
GLA
GLA 16 September 2019 £709
GLA
GLA 20 September 2019 £729
GLA
GLA 23 September 2019 £709
GLA
GLA 27 September 2019 £729
GLA
GLA 11 October 2019 £619
GLA
GLA 18 October 2019 £609
GLA
GLA 25 October 2019 £579
LCY
LCY 01 September 2018 £839
LCY
LCY 16 September 2018 £835
LCY
LCY 10 October 2018 £745
LCY
LCY 18 October 2018 £709
LCY
LCY 22 October 2018 £709
LGW
LGW 20 August 2018 £689
LGW
LGW 01 September 2018 £744
LGW
LGW 16 September 2018 £695
LGW
LGW 18 September 2018 £709
LGW
LGW 05 October 2018 £524
LGW
LGW 10 October 2018 £620
LGW
LGW 12 October 2018 £524
LGW
LGW 18 October 2018 £609
LGW
LGW 22 October 2018 £609
LGW
LGW 23 October 2018 £514
LGW
LGW 28 March 2019 £519
LGW
LGW 04 April 2019 £549
LGW
LGW 11 April 2019 £549
LGW
LGW 18 April 2019 £549
LGW
LGW 02 May 2019 £639
LGW
LGW 16 May 2019 £639
LGW
LGW 22 May 2019 £609
LGW
LGW 24 May 2019 £609
LGW
LGW 09 June 2019 £629
LGW
LGW 13 June 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 17 June 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 20 June 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 04 July 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 08 July 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 11 July 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 18 July 2019 £679
LGW
LGW 01 August 2019 £679
LGW
LGW 09 August 2019 £679
LGW
LGW 02 September 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 16 September 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 20 September 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 23 September 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 27 September 2019 £669
LGW
LGW 30 September 2019 £649
LGW
LGW 07 October 2019 £629
LGW
LGW 11 October 2019 £549
LGW
LGW 18 October 2019 £539
LGW
LGW 25 October 2019 £509
LPL
LPL 20 August 2018 £609
LPL
LPL 01 September 2018 £699
LPL
LPL 16 September 2018 £625
LPL
LPL 18 September 2018 £659
LPL
LPL 05 October 2018 £509
LPL
LPL 10 October 2018 £605
LPL
LPL 12 October 2018 £509
LPL
LPL 18 October 2018 £499
LPL
LPL 22 October 2018 £499
LPL
LPL 23 October 2018 £499
LPL
LPL 28 March 2019 £499
LPL
LPL 11 April 2019 £539
LPL
LPL 02 May 2019 £619
LPL
LPL 16 May 2019 £619
LPL
LPL 22 May 2019 £599
LPL
LPL 24 May 2019 £599
LPL
LPL 09 June 2019 £609
LPL
LPL 13 June 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 17 June 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 20 June 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 04 July 2019 £639
LPL
LPL 08 July 2019 £639
LPL
LPL 11 July 2019 £639
LPL
LPL 18 July 2019 £649
LPL
LPL 01 August 2019 £649
LPL
LPL 09 August 2019 £649
LPL
LPL 02 September 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 20 September 2019 £639
LPL
LPL 23 September 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 30 September 2019 £629
LPL
LPL 11 October 2019 £539
LPL
LPL 25 October 2019 £499
LTN
LTN 20 August 2018 £724
LTN
LTN 22 October 2018 £574
LTN
LTN 22 May 2019 £639
LTN
LTN 17 June 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 08 July 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 02 September 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 16 September 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 23 September 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 30 September 2019 £679
LTN
LTN 07 October 2019 £659
MAN
MAN 20 August 2018 £724
MAN
MAN 01 September 2018 £734
MAN
MAN 16 September 2018 £660
MAN
MAN 18 September 2018 £694
MAN
MAN 05 October 2018 £544
MAN
MAN 10 October 2018 £640
MAN
MAN 12 October 2018 £544
MAN
MAN 18 October 2018 £534
MAN
MAN 22 October 2018 £534
MAN
MAN 23 October 2018 £534
MAN
MAN 28 March 2019 £529
MAN
MAN 04 April 2019 £569
MAN
MAN 11 April 2019 £569
MAN
MAN 18 April 2019 £569
MAN
MAN 02 May 2019 £649
MAN
MAN 16 May 2019 £649
MAN
MAN 22 May 2019 £629
MAN
MAN 24 May 2019 £629
MAN
MAN 09 June 2019 £649
MAN
MAN 13 June 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 17 June 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 20 June 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 04 July 2019 £679
MAN
MAN 08 July 2019 £679
MAN
MAN 11 July 2019 £679
MAN
MAN 18 July 2019 £689
MAN
MAN 01 August 2019 £699
MAN
MAN 09 August 2019 £689
MAN
MAN 02 September 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 16 September 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 20 September 2019 £679
MAN
MAN 23 September 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 27 September 2019 £679
MAN
MAN 30 September 2019 £669
MAN
MAN 07 October 2019 £649
MAN
MAN 11 October 2019 £569
MAN
MAN 18 October 2019 £559
MAN
MAN 25 October 2019 £529

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.

**Low deposit of £79pp applies to new bookings only made before 31st August 2018. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply.  This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.