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Isle of Man Heritage Railways

Located in the Irish Sea and famed for the world-renowned Isle of Man TT, on this charming rail holiday we will explore the rugged isle known as Mann. From golden, sloping, sandy beaches to 11th century Viking built castles and Victorian horse drawn trams, to take a trip to the isle of Man is to take a trip to a truly unique destination, where culture, nature, history, and a close-knit community go hand in hand. During our five days on the island, we will enjoy two magnificent rail journeys; one aboard the Snaefell Mountian Railway, the British Isles’ only electric mountain rail and one aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway offering us a glimpse back in time as we admire the isle’s abundant wildlife, flora and fauna. We will also spend time in the capital of Douglas – a wonderful holiday resort with a working harbour. A perfect break for those wanting to experience all that the Isle of Man has to offer.

5 days from £559pp Departure Dates

Your Tour Includes

  • 4 nights’ half-board accommodation at the Empress Hotel, Douglas
  • Free time to explore Douglas
  • Board the Isle of Man steam railway
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions

Itinerary

Overview

Make your own way to the Empress Hotel, Douglas where your Tour Manager will meet you and assist with check-in. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel this evening.

Includes Dinner

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we board our coach and drive along some of the island’s famous TT course today. We will see Tynwald Hill in St. Johns, one of the island’s most distinctive landmarks and a cultural and political icon that can trace its origins back to the early Viking invaders and the beginnings of the island’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency. We then continue on to Peel, on the Island's west coast, where its golden sandy beach and beautiful bay are dominated by the impressive ruins of Peel Castle. After a visit to ‘Royal’ Ramsey, on the island’s north east coast, we then head for the old mining village of Laxey. Home to the Great Laxey Wheel, probably the island’s most iconic monument to Victorian industry, it is here that we board the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. The summit of Snaefell Mountain lies some 2,036 feet above sea level and from up here, on a fine day, there are magnificent views of the “Seven Kingdoms”. Returning to Laxey, there may be time to enjoy some personal exploration before heading back to Douglas. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the hotel this evening.

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Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Snaefell Mountain

Overview

Today is free for you to explore at leisure. Douglas, the island's capital, presents a unique blend of holiday resort, finance centre and historic working harbour. Take a stroll along the waterfront with its sweeping views of Douglas Bay and its horse drawn trams, a unique legacy of the golden age of Victorian tourism. Not to be missed is the centrally located and award-winning Manx Museum (free of charge), an ideal starting point to a rich journey of discovery of the island's history. You may like to take a trip back over to the west coast and explore the charming fishing port of Peel, with its expansive sandy beach, Manx kippers and a chance to try the island’s national dish of queenies (small scallops). Sitting at the mouth of the harbour is impressive Peel Castle, once the stronghold of the Viking invaders who arrived here in the 9th century and which, still to this day, is steeped in legend and myth. The House of Manannan is another award-winning museum that leads the visitor through a fascinating tableau of Celtic and Viking exhibits and includes a replica Viking longboat that was sailed over from Norway to celebrate the Tynwald Parliament’s millennium in 1979. Dinner is once again included this evening.

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Includes Dinner

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Douglas Bay

Overview

After breakfast, our coach transfers us to the station where we enjoy a ride aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway from the capital, Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin. A short stop in Port Erin offers a chance to perhaps pay a visit to the Railway Museum, or maybe enjoy a pleasant stroll and take in the majestic views of the bay, Bradda Head and perhaps even the distant Mountains of Mourne in Ireland. From here the coach will then take us on to the southernmost point of the island and the breathless setting of The Sound, probably one of the most scenic settings anywhere in the British Isles. Overlooking the craggy splendour of the Calf of Man, the area is abundant with seals and birdlife and you may even be fortunate enough to see dolphins playing amongst the swirling tidal pools. Cregneash village was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the crofting way of life on the island. An opportunity to take a short walk through the village offers a chance to catch sight of a Manx cat, or perhaps one of the island’s indigenous four-horned sheep, known locally as Loughtans. From here we then continue on to Castletown, the island’s old capital and site of Castle Rushen, one of the finest medieval fortresses anywhere in Britain. There will be a chance to explore something of Castletown’s rambling old streets and harbour-side, before we head back to Douglas via the charmingly named “Fairy Bridge”…remembering of course to say hello to ‘Themselves’ as we cross. Relax and enjoy our final dinner at the hotel this evening.

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Includes Dinner

Included Highlights

Bradda Head

Overview

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure.

Includes Breakfast

Single Room Supplement from £80.00 (5 days).

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the Empress Hotel, Douglas.

The Empress Hotel

The 4-star Empress Hotel overlooks Douglas Bay and is perfectly situated on the beachfront promenade, just ten minutes’ walk from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has a piano bar, plus a large conservatory which offers fantastic panoramic sea views. Leisure facilities at The Empress include a fully equipped gym, sauna and steam room. Beauty treatments are available, including soothing massages at extra cost.

Hotel Facilities

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General
  • 4 Star
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
Room
  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Free Wifi
Accessibility
  • Lift
Service
  • 24 Hour Front Desk
Hotel
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available