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Home from home charm on a unique island

6 days From £599 per person

2023 Tour code: 23MXS

About the tour

From your base in seaside Douglas, visit the Isle of Man's traditional towns, pretty fishing ports and picturesque coastline as you travel on historic railways and soak up the unique culture of the island.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Heysham and Douglas

Arrive in Heysham, Lancashire, ahead of your early afternoon ferry journey to the Isle of Man. You arrive in the coastal resort town of Douglas, the island's capital, and transfer to your hotel close to the seafront. An island reminiscent of a bygone age, the Isle of Man has a unique culture and heritage, and charming Douglas is the perfect spot from which to experience it.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Isle of Man Steam Railway

Enjoy a horse-drawn tram ride along the promenade before a nostalgic journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest rail system. Sit back in the restored carriages as you take in lovely countryside views on your way to Port Erin, a town set in a beautiful bay on the south-west of the island. A scenic drive takes you to the headland, overlooking the Calf of Man, where you can look out for seals and nesting birds. Later, travel to Castletown, the island's former capital. Castle Rushen dominates the town and the Nautical Museum and Old House of Keys are all worth a visit. Entrance to all three sites is included with your Heritage Explorer Pass. On your return to Douglas, you travel over the Fairy Bridge where locals traditionally greet the fairies as they cross.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Peel

Travel to the fishing port of Peel, stopping at Tynwald Hill, the meeting place of the Manx parliamentary assembly. In Peel you have free time. Its thriving fishing industry and smokehouses have made it famous for its kippers, which you can buy from a number of local shops. You could also visit Peel Castle, located on St Patrick's Isle, or the House of Manannan, which explores the island's Celtic, Viking and Maritime heritage. Later, drive along a section of the famous TT racing circuit on the way to Ramsey, where you journey on the Manx Electric Railway back to Douglas, travelling through glorious countryside, across gorse-topped hills, and along the stunning coast. Relax on board the oldest working tramcars in the world, many of original Victorian and Edwardian era rolling stock.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Snaefell Mountain Railway

Begin the day aboard the Manx Electric Railway, travelling to the fishing village of Laxey. Here, join the Snaefell Mountain Railway - the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles - for a scenic journey that takes you up to the peak of Snaefell. The highest mountain on the Isle of Man, the views from the summit of Snaefell are stunning. On a clear day, it's possible to see England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Return to Laxey where you have free time. You could visit Laxey Wheel, the world's largest working waterwheel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Douglas

Today is free for you to discover the island using your included Explorer Pass for travel on local transport, and your Heritage Pass for entrance to Manx National Heritage Sites. You could visit the Victorian Gaiety Theatre on Douglas promenade, which has undergone careful restoration to ensure it retains its historical charms. Or, step back in time at the Grove Museum of Victorian Life, a beautifully preserved Victorian house with authentic period rooms, original furnishings and a costume room.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Heysham & home

Leave Douglas on the morning ferry, arriving back into Heysham just after midday. On arrival, you're free to make your way home.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

We depart from Heysham to the Isle of Man at approximately 2:15pm on the first day of your holiday. On the return trip, our ferry docks in Heysham at around 12:15pm.

However, we will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Ascot Hotel, Douglas

Ascot Hotel, Douglas

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Trains

Isle of Man Steam Railway
Manx Electric Railway
Snaefell Mountain Railway

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Rosa

5 stars

Submitted 23/Oct

Loved it. Beautiful Island. Clean ! Lovely people !

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Mr David King

5 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

Very interesting island, nice beaches, exciting transport and lovely weather.

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Gian Tondeur

1 stars

Submitted 19/Oct

A really enjoyable and interesting holiday. The experience was enhanced by the friendly and knowledgeable coach driver, Dave, who even while giving us his commentary continued very safe driving practices. Debbie our tour manager did a great job of getting the large group to gel and always made sure no one ever felt left out. She was always on hand to help and give advice

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TINA WELCH

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Excellent tour, varied and relaxing. A wonderful island.

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Paul Mellor

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Good value, excellent tour manager.

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Pam Grayson

5 stars

Submitted 18/Oct

Excellent tour, with very experienced, efficient and knowledgable guides.

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