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Isle of Man Explorer

Experience the fantastic Isle of Man at its very best! Discover the heritage of this independent isle and enjoy fantastic steam journeys, unique electric trams, mountain railways, horse drawn trams, and spectacular views at the summit of Snaefell. Visit the medieval Castle Rushen and the fascinating Old House of Keys plus free time to explore the harbourside town of Ramsey all from a wonderful seafront hotel.

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5 days from £765

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 24 April 2025

Thursday 15 May 2025

Thursday 14 August 2025

Thursday 25 September 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the captivating heritage of this independent isle

  • Ride behind steam on the magnificent Isle of Man Railway

  • Visit Castle Rushen, a beautifully preserved medieval fortress

  • Explore the fascinating Old House of Keys

  • Journey on the unique Manx Electric Railway

  • Enjoy a private steam charter at Laxey Mines

  • Marvel at spectacular views from the Snaefell Mountain Railway

  • Steam on the narrow-gauge Groudle Glen Railway

  • Enjoy free time to explore the harbourside town of Ramsey

  • Rover ticket for all the Isle of Man Railways

 

Also Included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

DAY 1

For those travelling on the rail and ferry inclusive package, we arrive in Douglas on the Isle of Man and make our way to our hotel located on the Victorian promenade overlooking Douglas Bay. We can enjoy a stroll along the seafront before our first evening meal together.

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DAY 2

Today we enjoy a ride behind steam on the magnificent Isle of Man Railway, the longest narrow-gauge steam line in Britain to still use original carriages, to Port Erin with time to view the excellent refurbished railway sheds, steam trains, and carriages at the neighbouring Railway Museum. We return by steam train to Castletown and visit Castle Rushen, one of Europe's most finely preserved medieval fortresses plus the fascinating Old House of Keys, the former meeting place of the Isle of Man Parliament, where you may even have the chance to join a debate in the chamber. Alternatively, you can enjoy a full day of steam alighting at whatever stations you wish to explore before reconvening for our evening meal together.

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DAY 3

After breakfast, we begin a great day of heritage boarding the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey where we have a steaming on the mines railway and visit Lady Isabella - the Great Wheel of Laxey. Afterwards, we depart Laxey by tram to Ramsey where we enjoy free time to take lunch and stroll around the pier and harbour before returning by electric railway and horse-drawn tram to Douglas. Alternatively, you can use your travel pass to take a bus from Ramsey to Peel to explore the island's main fishing port and Peel Cathedral.

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DAY 4

Today, we travel by tram to Laxey where we transfer to the electric Snaefell Mountain Railway for our journey to the top of the island's highest peak, Snaefell at 2,036ft, where breathtaking views await. After a lunchtime break, we return to Laxey and continue by tram to Groudle for a steam train journey on the narrow-gauge Groudle Glen Railway to the cliff tops of Sea Lion Rocks. We return to Douglas and can visit the Manx Museum, bursting with artefacts unique to the Isle of Man from Viking treasures to the world-famous TT races, before returning to the hotel for our final evening meal together.

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DAY 5

After breakfast, our island exploration draws to a close as we board the morning ferry to Heysham and head homewards.

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HOTEL

Ellan Vannin Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man

The seafront Ellan Vannin Hotel is perfectly located on the Victorian promenade with a beautiful view of Douglas Bay. The bedrooms offer en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Euston

£1,119

£965

Greater London

£1,119

£979

South of England

£1,179

£1,009

East Anglia

£1,195

£1,009

South West

£1,135

£979

Heart of England

£1,025

£929

Midlands

£1,005

£919

Yorkshire

£1,019

£939

North East

N/A

£905

North West

£945

£885

South Wales

£1,095

£959

North Wales

£1,065

£935

Scotland

£1,079

£955

 

*Please Note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class seating only and First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of their journey.

 

Join & Leave at Hotel £765

Join & Leave at Port of Heysham £840

August & September Departure Supplement £40

Single Room Supplement £150

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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