The Isle of Man is a hidden treasure in the Irish Sea. This small island lies just 60 miles off the mainland with classic railways, heritage sites and coastal resorts.
3* Empress Hotel, Douglas
The Empress Hotel is a large Victorian building on the central promenade overlooking Douglas Bay. The bedrooms are modern and well-equipped, many boasting spectacular views. The Hotel under went a large Refurbishment programme in 2019 which included all 104 bedrooms, Brasserie Restaurant, Piano Bar, TV Lounge and Conservatory.
En-Suite bathrooms with shower & bath Complimentary toiletries WIFI Tea/Coffee making facilities Iron & Ironing board on request Direct dial telephones Hairdryer USB charging and power point on the headboard in each room LED flatscreen television with television and radio stations The hotel does not have any ground floor bedrooms but does have a lift The hotel does not have any bedrooms with walk-in showers
Return ferry crossing
6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Entrances to Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail
Entrances to Cregneash Folk Village
Journeys on the Isle of Man Steam Railway
Journeys on Snaefell Mountain Railway
Travel north to our overnight hotel arriving in time for dinner.D
Continue to Heysham for our crossing to the Isle of Man.
Journey to Peel, said to be the best example of a typical Manx town. Find smoked kippers, the dramatic Peel castle, the harbour with a lovely flat sandy beach and the House of Manannan Museum featuring a Viking Longboat. Continue to Niarbyl with spectacular views of the coastline. In the afternoon we continue to Laxey with a visit to the world's largest working waterwheel Lady Isabella. On the same site is the Great Mines Trail with displays of the once thriving mining complex with a chance to enter a section of the mine.
Explore the north of the island beginning with a visit to Tynwald Hill, home of the 1000-year-old Manx Parliament. Then follow some of the famous TT Motorcycle Course to 'Royal' Ramsey, with its working harbour and interesting maritime history. Then it's all aboard the Manx Electric Railway for a scenic journey south through the countryside to Laxey before boarding the Snaefell Mountain Railway for a return journey up to the highest point of the island.
Enjoy a free day in Douglas, the island's capital, taking in views of the bay from the Victorian promenade or visiting the excellent Manx Museum for a journey through the island's history.
Begin today with a classic journey aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway from Douglas to the seaside resort of Port Erin where we have free time. This afternoon, continue to Cregneash Folk Village used as the location for the film "Waking Ned" and where traditional rural crafts of weaving and thatching are demonstrated. Time permitting, visit Castletown, once the ancient capital of Mann.Br, D
Following an early breakfast we begin the journey home.Br
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