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 underwent 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 Wi-Fi Tea/coffee making facilities Iron & Ironing board on request Direct dial telephone Hairdryer USB charging and power point on the headboard in each room LED flat screen 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
Please note: There are 18 steps into the hotel but wheelchair access is available via the ground floor restaurant into the hotel.
Please note: not all rooms have level access from the lift and there are steps to be negotiated in and around the hotel and also from the lift to the bedrooms.
Return ferry crossing
1-night dinner, bed & breakfast in an overnight hotel
5 nights dinner, bed & Manx breakfast
Tea & coffee after dinner
Journeys on the Isle of Man Steam Railway
Entrances to Cregneash Folk Village
Entrances to Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail
Journeys on Snaefell Mountain Railway
Travel north to our overnight hotel arriving in time for dinner.
Continue to Heysham for our crossing to the Isle of Man.
Isle of Man Steam Railway & Cregneash Folk Village
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.
Tynwald Hill, Manx Electric Railway & The Snaefell Mountain Railway
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.
Peel & Laxey
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.
Following an early breakfast we begin the journey home.