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
We 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
We 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 to explore. In the afternoon, we 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, we will visit Castletown, once the ancient capital of Mann.
Tynwald Hill, Manx Electric Railway & The Snaefell Mountain Railway
After breakfast, we will explore the north of the island beginning with a visit to Tynwald Hill, home of the 1000-year-old Manx Parliament. We will 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. We then continue to Niarbyl with spectacular views of the coastline and 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.
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.
Bedrooms: Telephone, TV, tea/coffee making facilities,, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, iron & ironing board.
Facilities: Restaurant, bar, free Wi-Fi, conservatory
Mobility Information: There is no lift at this hotel, no walk in showers. There are 18 steps into the hotel but wheelchair access is available via the ground floor restaurant into the hotel.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.