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The Isle of Man is a hidden treasure in the Irish Sea. This small island lies just 60 miles off the mainland and is adorned with classic railways, heritage sites and beautiful coastal resorts and sea views.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • Return ferry crossing

  • 1-night dinner, bed & breakfast in an overnight hotel

  • 5 nights dinner, bed & full Manx breakfast

  • Tea & coffee after dinner

  • Journeys on the Isle of Man Steam Railway

  • Entrance and sit down debate at The Old House of Keys

  • Entrance to Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail

  • Entrance to Milntown House & Gardens

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

Today we travel North to our overnight hotel arriving in time for dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, we continue our journey to Heysham for our crossing to the Isle of Man. Here we settle into our seafront hotel and relax before dinner.

Day 3

Isle of Man Steam Railway & The Old House of Keys
We start 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. This afternoon we make a visit to The Old House of Keys, the former meeting place of the Isle of Man's parliament. It is located across the streetfrom Castle Rushen in Castletown, the former capital of the Isle of Man, in the south of the island.

Day 4

Peel & Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail
After breakfast, we 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.

Day 5

Douglas
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.

Day 6

Milntown House & Gardens
Set in the beautiful parish of Lezayre, Milntown is the Island's only Historical Estate. Fifteen acres of beautiful gardens and woodland surround this magnificent mansion, and the café at its heart. In the afternoon we leave Milntown House and enjoy a drive back to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure.


Day 7

Following an early breakfast, we begin our journey home.

Other Information

Hotel

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: The hotel is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

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.

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