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Isle of Man Explorer

The fantastic Isle of Man at its very best! A wonderful sea-front hotel on a traditional promenade, horse drawn trams, steam railways, heritage electric trams, a mountain railway, and superb scenery.

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5 days from £699



Thursday 25 April 2024

Thursday 8 August 2024

Thursday 26 September 2024



  • Discover the captivating heritage of this independent isle

  • Rover ticket for all the Isle of Man railways

  • Laxey Mines private steam charter

  • Ride the unique Manx Electric Railway

  • Explore the harbourside town of Ramsey

  • Steam journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway

  • Discover medieval Castle Rushen

  • Fascinating Old House of Keys

  • Spectacular views from Snaefell Mountain Railway

  • Steam journey on the Groudle Glen Railway

Also Included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage



We arrive in Douglas on the Isle of Man where we transfer to the Empress Hotel in its prime location on the Victorian promenade overlooking Douglas Bay. Enjoy a stroll along the seafront before our evening meal.



Today we enjoy a whiff of steam on the magnificent Isle of Man Railway 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 the island’s ancient capital, Castle Rushen, one of Europe’s most finely preserved medieval fortresses. We also visit 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, enjoy a full day of steam alighting at whatever stations you wish to explore and for photography.

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A great day of heritage starts with 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. We depart Laxey by tram to Ramsey where there is time to take lunch and stroll around the pier and harbour before returning by electric railway and horse drawn tram to Douglas.

Alternatively, use your travel pass to take a bus from Ramsey to Peel and explore the island’s main fishing port and Peel Cathedral.

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Travelling by tram to Laxey we transfer to the electric Snaefell Mountain Railway for our journey to the top of the island's highest peak, Snaefell at 2,036ft; on a clear day it is said one can see the six kingdoms - Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, and Heaven. 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 by Manx Electric Railway tram to Douglas. When in Douglas we can visit to the Manx Museum bursting with treasures unique to the Isle of Man and illustrating the Island's 10,000-year history from Viking hoards of silver and gold to an exhibition on the world-famous TT races.

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Our island exploration draws to a close as we board the morning ferry to Heysham and head homewards.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Empress Hotel, Douglas, Isle of Man

The hotel commands a prime position on the Victorian promenade overlooking Douglas Bay, built at the end of the 19th Century, it has been extensively upgraded and proudly maintains its status as one of the best hotels on the island. All en-suite bedrooms have tea/coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer, trouser press, and Wi-Fi. Please note prices are based on classic bedrooms with inland view and sea view rooms are on a request basis for a small supplement.



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £699


Join & Leave at the Port of Heysham £769


August & September Departure Supplement  £40


Single Room Supplement £80


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & table d’hôte 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

Hotel Porterage


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Railtrail Tours Limited
21 The Smithfield Centre, Leek
Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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