Isle of Man
Monday 16th to Friday 20th May
£640 per person (Single Supplement £80)
Price includes coach travel, 4 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at The Empress Hotel, Douglas. Entrance to Milntown House & Gardens, Laxey Wheel, journeys on the Isle of Man Steam and the Snaefell Mountain Electric Railways.
We will make our journey to Heysham where we will board the Steam Packet ferry to Douglas. Sailing on Ben-My-Chree, the crossing time will be just under 4 hours, sit back relax, take time to view the scenery or visit the onboard restaurant. Once docked we will make our very short journey to The Empress Hotel in the Isle’s capital of Douglas. Set on the Central Promenade, the hotel overlooks the Irish Sea and is perfectly located for exploring the island. Our evening meal tonight will be served at 7.30pm.
After a leisurely breakfast we will make our way to the train station, where we will catch our train along the Victorian railway to Port Erin, located on the South West coast of the Island. Port Erin is a traditional coastal town, with a sheltered harbor, and was once used by smugglers. After a coffee stop in Port Erin and time to visit the railway museum, we will board the coach again to travel to Peel. Set on the western coast of the Island, it is the Isle of Man’s only city, and is home to the island’s only Cathedral. Take time to walk along the coast to the marina or visit the castle. Other attractions worth visiting are The House of Mananan, Manx Heritage Museum or the Leece Museum.
We will return to Douglas to enjoy our evening meal served at 6.30pm
Today we will make the short journey north, to Laxey where we will catch the Snaefell Victorian Electric railway up the Island’s only mountain to take in the spectacular views. On return to Laxey we will visit the Great Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working water wheel. Designed in 1854 by Robert Casement, its sole purpose was to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the Great Laxey Mines. After we have marvelled at the Victorian Engineering, the coach will leave again to return to Douglas where you have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure before our evening meal at 6.30pm.
After a leisurely start we will make our way to Ramsey, on the North coast of the island where you will have time to visit the harbour, Grove Museum of Victorian Life or have some lunch before we visit Milntown House, a 16th century estate, for our guided tour. You will also have time to wander the formal gardens, visit the corn mill or marvel at the stunning vintage car collection before we return to Douglas. Our evening meal will be served at 6.30pm.
We have an early start to catch the Ben-my-Chree, docking in Heysham just after lunch time, then we will make our way home stopping for a meal at The Royal Oak in Appleby on route.