History & Heritage of the Isle of Man

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Douglas

Scheduled flight to the Isle of Man from your preferred airport – transfer in our private executive coach to the 3* Welbeck Hotel in Douglas.

Day 2 – ‘Lady Isabella’ Water Wheel, Snaefell Mountain Railway & Manx Electric Railway

Dating back to 1854, the Great Laxey Wheel, known locally as ‘Lady Isabella’ after the wife of the island’s governor at that time, is the largest water wheel in the world and was designed by Robert Casement to pump water from the mineshafts – climbing to the summit of Snaefell, the only mountain on the Island, Snaefell Mountain Railway still operates with the majority of its original Victorian rolling stock – one way journey from Ramsey back to Laxey on the Manx Electric Railway, one of Britain’s longest vintage narrow gauge railways.

Day 3 – Cregneash Village Folk Museum, Sound Visitor Centre, Castle Rushen & Castletown Steam Railway

Cregneash Village Folk Museum provides a living, working illustration of the traditional customs, crafts and skills which characterised the Manx crofter’s way of life – on one of the island’s most picturesque points, Sound Visitor Centre explores the history of the area including the Calf of Man island directly opposite – free time for lunch at the old Manx capital of Castletown – Castle Rushen, one of England's best preserved medieval fortresses, was taken by Robert the Bruce in 1313 whilst attempting to invade Ireland – Castletown Steam Railway, opened in 1874 and still running with its original locomotives and the longest line of its type in Britain, takes us from Douglas to Castletown.

Day 4 – Manx Museum, Peel Castle & House of Manannan

The Manx Museum contemplates the natural history, archaeology and social development of the island – the remains of the walls of Peel Castle encircle the ruins of many buildings which are a testimony to the site’s religious and secular importance in Manx history after free time to explore – time to explore Peel, one of the world’s smallest cathedral cities, and visit Peel Cathedral consecrated in 1980 – at House of Manannan heritage visitor centre the Island’s mythological sea god, Manannan, welcomes you to his fascinating Kingdom.

Day 5 – Douglas Horse Trams & Tynwald

The Douglas Horse Trams were first introduced in 1876 to take advantage of the booming tourist trade in Victorian times and still carry tourists along the promenades – Tynwald, the Parliament of the Isle of Man, is of Norse origin and over 1,000 years old and is thus the oldest parliament in the world – transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide

Scheduled flights to the Isle of Man

Executive coach in Isle of Man

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Manx Electric Railway

‘Lady Isabella’ Water Wheel

Guided tour of the TT Race Track

Manx Museum

Castletown Steam Railway

Castle Rushen

Nautical Museum

Tiny cathedral city of Peel

Cregneash Village Folk Museum

Douglas

Hotel

Four nights on half board basis at the 3* Welbeck Hotel in Douglas. Located a fifteen minute walk from the town centre, facilities include a restaurant and bar. All rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Nautical Museum - located in a fine 18th century harbourside house and once home to the prominent Quayle family, displays many fascinating maritime artefacts
  • Rushen Abbey - gifted by King Olaf I in 1134, the Interpretation Centre tells the Abbey’s story from medieval times
  • Milntown Gardens - 15 acres of gardens and woodlands in a historical setting

Tour Reviews

Reviews for History & Heritage of the Isle of Man

Date of tour: October 2016

Well here we are again. Many of us have travelled with you for years all over Europe on specially organised study tours. The Isle of Man was no different. It is a lovely little island (like a miniature Scotland). The choice of hotel was very good, the food was excellent. Our guide and the coach driver were the best you could get anywhere. We had 27 people on this tour and not one complaint! Praise indeed. Thank you once again.

MW, Cheltenham

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Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

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