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 - Manx Electric Railway, ‘Lady Isabella’ Water Wheel & TT Race Track

One way journey between Ramsey and Laxey on the Manx Electric Railway, one of Britain’s longest vintage narrow gauge railways – 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 – we follow part of the route of the world famous TT races.

Day 3 - Manx Museum, Castletown Steam Railway, Castle Rushen & the Nautical Museum

The Manx Museum contemplates the natural history, archaeology and social development of the island – 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 – Castle Rushen, guarding the entrance to Silverburn River in the old Manx capital of Castletown and one of England's best preserved medieval fortresses, was taken by Robert the Bruce in 1313 who occupied the Isle of Man briefly whilst attempting to invade Ireland – the Nautical Museum, located in a fine 18th century harbourside house and once home to the prominent Quayle family, displays many fascinating maritime artefacts.

Day 4 - Peel & Cregneash Village Folk Museum

Morning at leisure in Peel, one of the world’s smallest cathedral cities with just 3,800 residents, where you may choose to visit The House of Manannan heritage visitor centre or explore the narrow lanes leading from the working harbour with their specialist and antique shops – nestling under Meayll Hill and overlooking the Calf of Man, the 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.

Day 5 – Douglas

Morning at leisure in Douglas – transfer to the airport for Peel our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

Half board accommodation

All excursions & guided tours included

Blue Badge guide on Days 2 & 3

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:

  • Snaefell Mountain Railway - built in 1895 and climbing to the summit of Snaefell, the only mountain on the Island, the railway still operates with the majority of its original Victorian rolling stock
  • The Sound Visitor Centre - on one of the island’s most picturesque points, the visitor centre explores the history of the area including the Calf of Man island directly opposite
  • Rushen Abbey - gifted by King Olaf I in 1134, the Interpretation Centre tells the Abbey’s story from medieval times

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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Tailor make your group tour

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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