Outstanding Isle of Man

Small but perfectly formed, the Isle of Man offers heritage railways, coastal drives, museums, historic houses and its very own parliament. Steeped in fairytale and folklore, it has a delightful collection of tourist attractions, offering a variety of touring themes, and at only 30 miles long all are within easy reach of the fascinating capital, Douglas.
Day 1 Arrival
We take the ferry from Heysham and arrive at our hotel.

Day 2 Isle of Man Steam Railway, The Sound & Cregneash
We discover the south coast today beginning with a trip aboard the Isle of Man Steam Railway, a perfectly maintained, original Victorian train system and the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain. We board the train in Douglas and travel through the countryside to the resort of Port Erin where we can enjoy a visit to the local railway museum, before continuing our journey by coach down to The Sound, a protected nature reserve with seabird and seal colonies and an excellent café with fabulous views across to the Calf of Man. From here it’s a short journey to Cregneash Folk Park, a peaceful,
restored 19th century crofting village where traditional costumed guides show us around their delightful cottages. Returning to Douglas by road, there is the option to visit historic Castletown with its various historic sites including Rushen Abbey, the Old Grammar School and the Nautical Museum. En route back to our hotel, as we cross Fairy Bridge give a quick wave to the fairies which may bring you good luck!

Day 3 Douglas & Peel
This morning, we spend time in the centre of Douglas where we visit the Manx Museum (free of charge) to learn about the island’s fascinating 10,000 year old history, after which we have time to explore the island’s capital with its traditional horse-drawn trams that run along the promenade. In the afternoon, we have free time in the west coast resort of Peel, with its flat sandy beach, marina, castle (reputedly haunted by Moddey Dhoo, the phantom hound!) and smoked kipper factory. The House of Manannan museum, named after the island’s mythological sea god, is also well worth a visit. As we return to Douglas through the town of St Johns look out for Tynwald Hill, the ceremonial landmark of
the Manx Parliament that has remained independent for over 1200 years.

Day 4 The Laxey Wheel, Milntown Estate & TT Course
We drive the short distance to Laxey, home to probably the most famous landmark on the island, the great Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest working waterwheel. We then continue northwards for a quick look at ‘Royal Ramsey’, a working harbour town set against the North Barrule Hills. In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided tour of beautiful 16th century Milntown House, with time to explore the gardens, visit the Milntown Corn Mill and the
stunning vintage car collections (NB display dates vary and are seasonal). There is also the option to enjoy afternoon tea in the Milntown conservatory restaurant which has beautiful views of the Walled Garden. Our journey back to Douglas follows a section of the famous TT Motorcycle Racecourse.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we head home on the morning ferry.
Why not consider exploring the Isle of Man in style on our ‘Great Little Trains of the Isle
of Man tour’?

Highlights include:
•Isle Of Man Steam Railway journey between Douglas and the resort of Port Erin
• Enjoy the lovely scenery and look out for the iconic Laxey Wheel as the Manx Electric
Railway takes you over to ‘Royal’ Ramsey
• Climb to the island’s summit aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway from where you
can see the Seven Kingdoms: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Heaven and the Sea!
Legend

Chesterhouse Hotel

Douglas
AAA Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
Located within easy walking distance of the main town and overlooking Douglas Bay, the 3 star Chesterhouse Hotel offers great hospitality, service and food. Please be aware that there are 6 steps to access the building. All 67 warmly decorated, comfortable bedrooms are lift accessible and the traditional restaurant and bar overlook the seafront.

The Empress Hotel

Douglas, Isle of Man
AAA Seafront Location
The elegant 3 star Victorian Empress hotel overlooks Douglas Bay and is within walking distance of the town centre. All 102 traditional bedrooms are well sized and have lovely soft furnishings. Groups can relax in the open plan bar area which offers plenty of seating and dine in either the Connaught or Prince Albert Suites.  Leisure facilities include a small gym, sauna, steam room and a beauty therapy suite (extra charges apply).

The Rutland Hotel

Douglas, Isle of Man
AA+
This traditional, friendly hotel overlooks Douglas seafront and is a 15 minute walk into the main town centre. All 64 bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant enjoys sea views and there is a bar where guests can enjoy drinks. There are 9 steps at the entrance to the hotel and coach parking is off-site and free of charge, either on the road in front of the hotel or at the sea terminal (approx. a 15 minute walk away).

The Empress Hotel

Douglas
4 Nights Half Board
Apr & Oct Twin from £332pp
May, Jun & Sept Twin from £364pp
Jul & Aug Twin from £419pp
Single Supplement from £60

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing ex Heysham
• Porterage
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• Isle of Man Steam Railway Douglas - Port Erin
• Entrance to Cregneash Folk Park
• Entrance to Laxey Wheel & Great Mines Trail
• Guided tour of Milntown House

The Rutland Hotel

Douglas
4 Nights Half Board
May Twin from £349pp
Jul & Aug Twin from £379pp
Sept Twin from £369pp
Single Supplement from £60
Selected Dates Only

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing ex Heysham
• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee if arrival before 18.00 hrs
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• In-house activity e.g. quiz/bingo on 2 nights
• Isle of Man Steam Railway Douglas - Port Erin
• Entrance to Cregneash Folk Park
• Entrance to Laxey Wheel & Great Mines Trail
• Guided tour of Milntown House

The Chesterhouse Hotel

Douglas
4 Nights Half Board
Apr Twin from £304pp
May, Jun & Sept Twin from £379pp
Jul Twin from £359pp
Single Supplement from £60
Selected Dates Only

Inclusions
• Return ferry crossing ex Heysham
• Porterage & welcome tea/coffee
• Choice of menu & tea/coffee after dinner
• In-house activity e.g. quiz/bingo on 2 nights
• Isle of Man Steam Railway Douglas - Port Erin
• Entry to Cregneash Folk Park
• Entry to Laxey Wheel & Great Mines Trail
• Guided tour of Milntown House
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