Climb to the top of the Laxey Wheel, also known as Lady Isabella, the world’s largest working waterwheel, and enjoy beautiful views over the surrounding Glen Mooar Valley.
Standing over 72 feet high, the Laxey Wheel is an impressive piece of Victorian engineering and the largest working waterwheel in the world. Built to service the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex, visitors can also explore the surrounding valley to learn more about the miners and ride on the nearby Great Laxey Mines Railway.
Manx Victorian Steam Railway
Sit back, relax and enjoy a journey through the beautiful and ever changing Manx countryside thanks to Victorian engineering that has well and truly stood the test of time.
Children will love travelling on the train line especially if they are Thomas the Tank Engine fans. Thomas and the Magic Railroad film was made here on the Isle of Man.
First opened in 1874, The Manx Victorian Steam Railway is a three foot narrow gauge railway which runs between Douglas and the South of the Isle of Man. Enjoy beautiful scenery en-route and the railway is a unique way of visiting some of the Island’s many heritage attractions which are located close to its stations. these include the ancient monastery of Rushen Abbey, the impressive Castle Rushen, the Old House of Keys and the Nautical Museum all within the ancient capital Castletown and within walking distance of the town’s station. A really good reason to purchase a Go Explore card. Further down the line there are a number of sheltered, sandy beaches, and the IoM Steam Railway Museum at Port Erin.
The Railway is open from the end of February to the beginning of November. A one way journey along the beautiful Manx countryside running the full length from Douglas to Port Erin takes an hour to complete. In July and August, the peak months of the holiday season, there are seven return trains a day through the countryside, one of which is an evening service.