Door to door
Door to door
Situated in the middle of the Irish Sea, and dating back to 6500BC, the Isle of Man has some stunning scenery with a rugged coastline and towering peaks. A full days tour of the north of the island includes a visit to Laxey for a view of the iconic "Lady Isabella", the worlds largest working water- wheel and a visit to Ramsey. There is a day at leisure in Douglas. A full days tour of the south includes a train ride to Port Erin, a visit to the Cregneash National Folk Museum for an insight into traditional Manx farming and croft way of life and time in Peel, the best example of a typical Manx town.
Empress Hotel, Douglas***
An elegant 3-star Victorian hotel that enjoys a central position on the promenade overlooking Douglas Bay within walking distance of the town centre. The hotel has a very nice restaurant and bar and has a lift. Steps at the front of the hotel can be avoided by using lower level access. However, there are several steps in corridors and public areas. All the traditional bedrooms all have TV, tea and coffee facilities and hairdryer
Door to door pick up service
Elite coach travel
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Return ferry crossing from Heysham
Entry to Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail
One-way train journey to Port Erin
Entry to Cregneash National Folk Museum
Free day in Douglas
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After being picked up from home by our Door to Door service and brought through to the coach, it's off to Heysham for the crossing to Douglas. A suitable stop will be made on the way to Heysham and we set sail at 2.15 in the afternoon and arrive in Douglas at 5.45. It's a short drive from the ferry terminal to the hotel so you will have time to unpack and freshen up before the evening meal.
After breakfast we head via part of the Isle of Man TT course passing Kate's Cottage and Windy Corner to Milntown just outside Ramsey which is known as the "Capital of the North". We have time to get lunch (not included in the cost of the holiday) before boarding the coach for an afternoon visit to Laxey, home of "Isabella" the world's largest water wheel. This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of its kind in the world. The Lady Isabella as she is also known, served the mine for 70 years and became the Island's most dramatic tourist attraction. Watch the mighty wheel turn and climb to the top for panoramic views across Glen Moor Valley. Beyond the wheel take an hour to explore the mine and the trail to the mine ruins to learn more about the lives of the Laxey miners.
A free day relaxing in Douglas, why not stroll along the Victorian Prom, take a horse & tram ride along the seafront, take a bus to Castletown. Take a visit to the Manx Museum with galleries of Manx Flora and Fauna, Viking history. WWII internment camps and seaside holidays of old.
Today we travel by train to Port Erin with a stop at The Sound on the way following and then by coach to Cregneash National Folk Museum. Settled on an upland plateau overlooking the Calf of Man, Cregneash (booking time 12.45) village was one of the last strongholds of the Manx language and customs which characterised the crofting way of life. Step inside the Manx cottages to see how crofters lived through stories, skills and craft demonstrations. You may see cats with no tails, four-horned sheep and traditional farming practices in action. We then head north to Peel regarded as the best example of a typical Manx town. Plenty of time to explore the many shops, tiny lanes, museum and harbour. If we are lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of Basking Sharks as Peel is one of the best places in the world to see them from the shore. The journey back to Douglas takes you past Tynwald Hill and past the Manx Parliament.
After a very early breakfast we head straight for the ferry port for the return sailing to Heysham with a suitable stop en route before we head back to East Yorkshire where one of our Door to Door vehicles will be waiting to take you back home.
***To book this holiday click on the tab departure date and then on the shopping trolley icon***
Empress Hotel Douglas
An elegant 3-star Victorian hotel that enjoys a central position on the promenade overlooking Douglas Bay within walking distance of the town centre. The hotel has every nice restaurant and bar and has a lift. Steps at the front of the hotel can be avoided by using lower level access however, there are several steps in corridors and public areas
The traditional bedrooms all have TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer.
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