Isle of Man

Isle of Man

A wild and unspoilt beauty

The Isle of Man’s rugged hills and craggy cliffs rise from the Irish Sea with an intense and candid allure. Fiercely independent, this semi-autonomous island is steeped in heritage and has one of the oldest continuous parliaments in the world, the Tynwald. Barren ridges and verdant valleys are dotted with Celtic traces, Viking legacies, and Victorian splendour. Although only 33 miles in length, the Isle of Man has a varied landscape awash with fascinating folklore, delightfully unique attractions, and dramatic coastal roads.

EXPLORE THE ISLE OF MAN

A unique island laced with heritage railways

  • Experience the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the Manx Electric Railway and the Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Cregneash Folk Museum and Moore’s Traditional Curers – learn about Manx life
  • Milntown House – a dramatic Gothic Revival mansion
  • Laxey Wheel – the world’s largest water wheel & a feat of engineering
  • Executive coach travel throughout
  • 4 nights half board accommodation
  • This tour is also available as an air tour if you don’t want to travel by coach

From £519
per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Suggested Hotel

The Empress Hotel, Douglas

  • Traditional Victorian hotel offering a warm and friendly welcome
  • Located on the Central Promenade in Douglas, overlooking Douglas Bay
  • A short walk from the town centre
  • Comfortable, en-suite bedrooms with modern amenities
  • Bar and restaurant which both benefit from stunning sea views

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.

Attractions:

  • Isle of Man Steam Railway
    IMG 2638 Io M Steam Railway

    This delightful heritage railway dates back to 1873, and lays claim to being the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives. The line heads south from Douglas, running through the gloriously green countryside of the island before terminating in Port Erin.

  • Cregneash Folk Museum
    IMG 2783 Cregneash Village

    Cregneash was the island’s last stronghold of Manx language and customs, and today is a living demonstration of the traditional crofter’s way of life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. With traditional cottages and unique animals, it’s a fascinating insight into Manx culture.

  • Manx Electric Railway
    IMG 2265 Manx Electric Railway

    This attractive, vintage electric system was opened in the 1890s and its tracks head north and east across the island from Douglas. Still operating with its Victorian and Edwardian tram carriages, it takes in gorgeous sea views and picturesque Manx villages along the 17-mile route.

  • Milntown House
    Milntown House and Cafe

    Parts of Milntown date back to the 16th century, however the structure today predominantly displays Gothic Revival features following a rebuild in the 1830s. This fascinating home was occupied by the Christian family for generations, and is surrounded by 15 acres of ornamental gardens and pretty woodland.

  • Snaefell Mountain Railway
    IMG 2318 Snaefell Moutain Railway

    At 2,036 ft, Snaefell is the only mountain on the Isle of Man. Take the winding, 5-mile journey to the summit on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain rail in Britain. Opened in 1895, this stunning route has been delivering passengers to incredible views over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales for over 100 years.

  • Laxey Wheel
    IMG 2272 Laxey Wheel

    The world’s largest surviving water wheel, the great Laxey Wheel is an astonishing feat of Victorian engineering. Also known as ‘Lady Isabella’, the 22 m wheel was built to draw water from the Laxey mines, a depth of 550 m below.

  • Moore's Traditional Curers
    Moores Kipper House

    Moore’s demonstrates a long history of herring curing, and still smokes Manx kippers to this day in the original factory. This historic building has been operational since 1882, based in the vibrant seaside port of Peel. Moore’s produce smoked bacon and seafood as well as the kippers that the Isle of Man is famous for.

Enquire

Jo

Team Comments:

“The Isle of Man is a perfect combination of coast, culture and curiosity with exciting day tours in all directions.” (Jo)

  • Alternatives

Similar Group Holidays

Hand picked destinations

England

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a classic British holiday destination thanks to its unspoilt landscapes, chalky cliffs, endless beaches & relaxed pace of life. Gloriously green, it’s known as the ‘Garden Isle’.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Half board accommodation
  • The Garlic Farm - enjoy the local cuisine
  • Osborne House - Queen Victoria's Italianate Palace
  • Godshill Model Village - see the island in miniature
  • Journey on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Details

From £409
per person

Channel Islands

Jersey

Sunny Jersey may be small but with its miles of stunning coastline, lively capital of St Helier and pretty attractions dotted across the island, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Half board accommodation
  • Experience the whole island on a guided tour
  • St Helier - the island's vibrant capital
  • Tour of the La Mare Wine Estate

Details

From £389
per person

Nestled amongst the lush rolling hills and valleys of Shropshire, you’ll find idyllic villages boasting historic timber-framed buildings, a medieval castle teeming with treasures, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge – the cradle of the Industrial Revolution.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Half board accommodation
  • Ironbridge - cradle of the Industrial Revolution
  • Guided tour of Shrewsbury
  • Powis Castle (NT) - home to magnificent art collections
  • Wightwick Manor (NT) - a must-see for fans of William Morris

Details

From £379
per person

Secluded along the border between Devon and Cornwall lies the delightful Tamar Valley. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region is rich in both beauty and history with its own unique heritage.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Powderham Castle - enjoy lunch amongst 700 years of history
  • Half board accommodation
  • Journey on the scenic Tamar Valley Railway
  • The Garden House - glorious garden abound
  • Cotehele (NT) - a richly historic Tudor house

Details

From £489
per person

Get updates

The latest adventures in your mailbox

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By checking this box, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here. For more information on how to unsubscribe, please click here.

Success Tours travel diary