Marvel at this impressive piece of Victorian engineering, the world’s largest working waterwheel – the Great Laxey Wheel.
Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex.
Standing at over 72 feet high the wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella, has been one of the Isle of Man’s most popular tourist attractions for well over 150 years.
You’ll have the opportunity to watch the wheel turning before attempting to climb to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Glen Mooar Valley.
Once back on solid ground you can walk through the valley to find the Great Laxey Mines – learn about the lives of the miners, walk into the mine audit and take a trip on the Great Laxey Mines Railway which was once used to carry lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine.
Opening Times & Admission
The Great Laxey Wheel is open from daily from March 17th to November 5th.
Between March 17th and May 31st and September 1st and November 5th the wheel is open from 9.30am to 4pm.
Between June 1st and August 31st the wheel is open from 9.30am to 5pm.
Admission costs £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children. A family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children, costs £11.
This site has its own car park.
Disabled parking is available although disabled access is limited.
Location and Contact
The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, Off Mines Road, Laxey, IM4 7NL.
For more information visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.