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 between February and October 2016.
- From 6th February 2016 open on weekends from 11am to 3pm
- From 20th March 2016 open daily from 11am to 3pm
- Between 25th March and 30th October 2016 open daily from 9:30am to 5pm
Admission costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
FREE admission to all Manx National Heritage properties for members of the National Trust, English Heritage, Scottish National Trust, Historic Scotland, CADW, York Archaeological Trust, OPW Ireland and members of the Trusts of Australia, New Zealand, The Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Malta.
This site has its own car park.
Disabled parking is available although disabled access is limited.
You can also purchase a Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass which allows you to discover all of the Isle of Man's most fascinating heritage sites from the world's largest working waterwheel to castles to cottages, museums and historic homes. The Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and are valid for 14 days from the first date of use.
Location and Contact
The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, Off Mines Road, Laxey, IM4 7NL.
For more information telephone 01624 648000 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.