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Groudle Glen Railway

Enjoy a memorable journey on the Groudle Glen Railway – the line that goes uphill to the sea!

Overview

Groudle Glen Railway is located in Groudle Glen in Onchan on the east coast of the Isle of Man. Owned and operated entirely by volunteers the Groudle Glen Railway was originally built in 1896 but was unfortunately closed and scrapped in the 1960s.

However, since 1982 the two foot gauge railway has been fully restored and now runs between Groudle Glen and the Sea Lion Rocks tea rooms which are located at the end of the line.

The railway operates steam, diesel and electric engines plus the original 1896 locomotive “Sea Lion” and a number of restored coaches from the 1890s.

Groudle Glen Railway’s main station, Lhen Coan, can be reached after a short walk through the beautiful Groudle Glen and features a replica of the 1896 building as well as the carriage sheds and workshops.

The Sea Lion Rocks tea rooms serve a variety of refreshments while the railway is in operation. Look out for the remains of the zoo complex, which the line was originally built to serve, which can be seen at the edge of the cliff!

Season and Tickets

The railway is in operation from May to September. Trains run between between 11am and 4.30pm on Sundays. During July and August the trains also run on Wednesdays between 7pm and 9pm.

Return fares are £4 for adults and £2 for children. Discount fares are available to those visitors who travel to Groudle Glen Railway on the Manx Electric Railway.

Unfortunately there is limited disabled access.

Suggestions

A number of special events are held on the railway throughout the year including Easter Bunny trains, cliff top concerts and Santa Trains. Special fares apply on event days.

Enthusiasts can also take part in a driver’s experience day where they can savour the whole railway experience by joining the driver on the footplate of the locomotive.

Experience days operate on Saturdays during the summer months and cost £95.