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Visit Laxey Valley

Type:Cultural Tour

Mine Captain Rowe narrates a video greeting in the Welcome Centre, Christ Church, Laxey. Costume volunteers greet visitors in the Welcome Centre.


Experience, enjoy and discover Laxey Valley!

Take a journey back in time to an age when the British Isles held centre stage as the world’s first industrial nation – to a place where water power was ingeniously harnessed by the Manx Mining industry, making Laxey the British Isle’s leading metal mine. The Lady Isabella, the largest water wheel in the world, Laxey’s water powered corn and textile mills and its three world famous vintage railways are all set amid breath-taking scenery. You can see there is quite a treat in store for all who visit. 

From the summit of Snaefell, the Island’s highest peak, down to the charming village of Agneash, then into the leafy Laxey Glen and Laxey village before arriving at the beach, Laxey Valley offers fascinating insights into the industrial and social life during the 19th Century and is the perfect choice for a summer outing or an off season break. 

Extending eight miles down the Laxey River from Snaefell summit to Laxey harbour wall, the Laxey Valley Heritage Trail has a “string of gems” offering a diverse range of activities. Mountain and mine railways, water wheels, mine buildings and mills, a Victorian Pleasure Garden and a hand-weaving woollen mill founded by John Ruskin, all nestle within a beautiful landscape that has changed little over the past century. You can also enjoy a range of valley and mountain walks or, if you prefer, a great day out on the beach. With excellent local food, high quality tea rooms, delightful beach cafés and abundant local hospitality, there is something for everybody in Laxey Valley. 

New for 2019!

Come and see for yourself why the Laxey Valley is world famous for its heritage and experience - The Valley that "Lead" the World. Start your tour at the new Laxey Valley Welcome Centre, opening 29th June this year at Christ Church, located in the heart of the Valley next to the Electric Tram Station. Head out from the Welcome Centre to explore the Valley’s “string of gems” including the special exhibit “The  Laxey Tales” at the Laxey Woollen Mills running for the 2019 season. Bus Vannin has a number 15 summer bus route, running daily from the Laxey Wheel to Laxey Promenade between the 10th June and 18th August.

Guide Prices

Free entrance to the Welcome Centre at Christ Church and to the Laxey Tales at the Laxey Woollen Mills.



  • Disabled Accessibility

Parking & Transport

  • Car
  • Coach parking available
  • On foot
  • Parking (free)
  • Train

Payment Methods

  • Max group size - Limited to 50 in Christ Church. The Laxey Tales exhibit at the Woollen Mills limited to 20. Other activities have no limit.

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties
  • Group Friendly
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Some areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • Indoor activity
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Village Location


  • All Year

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


  • The Valley that 'Lead' the World
  • Laxey Valley Ten things to See and Do
Christ Church, Laxey, IM4 7BA
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Opening Times

* Welcome Centre at Christ Church open daily 10am-4pm with costumed volunteers in attendance.
The Laxey Tales at the Laxey Woollen Mills open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm with costumed volunteers.
Sea to Summit display in the Rose Garden shelter - public access.

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Join the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey and travel to the summit of Snaefell. From…

    0.05 miles away
  2. The source of the Laxey River is located on Snaefell, the Island’s highest peak. It…

    0.07 miles away
  1. Laxey Glen is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. It is a popular spot for…

    0.11 miles away
  2. The "Washing Floors" were built in 1848 and situated in the area now known as the Valley…

    0.14 miles away
  3. Located in the village of Laxey, this restored railway runs from the old washing floors…

    0.15 miles away
  4. King Orry's Grave is the most complete of the Island’s megaliths and is a superb example…

    0.34 miles away
  5. This feat of Victorian engineering and ingenuity is the largest surviving waterwheel of…

    0.46 miles away
  6. Axnfell is on the steep north facing slopes of Glen Roy and has an area of 36 hectares.…

    0.65 miles away
  7. Laxey Beach is situated on the Island's east coast approximately 8 miles north of Douglas…

    0.73 miles away
  8. Dhoon Glen is known for its natural and rugged beauty. It boasts a splendid waterfall and…

    1.71 miles away
  9. Conrhenny is a growing venue for community involvement, with a 5 hectare Children's Wood…

    1.94 miles away
  10. Garwick Beach, located in the valley of Baldrine, can be found at the foot of Garwick…

    1.96 miles away
  11. The Ballanette Reserve includes a series of lakes with at least one bird watching hide.…

    2.6 miles away
  12. Snaefell is the Island’s only mountain. Its summit is 2,036ft above sea level.

    2.87 miles away
  13. Two pretty reservoirs, a short walking distance apart, that lie in the hills above Onchan…

    3.26 miles away
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