Charming and unique, the Island’s heritage railway network attracts enthusiasts from across the world to Manx shores. Whether you choose to travel by steam or electric you’ll find all three railways preserved in time and operating with some original rolling stock.
The Isle of Man boasts three heritage railways which will transport you to your chosen destination in style - the Isle of Man’s Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway.
They are a fun way to visit the Island’s important ancient monuments and heritage sites whilst enjoying beautiful views of the Manx countryside and extensive coast.
With many of the heritage attractions located close to the railway stops, it is an easy and exciting way to get around and experience the Isle of Man’s rich history and interesting sights.
Aboard the Steam Railway at Douglas and travel to the ancient capital of Castletown where you’ll find a wealth of heritage attractions including the impressive Castle Rushen. From here you can travel onwards to the most southern stop on the line, Port Erin where you can visit the Railway Museum and, if it’s a nice day, enjoy an ice-cream on the golden beach. Then take the train to Ballasalla for Rushen Abbey where you can find out more about this significant religious building.
Or you can choose to journey north on the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to Laxey to visit the largest working waterwheel in the world and find out more about the Island’s mining history.
At Laxey, you can also transfer to the Snaefell Mountain Railway to venture up the Island’s only mountain. At 621 metres above sea level, Snaefell offers panoramic views where you can catch a glimpse of the seven kingdoms on a clear day - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, heaven and the sea.
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