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Due to the current Corona virus outbreak, many attractions are delaying their 2020 season opening times and event organisers are cancelling or postponing their events.

While we will try to update the information on this site as much as possible, we cannot guarantee to have all the information we would like.

Therefore we urge you to check the latest information on the attraction or event's website or Facebook pages, and to contact them before travelling to avoid disappointment.

museums and attractions

Railways / Heritage Railways

Great Laxey Mine Railway 2020

© Andrew Scarffe
© Andrew Scarffe
© Andrew Scarffe
© Andrew Scarffe

A re-creation of the original steam-powered mine railway from 1877. Runs from Laxey Valley Gardens up to the foot of the hill below The Great Laxey Wheel (Lady Isabella). Power is by replicas of the original Lewin-built locos, 'Ant & Bee', and a 1073 electric loco (WASP) built by Clayton. The gauge is 19in., the only one in the British Isles, and it runs through a 70m long tunnel en route.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Operator

Laxey & Lonan Heritage Trust

Address

Mines Road Laxey Valley Gardens Laxey Isle of Man

Open days

12 Apr-Sep Sat & BHol. Also Sun Aug planned. Check website for updates.

Travel

By Bus: 3, 3A, 3B, 3C

By Rail: Laxey / miles

Located in the village of Laxey, on the eastern coast of the Isle of Man, the restored railway runs along the surface section of the tramway which once carried lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine.

The railway's terminus is located at the Valley Gardens which was once the site of the Great Laxey Mine's Washing Floors. Passengers travel in a tiny carriage, hauled by a replica of one of the original steam engines, through the Island's only railway tunnel and along the line which once carried wagons loaded with the metal ores.

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