museums and attractions

Attractions in Isle of Man

A haven for historic transport, preservation and railway enthusiasts, the Isle of Man has a wide range of unique railways still in use today from the Douglas Horse Tramway to the Steam Railway and Manx Electric Railway with heritage museums and sites to visit along the way.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions in the London area.

Great Laxey Mine Railway

Laxey Valley Gardens, Laxey, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 624 007.

  • Part disabled access

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…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Isle of Man Motor Museum

Jurby Industrial Estate, Jurby, Isle of Man, IM7 3BD.
Tel: 01624 888 333.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The Museum was founded and funded by father & son team Denis and Darren Cunningham to act as the public home for their collection of over 130 vehicles,…

Transport / Road

Manx Aviation & Military Museum

Ronaldsway Airport, Ballasalla, Isle of Man, IM9 2AT.
Tel: 01624 829 294.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

An impressively detailed collection showing the history of aviation in the Isle of Man plus the Island's surprisingly heavy involvement in both world wars.…

Transport / Aircraft

Orchid Line

Curraghs Wildlife Park, Ballaugh, Isle of Man, IM7 5EA.
Tel: 01624 897 323.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

7.25in. gauge, 1,000 yards. Eight steam locomotives, one petrol and one battery, round a half mile circuit of the park.

Railways / Miniature Railways

National Folk Museum at Cregneash

Cregneash Road , Cregneash, Isle of Man, IM9 5PX.
Tel: 01624 648 000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

An illustration of the traditional Manx farming and crofting way of life, with heavy horses, indigenous Loghtan sheep, shorthorn cows, pigs and Manx cats.

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Isle of Man Steam Railway

Transport Headquarters, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 5PT.
Tel: 01624 663 366.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Opened in 1874, this narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages, through an ever changing landscape, to a choice of destinations…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Manx Electric Railway

Transport Headquarters, Banks Circus, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 5PT.
Tel: 01624 663 366.

Unique double track railway running nearly 18 miles between Douglas and Ramsey through some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in the British Isles.…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Port Erin Railway Museum

Station Road, Port Erin, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 836 855.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum charts the history of the steam powered railway from its inception in 1873 to the present day including the now defunct lines which used to…

Railways / Railway Museum

Great Laxey Wheel & Mines

Off Mines Road, Laxey, Isle of Man, IM4 7NL.
Tel: 01624 648 000.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The Great Laxey Wheel or 'Lady Isabella' (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world. She was built in 1854 to pump water from…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Snaefell Mountain Railway

The Station, Laxey, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 662 525.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop

The railway is the only electrically worked mountain railway in the British Isles. This 3ft 6in. gauge line runs for four miles 53 chains from Laxey to…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Nautical Museum

Bridge Street, Castletown, Isle of Man, IM9 1AX.
Tel: 01624 648 000.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The museum is a fascinating ‘Tardis like’ building. This tiny museum originates from the discovery of the 18th century armed yacht, the ‘Peggy’,…

Transport / Maritime

Jurby Transport Museum

Hangar 230, Jurby Industrial Estate, Jurby, Isle of Man, IM7 3BD.
Tel: 000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The largest transport museum on the Island. Exhibits include a horse tram shop, the last remaining Upper Douglas cable car, buses dating from 1927-1991…

Transport / Road

Grove Museum of Victorian Life

Grove House & Gardens, Andreas Road, Ramsey, Isle of Man, IM8 3UA.
Tel: 01624 648 000.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Victorian house and outbuildings containing agricultural implements and vehicles. Some livestock.

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Groudle Glen Railway

Groudle Glen, Onchan, Isle of Man, .
Tel: 01624 670 453.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Famous 2ft gauge railway 0.75 mile long from Lhen Coan station to Sea Lion Rocks. Motive power consists of two diesels, Bagnall 2-4-0 ‘Sea Lion’, the…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Strathallan Crescent, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 4NR.
Tel: 01624 614 687.

  • Souvenir Shop

It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening on 7th August 1876 with the exception…

Railways / Heritage Railways

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