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Magic of the Manx

Magic of the Manx

The Isle of Man is a unique self-governing Kingdom, a crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament, laws, traditions culture, cuisine and postage stamps.


The Isle of Man is a unique self-governing Kingdom, a crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It has its own parliament, laws, traditions culture, cuisine and postage stamps.

Blessed with extensive scenic coastlines, stunning natural landscapes and unspoilt beaches, the Isle of Man has something to appeal to everyone - only a short ferry crossing from the British mainland but with a character that sets it apart.  The island is a unique self-governing Kingdom, a crown dependency which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union.  It has its own parliament, laws, traditions culture, cuisine and postage stamps.

Wednesday - Day 1

We depart Somerset and via the motorways travel north to the Samlesbury Hotel in Preston for an overnight stay. We will make a stop at Trentham Shopping Village for lunch. Browse around the 77 timber lodges housing amazing shops, cafés and restaurants all filled to rafters with treats alongside Trentham Garden Centre. The award-winning Trentham Garden Centre is simply MASSIVE and offers a huge range of indoor and outdoor lifestyle and gardening products. We then continue our journey to our overnight stay in Preston.

Thursday - Day 2

After a leisurely breakfast we will depart the hotel and continue our journey to the Port of Heysham ahead of the early afternoon crossing to Douglas and the Isle of Man. First we will spend time in Lancaster. Lancaster is one of England’s Heritage Cities. It’s as vibrant as it is quirky with a captivating past and a cultured present. Lancaster is a city with great stories to tell. Learn of old tales from castle prison walls or follow bygone footsteps along hidden alleyways and delight in quirky shops. Marvel at the Georgian splendour while enjoying coffee and a cake in one of the many cafes.

Friday - Day 3

Our first stop of the day is a visit to the House of Mannahan, named after the "great mythological sea god" Manannan, where you will take a journey from past to present that will allow you to immerse yourself in the Island's vibrant history. Our next stop is a visit to the Manx Museum. The museum is bursting with artifacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man from the wonders of our natural world to road racing legends, there is something for everyone as you continue your journey into the Island’s history and its unique national collections.

Saturday - Day 4

Today we will travel to Laxey where you can walk to and view Lady Isabella – the world’s largest working waterwheel. We then join the Snaefell Mountain Railway, where electric powered trains take passengers over 2,000 feet up to the summit of Snaefell, the islands' highest point. We travel back down the mountain and board our coach to go to Ramsey, along the famous Isle of Man TT course. 'Royal' Ramsey is the second largest town on the island after Douglas. You will find some shopping streets, a harbour that is still in daily use, a beach for sun seekers, a prominent derelict pier, called the Queen’s Pier. Ramsey has a much milder and sunny climate than the rest of the island.

Sunday - Day 5

Today we travel on the steam train from Douglas to Port Erin where you will be met by the coach. Port Erin is a peaceful town with pretty gardens and a sandy beach that was first favoured by Victorian holidaymakers. We then journey back in time to the fascinating living museum of Cregneash Folk Village, where residents continue to use horsepower and speak the old local dialect. Then, it’s onto the ancient capital of Castletown and the wonderfully preserved Castle Rushen. Nearby are the wonderful views around Calf Sound.

Monday - Day 6

Sadly, this morning we must make an early start across to mainland Britain to commence our journey back down the motorway to Somerset. We will make suitable comfort stops along the way.

Mercure Preston Samlesbury

offers accommodation with a fully licensed restaurant, separate lounge bar, 24-hour room service and fully equipped gym. The hotel had a complete refurbishment throughout 2019 and has 80 en-suite bedrooms with rainfall showers, flat screen TVs and tea and coffee making facilities plus free Wi-Fi throughout.

The Chesterfield Hotel, Douglas

is a four floor hotel set in a white seafront terrace on the business end of the promenade in Douglas. Short walk from ferry port and buses. 2 miles from National Sports Centre. Executive rooms offer spectacular views over the Irish Sea. Free Wi-Fi. 24 hour room service and 24 hour Reception. All rooms have the following amenities as standard: Desk, Direct dial phone number, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Wake-up calls, and TV. Please note that due to the original architectural features of this hotel it is not suitable for any guests requiring 'wheelchair' or 'street level access', as all have external steps to access the hotel entrance.

Price Includes

  • Home pick up and drop off

  • Visit to Trentham Garden Centre

  • 1 night half board at the Samlesbury Hotel

  • Return ferry crossings to Isle of Man

  • 5 nights half board at the Chesterfield Hotel

  • Visit to the House of Manannan

  • Visit to The Manx Museum

  • Visit to Great Laxey Wheel & Mines Trail

  • Ride on the Snaefell Mountain Railway

  • Visit to Ramsey

  • Visit to Port Erin

  • Visit to Cregneash Folk Museum

  • Visit to Castle Rushden

4 single rooms with a £82 supplement. Further singles, subject to availability,  may be available at an additional supplement

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