The Manx heritage railways are an essential part of any trip to the Isle of Man and can really make your holiday more memorable and give you some great photo opportunities.
Rather than the generic, unfriendly, but fast railways you may be used to, the Manx railways take a more relaxed approach where the journey really is just as important as the destination.
The Isle of Man Steam Railway is one of the most noticeable sights on the island and this Victorian marvel is perfectly frozen in time. Once part of a longer route running to Peel and Ramsey, the current Southern route runs from Port Erin to Douglas at a distance of just over 15 miles.
With a range of heritage attractions located near railway stations in the South of the Island you can easily make a trip out of hopping on and off the train to see some of the local sights. That said, the train itself is an experience. With loud noises, soot, smoke and whistling it is a great journey for every member of the family.
If you want to head out of Douglas, perhaps to visit the Laxey Wheel or Snaefell during your holiday then there are other, just as interesting options. The Manx Electric Railway offers a leisurely journey where you can get incredible views of the Manx countryside and coastline and the Snaefell Mountain Railway gets you up to a superb location with a cafe and views out over the six kingdoms.