Snaefell Mountain Railway
The Isle of Man’s only mountain – Snaefell sits near Laxey – you can pick up the Snaefell Mountain Railway direct from the village. A charming Victorian mountain railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway pushes up 2000 feet to the top of Snaefell mountain. Snaefell or Sniaull in Manx is derived from the Norse and means ‘Snow Mountain’. This mountain railway is one of the oldest railways in existence.
The Laxey Wheel & Great Laxey Mine
The great Laxey Wheel designed by the Manx engineer Robert Casement is one of the Isle of Man’s most famous and iconic landmarks, named Lady Isabella after the Governor’s wife. With a diameter of 22 metres and a width of 1.8 metres, the wheel once served a mine around 410 metres away and first opened in September 1854. Around 600 miners once worked here and by the 1870s the Great Laxey Mine was one of Britain’s most profitable metal mines producing one fifth of the UK’s total Zinc output.
The Great Laxey Water Wheel is a breathtaking example of Victorian engineering and a climb to the Wheel via the spectacular Glen Mooar Valley rewards with spectacular views of the surrounding Laxey Valley. Alternatively pick up the Great Laxey Mine Railway from Valley Gardens. Visitors have the chance to go in to the old mine adit , hear the stories of miners and see the Compressor House.
The Great Laxey Mine Railway
Take a trip on The Great Laxey Mine Railway situated in the Valley Gardens area which was formerly the site of the Great Laxey Mine’s Washing Floors. Visitors hop aboard a cosy carriage pulled along by a replica original steam engine. The railway is just a short stroll from the Great Laxey Wheel and visitors are welcome to explore the engine shed and carriage shed.
Things to do & see in Laxey
Picture-postcard harbour village Laxey is a favourite gateway base into the north of the island. Popular for sea and river fishing and home to a wealth of heritage attractions including the mighty Laxey Water Wheel, Laxey hosts a large annual fair every June and alongside mining heritage you’ll also find ancient sites around the village such as King Orry’s Grave – one of the larges megalithic tombs on the Isle of Man.
Don’t miss a trip on the Snaefell electric railway up to the island’s highest point for magnificent views as far as Scotland, Wales and Ireland on clear days. Bus and electric railway links from Laxey make it easy to move around the island and other village highlights include The Laxey & Lonan Heritage Trust shop with on-site visitor centre open across the summer season. The trust also offers guided walks during high season.
Old Laxey & Coastal Walking
Explore the quaint Old Laxey area – the flat area located at the mouth of the Laxey River flanked by steep heights. Formerly the original village, Old Laxey has a long stretch of beach popular for swimming in the warmer summer months. Fantastic coastal walking features beyond the promenade, on up to Old Laxey Hall then from Laxey Headland onto the Raad Ny Foillan – a long-distance coastal trail stretching for 95 miles.