The Great Laxey Wheel
The Great Laxey Wheel
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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About
Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex.Standing at over 72 feet high the wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella, has been one of the Isle of Man’s most popular tourist attractions for well over 150 years.You’ll have the opportunity to watch the wheel turning before attempting to climb to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Glen Mooar Valley. Once back on solid ground you can walk through the valley to find the Great Laxey Mines – learn about the lives of the miners, walk into the mine audit and take a trip on the Great Laxey Mines Railway which was once used to carry lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine.
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  • Susan J
    Kendal, United Kingdom121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss the Great Laxey Wheel if you are visiting the Isle of Man
    Awesome piece of engineering and a thing of beauty. Climbed the steps to the top platform and the views were brilliant - but don't do this if steep narrow spiral steps make you nervous! Great to be able to see it turning again after the conservation work.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Celia
    Manchester, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Climbed up to the top of the waterwheel
    Great to see the Lady Isabella restored to glory. Spectacular sized waterwheel. Great view from the top. Helpful staff. Hard work pushing a wheelchair up to the bottom of the wheel as it is on a steep hill and gravel paths. But that is the nature of the site. Large car park but single track road to it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 July 2023
  • N H
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom4,414 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Full working wheel
    A huge wheel still in good working order and you can climb to the top of it and get some amazing views of the surrounding area. Must see if your in the area and you can go into a bit of the old mine too. Only Thales 45 - 60 mins to go around and see.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • Sandra
    Villeneuve-Loubet, France31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very informative staff unfort they didn’t advise us of the closing time & we ended up getting locked in the grounds
    Fascinating place. Informative staff. Unfortunately as we went off to find the mine it closed & we ended up getting locked it!! If going on an afternoon I’d double check the closing time & ensure you vacate the pathways before!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 July 2023
  • kim B
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive.
    Couldn't fail to be impressed by this, great to stand watching the wheel turning from ground level and from climbing the stairs and watching from above. The site was bigger than i expected there is is a small section of mine you can enter gives an idea of the space the miners would have worked in. Make sure you follow the paths as there are remains of mine works and buildings to see plus information boards with old photos and miners stories to read. All very interesting.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Kevin M
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible Victorian engineering
    Yes, you can see this from a distance without paying, but there is something about standing next to the wheel and feeling the physics at work. The wheel uses a reverse siphon to get water to the top of the wheel, so there is no aqueduct, it's a monument to simple elegance in engineering. It's a blessing that it's been restored, and very much worth the trip.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • A Garvey
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely few hours sightseeing and eating
    Lovely to explore the Laxey wheel, and surounding area,unfortunately it was raining so we didn`t hang about. Made our way to the the BALLACREGGA tearooms and restaurant,i had the seafood chowder with sourdough bread, delicious ,full of flavour. We decided to go back again a couple of days later, and had the lamb pie, chips and veg, we were not disappointed, again high class food at a reasonable price, i would highly recommend it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Tris1976
    Birmingham, United Kingdom489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic feat of Manx engineering and some great views of the Isle's countryside
    This is a fantastic feat of Isle of Man engineering and well worth a visit. There are quite a few steps to the top of the wheel (I think more than 90) but there are some stunning views from the top, as well as the close-up view of the impressive water wheel. There is also the mine to enter which although around only around 10 or 20 metres is quite interesting so you can get a feel of the conditions the workers of years gone by would have encountered. There are a few boards to read about the history of the Laxey Wheel and you can also go on a trip to the nearby pump house and a nature trail where there is some great woodland, stream and waterfall to see. The pathways are extremely steep though so this bit of the venue will not be available to everyone. Allow yourself an hour and a half to cover all of the site (including the mine, the wheel and the nature trail and pump house). If you are staying on the island for a few days, it is worth getting the heritage holiday pass which is £30 per adult for ten sites (children go free). You then have 14 days to visit the different attractions, which include Peel Castle, Grove Museum, Rushen Abbey, Castle Rushen, The House of Manannan and Cragneash (Cragneish).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Iain A
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Took the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey and the Great Laxey Wheel is a short walk from the railway station. The wheel is a Victorian waterwheel, which was used to pump water from the lead mines nearby and is a must see, if only to see the great engineering work of over a hundred years ago. It is possible to access different levels, by means of an outside spiral staircase and is well worth the effort if able. The views from the top of this recently refurbished attraction are superb. Included in the admission fee (£13 I think) is access to walking trails to see parts of the former mine buildings and it is possible to take a short walk into one of the mine roadways close to the wheel. An excellent place to spend a few hours.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • annen653
    Spilsby, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Engineering at it's best
    The restoration of the Laxey Wheel has achieved great things. I was informed it was still covered in scaffolding last year but this year it looks amazing. Such a tribute to the Victorian engineers who built it and also to the men who brought the zinc and copper ore up from the depths of the earth. A must when visiting the isle of Man
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 September 2023
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Janet H
Worcester, UK583 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Nice to see but unless you have a good head for heights a bit daunting to climb to top. Really pleased it has been restored and with more work ongoing should be amazing.
Written 30 April 2024
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applegate69
Bath, UK869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed this attraction, if you have a head for nights make sure you climb to the top where there are great views. There is a lot of renovation work going on at the moment so some areas are restricted. Most if not all of the surrounding buildings are derelict but worth a look and you can also walk into the mine a short way. Sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Entry is free to National Trust members.
Written 30 April 2024
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I feel this is one of the must see attractions on the island, it's just something a little different. The largest working water wheel in the world isn't something you see every day let alone get to go to the top of. On top of this you get to go down a small mine as well as a couple of walks around the site where you can see some old abandoned buildings.

It should be near the top of your list of things to do if visiting the island for the first time.
Written 29 April 2024
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Wendz11
Birmingham, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Not good for people with mobility issues as you have to climb a steep hill to get to the wheel. I managed it but was worn out when I reached the top. I did not attempt the stair up to the viewing platform. Nice tearooms at the bottom of the hill.
Written 24 April 2024
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mystic100
Norwich, England259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A very interesting and impressive place to visit and one that all visitors to the island should go to. However someone needs to talk to the lady at the entrance kiosk - if the site allows free entry to national trust members then let them in gracefully and don’t try to make them feel like second rate visitors by banging on about how it is technically free but ………… !
Written 18 April 2024
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Mrs D
Wilsden, UK393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wonderful wheel! Great views from the top. Worth exploring the valley and miles as well. There’s also a woodland walk along the valley to the Governor’s house.
Free for National Trust members.
Written 8 April 2024
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Catherine T
20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My daughter wanted to go all the way upto the top, reluctantly I agreed.

The stairs are really quite narrow and it’s really high up. I wouldnt class myself as particularly scared of heights but I must admit I was terrified!

The views off the wheel and the surrounding area from the top are amazing but you have to be physically quite fit and confident you can make it.

Would be quite difficult to get back down in busier periods with lots of people using the stairs and wouldn’t have liked to have experienced any issues whilst up there.

It’s a one off experience that is probably quite enjoyable for those that are braver than me!

Also worth noting that you have to pay to get in. Unless you intend to actually go up the while itself then I would just admire the view from the other side of the gate!
Written 7 April 2024
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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom816 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Worth drive from Douglas if on the way to somewhere else. The wheel is higher than you think when you get up there. Walked a bit further and went down the short mine trail. Spent around 1 hour here but I think ticket office said there was further to walk, but we were happy with what we saw and moved on.
Written 10 November 2023
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toomanybeds
ME316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fascinating and unique relic of historic mining activity. A site specific solution to a particular problem, ingeniously realised with typical Victorian panache. Interesting walk up to the top with fine views of the valley and the moving wheel.
Written 15 October 2023
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Hazel D
Pickering, UK2,111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We were on a coach trip and walked up to the wheel. We only had one hour in Laxey so didn’t pay the £13.00 entrance fee at the gate.Took photos and left. A must see when visiting the Isle of Man. The area was clean and tidy and looks well maintained.
Written 9 October 2023
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