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“A perfect way to get somewhere on holiday.”

Manx Electric Railway
Ranked #2 of 43 things to do in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A perfect way to get somewhere on holiday.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The terminus in Douglas is at the north end of the promenade next to the terminus of the horse tram. A sign "Electric Railway " on the cliffs above Derby Castle can be seen from the entire promenade.
The majority of people use the railway only as far as Laxey as there is the Laxey Wheel and the Snaefell Mountain Railway but the section from Laxey to Ramsey (second largest town on the island) is more scenic hugging the coast/cliff, giving glimpses of the sea most of the way.
Ramsey is a small port which is home to a handful of fishing boats, it is a very peaceful little town with a few nice restaurants/cafes, some overlooking the harbour. Unlike Douglas, the public toilet is free!
The electric trains, one motor coach and one trailer were all built in the 1800s. The trailers are open sided and are very popular although the wooden seats are a little hard by the end of a full journey. When you reach Ramsey do not rush off but pause to watch the trailer car being shunted by gravity.
Just one negative-The train I wanted to use from Douglas was mainly reserved for a coach party and a lot of people had to wait 30 mins for the next tram.
The MER is a must while you are on the island.

Visited July 2014
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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“Good fun”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Well run, to time, and took us up the mountain without having to leg it. We had commentary from the conductor which was nice.

Visited July 2014
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Southport, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
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“Exhilarating”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

An exciting trip along the coast to Ramsey, crossing several roads and almost visiting several gardens. You can hop off at Laxey (for the wheel) or hop aboard the Snaefell Mountain Railway. All of which is included in a travel pass. If traveling to Ramsey and back in the open carriage of the train some form of posterior protection is recommended as the benches are pretty solid.

Visited July 2014
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Electric railway to Snaefell”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

The organisation of the railway was disorganised. There were no signs to tell travellers where to queue. As a result it was "every man for himself" which is daunting for older people. However staff were friendly and helpful.

Visited July 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Different way to explore the island”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

We boarded at Ramsey and travelled all the way to Douglas. It took over an hour, but it was great to be able to just chill out and see the sights in- we sat in the open carriage, and it was a nice sunny day too. Fantastic scenery. The route finishes on Douglas promenade, which was a short walk from our hotel so ideal. Only downside is the numb bum at the end!

Visited July 2014
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