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“ROUND ISLAND TOUR”

Manx Electric Railway
Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Douglas
Certificate of Excellence
Bury, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“ROUND ISLAND TOUR”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Explorer ticket great value for multi modal travel.

Took the MER from Douglas to Laxey, then the Snaefell tramway up to the peak.

Back down to Laxey to continue the tram to Ramsey.
Then by bus back to Douglas via Peel.

Visited August 2014
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A perfect way to get somewhere on holiday.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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87 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good fun”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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“Exhilarating”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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“Electric railway to Snaefell”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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