Family Rail Break to the Isle of Man

Holiday Highlights

  • Standard class rail travel from home station to departure port with reserved seating where available
  • Ferry crossing from Liverpool/Heysham and return
  • 5 Day Isle of Man Go Explorer Pass
  • Unlimited travel on busses and rail services on the Island
  • A chance to experience nostalgic journeys around the island
  • 5 days from £565pp (two adults sharing)

A visit to the Isle of Man is ideal for families, with golden beaches and historic castles there is plenty to explore. A visit to the island in1950 inspired Rev W Awdry to write the famous “Thomas the Tank Engine” books – it is not hard to see why when riding one of the many small railways on this charming island. This tour is available from the end of March to the end of October (the horse tram has a shorter season).


Day 1 – By Ferry to the Isle of Man

Depart from any UK National Rail station and travel to Liverpool or Heysham in time for the evening ferry to the Isle of Man. With the crossing taking around 2 hours and 45 mins from Liverpool, and slightly longer from Heysham, you’ll arrive on the island at around 10pm. Your well-appointed hotel can be found a mile along the promenade with a taxi-rank located at the ferry-port should the evening stroll not be enticing.

Day 2-4 – Explore by Various Transport

Three days to explore the Isle of Man. Your Go Explore tickets allow unlimited travel on all scheduled bus services as well as the Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway, the Snaefell Mountain Railway and the Douglas Horse Trams.

Whilst your Go Explore ticket gives you the freedom to travel as you wish for your stay in the Isle of Man there a few “Must Do’s” for families; Why not take the Steam Railway to Port Erin with its secluded bay and sandy beach, an ideal day out for families. En route you could stop off at Castletown, originally the capital until 1869, where children will enjoy exploring the medieval castle which dominates the town. (entry fee applies)

You could consider taking the Electric Tramway, with a Horse Tram connection a few steps from your hotel, to the north of the island. Consider stopping off in Groudle Glen and ride the miniature railway along the Glen. Further along the tramway you’ll find Laxey with multiple family friendly options including riding the tiny Laxey Mine Railway, riding the Snaefell Mountain Railway or visiting the famous Laxey Wheel (entry fee applies) where you can climb to the top for a family photo then put on a hard hat to explore the underground mine. For a real expedition, continue your journey on trails through the valley to see old mine buildings.

Whilst in Douglas why not take the family to the Manx Museum - bursting with the Island’s national treasures. This free museum is perfect for families especially on rainy days. From the wonders of the natural world to unusual curiosities to Viking hoards, children will be inspired by the many things to see and do in the galleries.

Day 5 – Homeward Bound

A morning ferry back to Liverpool or Heysham with onward rail travel to your home station.

Selected Hotels

Welbeck Hotel, Douglas

Please note - hotels can be subject to change

Price Includes

  • Standard class rail to and from Liverpool or Heysham
  • Ferry crossing from Liverpool/Heysham and return
  • 5-day Isle of Man Go Explorer Pass
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis


From £565pp for two adults sharing

From £1,500 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children aged under 16)

Option to extend your stay is available - price available upon request

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