Isle of Man by steam train
Departing from the pier this morning, a short transfer will take you to the impressive Victorian terminus in Douglas where you will board the vintage steam train for a delightful and traditional journey to Castle town, the original capital of Mann until 1869. Dating from 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is the island’s oldest Victorian rail system and this narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages.
Arriving in Castle town Station, enjoy a visit to the magnificent Castle Rushen which stands alongside the harbour. Castle Rushen is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in Europe and was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date on which the Castle was built is unknown, though it is believed to be a round 1200.
Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings, wallhangings and medieval speech bringing the Castles medieval and 17th Century periods to life.
Following a visit of the Castle, it will be time to re-join your coach and return to the pier and your ship.
- Walking information: Approximately 0.25km of walking. There are many steps throughout Castle Rushen and spiral staircases with fixed handrails
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 84