About the Isle of Man

There are many different activities available to do on the Isle of Man when you visit the Isle of Man, from visiting some of the Islands beautiful glens, to discovering about the Islands heritage.

The Isle of Man’s Historic Steam and Electric Railways

The Isle of Man is unique in that it has both historic steam railway and electric railway systems.

Opened in 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages through beautiful countryside to a choice of towns and villages in the south of the Island. This narrow gauge railway provides a unique and spectacular way to visit some of the Island’s best pubs.

Hugging the Island’s East coast, the late Victorian era Manx Electric Railway passes through leafy glens, gorse topped hills and awesome coastal scenery. Along the way it stops at towns such as Laxey and Ramsey which offer a choice of pubs serving real ale. And at Laxey one can transfer onto the Snaefell Mountain Railway which travels to the summit of the Island’s only mountain (2,036 feet).

There is also a Rail Ale leaflet available at the main railway stations, and also the Welcome Centre (the main Tourist Information Centre as you arrive on the boat).


Go cards are available (both online and various Island outlets) which allow unlimited travel on all public transport, including the Steam trains, Electric Trams, Snaefell Mountain Railway, Douglas Horse Trams (when operating) and most of the Islands Bus service.  For full details, please click here

For more information visit www.gov.im/publictransport