Ride a classic, steam-engine train through the pastoral countryside and along the coast to Castletown, where the sights include the medieval Castle Rushen and House of Keys.
It's a brief transfer from the pier to the railway station, where you will board an antique Southern Steam Railway train. Operating since 1874, it is the longest-running, narrow-gauge steam line in the entire British Isles. It's a beautifully scenic trip, where you can sit back and enjoy the ever-changing, always spectacular views. Upon arrival at the depot in Castletown, you will board a waiting motor coach for the short ride into town.
Once the capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown was founded in 1090 and the market square is little changed since the 1800s. Of special interest is a clock that looks down on the square. Presented to the Island by Queen Elizabeth I, the clock has only ever had one hand, but is still going strong after 400 years. The city is immensely proud of its history, which is grandly reflected in the limestone-walled Castle Rushen. One of the finest medieval castles in the British Isles, it was built and often added on to between the 13th and 16th centuries. Some of the most popular features you may see during your visit here include dungeons, guardrooms, a chapel, and several "murder holes" in the ceiling where defenders could slay invaders.
Next, you will visit the House of Keys. It has been restored to how it appeared in 1866, a watershed year when the house members of the Manx parliament became a democratic body elected by the people, instead of being a self-elected body. It was less than a decade later that population and commercial pressures forced the seat of the Manx government to be moved to Douglas.
Following your time in Castletown, you will enjoy a relaxing coach ride back to the pier in Douglas.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking. There is some uneven ground and steps to negotiate at the Castle. Guests must also be able to make their own way on and off the train which requires climbing a few high steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, weather-proof clothing and sturdy, flat walking shoes are recommended.