Laxey Things to Do
The mine trail is also on the Laxey Wheel site. You can walk through the valley (3 different length walks), learning about the lives of the miners, go in to the mine audit, see a restored mine shaft and take a trip on the Laxey Mines Railway. The Laxey mines were the deepest in the world in the 19th century and the mine trail really provides an insight to the mining heritage of the site.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Laxey wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from the mines of Laxey. The wheel also known as Lady Isabella, is 72 foot and is still the largest working water wheel in the world. You can see the wheel turning and how the mechanism works, before climbing to the top where you will have a panoramic view across the beautiful Glen Mooar Valley.
This is a pretty little glen, with a waterfall (quarry falls) amongst the woodland in the former Hogg's quarries (local building stone suppliers). The entrance is quite tucked away so if you have a Laxey guide then it will be a bit easier. You can find the glen by following the road past the Woolen Mill and then you will need to look very carefully for a coastersize sign with a number 6 on it on the side of a house (it's very easy to miss so make sure you look closely). Then walk down between the buildings on the public footpath.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
Stunning location, nestled in Laxey Glen Gardens, this restaurant has it all, fresh pleasing decor, friendly attentive staff and fabulously unusual but incredibly tasty food.
The menu is a little limited but everything is freshly cooked to order and every dish is served perfectly. The food is fragrant and herbed providing an utterly delightful taste bud experience with every mouthful.
The freshness of the food means this is not, by any stretch of the imagination, fast food! So a word of warning do not go with a partner with whom you have little conversation as that would make for a long painful evening with extended difficult silences.
On the flip side this restaurant is the perfect location for anything from a romantic cosy meal to a works night out. A family run business, the staff go out of there way to make the whole evening a very special experience.
Favorite Dish: It’s all exquisite but the Lamb and the Chicken dishes are particularly yummy.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Laxey is the half way point of the Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) which goes between Douglas and Ramsey, stopping at other towns on the East coast. It is about a 45 minute ride from Douglas to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Ramsey.
The stops are: Douglas (start/end), Onchan (request), Groudle (stop), Baldrine (request), Ballabeg (request), Fairy cottage (request), South cape (request), Laxey (stop), Minorca (request), Dhoon glen (request), Glen Mona (request), Ballaglass (request), Cornaa (request), Ballajore (request), Ballure (request), Ramsey (start/end). Note that the request stops are mostly unmanned stations.
There are often two options for seating, covered or open trams. The inside seats are good if it is cold or wet or you want something a bit more comfortable, but if you really want to take in the scenery then sit on the open sided tram, rest assured if the weather turns there are shutters that come down to keep you dry.
Timetables vary depending on day and season and are available from ticket office at the main stations, including Laxey & Douglas.
There is also the opportunity to change to the Snaefell Mountain Railway from the Laxey station, which will take you to The Bungalow and then goes to the summit of the mountain where on a clear day you can enjoy views of the seven kingdoms (Mann, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Heaven and Neptune).