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Things To Do – Isle of Man Steam Railway

13/09/2019 by SunsetLakes

There is so much to do during your Stay at Sunset Lakes Isle of Man and we have put together a variety of “Things To Do” to ensure that you get the very best from your stay on the Island.

The Isle of Man Steam Railway is the longest narrow gauge steam line in Britain that still uses its original locomotives and carriages.

The three foot narrow gauge railway was opened in 1873 and runs through the Island’s charming countryside between the Island’s capital and a range of destinations in the south.

Originally the southern route, which is around 15 and a half miles long, was part of a much larger steam railway network which used to serve Peel in the west, Ramsey in the north and the small mining village of Foxdale.

Many of the Island’s heritage attractions in the south of the Island are located near to railway stations making it a convenient way to travel. Simply sit back and revel in the spectacular Manx scenery and countryside as it gradually passes by you.

A one way journey along the beautiful Manx countryside running the full length from Douglas to Port Erin takes an hour to complete. In July and August, the peak months of the holiday season, there are seven return trains a day through the countryside, one of which is an evening service.

Pullman style fine dining can be experienced on the Isle of Man Steam Railway’s beautifully restored Dining Car. Built in 1905 and restored in the Spring of 2013, the plush Dining Car is one of only a handful of fine dining narrow gauge dining cars in the world. Offering a mouth-watering menu using only the finest Manx produce, the Dining Car is fully licensed and has a carefully crafted list of 14 wines and a cocktail Bar Car.

Tickets are available from all manned stations, and from the Guard onboard the train. Please see our website for current ticket options and fares:

Regular travellers and visitors can save money by purchasing a Go smart travel card.
Go Explore cards provide unlimited travel on our bus and rail services. These are available for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days.

Go cards are available online ( or from the Welcome Centre in Douglas Sea Terminal and main stations. Please see the Go cards page for more details.

2019 scheduled services

Steam Railway – Friday 8 March to Sunday 3 November 2019

Manx Electric Railway – Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November 2019

Snaefell Mountain Railway – Tuesday 26 March to Sunday 3 November 2019

Douglas Bay Horse Tram – Restricted Services have commenced. The Horse Trams operate Tuesday – Sunday weekly. A flat fare of £2 per round trip or £1 each way will be charged from 25/05/19 or valid Go Explore Cards will be accepted. The anticipated end of season date remains 3 November in line with our other Heritage Railways, but this date remains subject to the progress of the works on the promenade.

How to Book

Booking your Lodge with Sunset Lakes could not be easier, please simply enter your desired Check In Date and Check Out Date and select Search.

If the lodges are available for your desired dates they will be individually listed. If nothing is displayed following your search please simply refine your Check In and Check Out Date.

Each lodge has their own separate Calendar and you can also Check the Availability of each lodge by flicking through the Calendar dates. Please select the “Check Availability” Option found on each lodge page.

Please then select the desired number of guests wishing to stay and we will calculate your booking fee.

25% deposit is required upon receipt of your booking and please follow our secure checkout procedure to process your booking.

We will send you a digital Invoice to process the balance of your booking and this will be sent to your primary email address. Please follow the secure checkout procedure to process the balance. The balance of your payment is per our Payment Terms found on each lodge page. If your booking is less than 1 month to your arrival date the full balance will be required and we will send you your digital Invoice to process this.

Number of Guests and Pricing

Each lodge can accommodate up to 4 guests very comfortably in their 1 x Twin Bedded room and 1 x Double Bed room. The price is based on up to 4 guests sharing and is priced per lodge per night. For the very best value per guest we would recommend occupying the lodge with 4 guests.

Seasonal Pricing is applied during the Isle of Man TT Races and details can be found on each lodge page

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Hello, welcome to Sunset Lakes. Booking your Sunset Lakes Lodge securely online could not be easier. Please simply select your desired Check in Date and Slide to your Desired Checkout Date. If a lodge is available for your dates they will be listed within the search results. Please select a lodge and follow our booking procedure.

Do you have any questions? We are always on hand if you need any help with your booking, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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