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The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail, Laxey

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  • A huge machinery for the time! following the path, we arrive at the entrance of the mine. Do not expect something extraordinary in what regards the mine, 20 meters under the ground, and that's it. A nice walk in as drink, but most, it is the wheel!
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  • The view from the top was fantastic, a bit of a walk from the station but well worth it. Plenty to do and see, the Explorer Pass was value for money 
  • A warm welcome from staff who gave information on what to look out for. The wheel is very impressive, but took some time to work out it's actual propose. Following the mine trail revealed the secret. ...  read more »
  • A 400 meter walk from the parking, it is all uphill to get there but well worth it for the views from the wheel. Toilets in the coach parking area.
  • Interesting to see the old machinery. It's a shame they don't have more of the old mines open.
  • So, there's a huge wheel you can see for miles.. A visitor centre about it.. several awesome viewing points.. A couple of excellent cafes.. another smaller wheel (still pretty big tho'), set in some landscaped gardens.. A restoration railway run by volunteers that's a good giggle on a Saturday.. The MER & Snaefell trains/trams run thru/from here.... what's not to like?
  • The wheel is an impressive piece of engineering. Built to pump water from the mines in the 19th century, it still works today more as a museum piece rather than for any practical purpose. It's possible to stand at the top and admire the views of valley on a clear day. There are a number of walks to do around the wheel and it's possible to spend a good hour or two here looking around. When arriving by car, be aware that the road is very narrow and steep when approaching the car park. It's also quite a small car park and on busy days it can be better to park in Laxey Village and walk to the wheel. Better still, leave your car in Douglas or Ramsey and take the electric tram, which offers some fantastic coastal views.
  • A bit pricey, the entrance. But worth seeing.
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