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Laxey Wheel

Wheelview Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey IM4 7NL
+44 1624 861136
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Walking is a difficulties to us but there is bus near the train junction. But the last climb is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Really neat engineering

As I have a background in engineering, I might have enjoyed this more than others, but I thought it... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Designed by the Victorian engineer Robert Casement, the Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar which was part of the Great Laxey Mines industrial complex.Standing at over 72 feet high the wheel, which is also known as Lady Isabella, has been one of the Isle of Man’s most popular tourist attractions for well over 150 years.You’ll have the opportunity to watch the wheel turning before attempting to climb to the top where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Glen Mooar Valley. Once back on solid ground you can walk through the valley to find the Great Laxey Mines – learn about the lives of the miners, walk into the mine audit and take a trip on the Great Laxey Mines Railway which was once used to carry lead and zinc ores from deep inside the Great Laxey Mine.
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Wheelview Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey IM4 7NL
+44 1624 861136
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Reviewed yesterday

Walking is a difficulties to us but there is bus near the train junction. But the last climb is steep. It is well worth the effort. Many of our group climbed the spiral staircase to the top we were very envious.

Thank merrycroft
Reviewed yesterday

As I have a background in engineering, I might have enjoyed this more than others, but I thought it a fascinating glimpse into not just history, but man's ingenuity on how to solve problems. The tour is nice (but not for the handicapped). You could...More

Thank RC30319
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great feat of Victorian engineering,really impressing to view.we walked the miners trail and read how tough there life was also went into mine,scary///. Would have loved to have climbed to top of wheel for views but age ruled it out. It was...More

Thank lottie49
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, very informative and friendly staff. As would be expected with a "mine" visit is very uneven ground, and quite a climb to get too, so would be difficult for the inferm to negotiate. Probably not suitable for wheel chair users. Although...More

Thank Len B
Reviewed 4 days ago

A recent visit to the shell with visiting guests left a favourable impression on us all. A little expensive (but I don't mind paying for its upkeep) but interesting, good displays of information and overall an impressive experience. Free to wander, and we climbed to...More

Thank dwpiom
Reviewed 6 days ago

The wheel is an amazing sight and the best view of it is from the Manx electric railway on the way to the top of Snaefell. There are 95 steps to the top of the wheel but they are staged so you can have a...More

Thank elona s
Reviewed 6 days ago

3rd time at the wheel and still marvel at this wonder!. Do not miss it!!. Fab walk around to the top workings also, About an hour but well worth it.

Thank George N
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Laxey Wheel is well worth a visit. It is a fascinating place to visit, looking into the mine and climbing the great wheel . There are some superb views over the countryside when you reach the top.

Thank 98melbad
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely day despite awful weather. Man in the ticket booth gave us a golf umbrella to keep dry when walking around. Not great value for those with mobility issues as they cannot go up the wheel or take advantage of the various walks....More

Thank David D
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a real treat and to be able to climb to the top of this iconic piece of engineering was a real treat. Trip into the mine was a bonus. A must do attraction

Thank Paul B
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Nicky C
20 April 2017|
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Response from ManxNationalHeritage | Property representative |
Hi Nikki, if you'd like to climb the wheel, enter the mine and see the remains of the industrial buildings on the valley walk, plan a good hour. We'd recommend planning in with lunch or a cake stop at nearby Ballacregga... More
19 August 2016|
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Response from Aquamaria59 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there were dogs around when we visited.
Lynda J
8 June 2015|
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Response from derek t | Reviewed this property |
From what I can remember the second wheel downstream by the ore preparation ares is called the Lady Evelyn.