Spent a lovely afternoon taking the electric train from Douglas to the great Laxey Wheel. A short uphill walk from the train station to the wheel were we bought tickets on the way from a small gift shop just after leaving the station. The wheel has steps leading to the top where you get a great panoramic view of the countryside surrounding it. My grandchildren enjoyed the short walk into the mine were a hard hat and torch were provided. There are benches provided for you to sit and enjoy a picnic at the base of the wheel. I would say a visit to the Laxey Wheel would be a challenge for anyone with walking difficulties or with a young infant in a pushchair as the route to it is uphill and the steps leading to the top are quite steep and narrow. There are a few pubs and cafes around the wheel and we found a small sweet shop/cafe at the foot of the Laxey that sold children's drinks at slightly cheaper peice than at the railway shop. We also enjoyed a drink at The Mines pub which also sold reasonably priced pub lunches and had seating outside. All in All, a lovely way yo spend a sunny afternoon learning about The KLaxey and mines.
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