Laxey Wheel

Welcome to the group visitor information for the Great Laxey Wheel, the world’s largest waterwheel and Mines Trail.  Here you will find everything you need to plan a visit.

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The Great Laxey Wheel is the largest surviving working wheel of its kind in the world.  Designed by the Victorian engineer, Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex.

The impressive 22m (72.5 feet) diameter structure found immediate popularity and has remained one of the Island’s most dramatic tourist attractions for over 150 years.

A climb to the top of the wheel is rewarded with breathtaking views across the valley, while the mines trail displays the remains of a once thriving mining complex and offers a pleasant walk through the Glen Mooar, together with the opportunity to enter a section of the mine.

Don’t miss

  • Seeing the magnificence of the Great Laxey Wheel and her workings up close
  • Stories of the Laxey Miners
  • Panoramic views from the top of the wheel.
  • The chance to go into the old mine adit
  • A walk through the stunning Glen Mooar Valley
  • Compressor House
  • The chance to get some great photos of this unique piece of history and Victorian ingenuity

Opening hours 2013

Weekend (Sat & Sun) Pre-Season opening times 9 February to 17 March, 9.30am – 4:00 pm

Open 7 days a week from 23 March 2013 to 3 November 2013, 9.30am to 5pm

Admission to the Laxey Wheel is by ticket or Group Permit only which provides entry to the wheel, a look underground at the mine walks through the stunning Glen Mooar Valley and historic mine buildings. Group Permits should be handed in by your Group Travel Representative on arrival at the Laxey Wheel Kiosk.

Timing your visit

A typical visit lasts between 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Admission prices for 2013

Adult £4.50, Child (under 18 years): £2.25, Family (2 adults and 2 children): £11
Pre-booked Group* £3.60 per adult, Group (Ad hoc rate – paid on day of visit)* £4 per adult

10 Day Explorer Tickets and 5 Day Heritage Transport Explorer Tickets are also available and offer exceptional value for money.  Passes provide access to all Manx National Heritage sites and use of Heritage Transport priced from £17* to £49.50**.

*To qualify for the pre-booked group rate, groups must consist of at least 15 people and must be booked 7 days in advance to qualify. Multi-site discount admission passes are also available from all Manx National Heritage sites.  Valid passes must be shown on entry to each site. **Minimum group size of 20 people to qualify for discount to combined Heritage and Transport Explorer Tickets.

Manx National Heritage have reciprocal agreements with a number of organisations, providing free or reduced admission on presentation of a valid membership card. Refunds are not available for tickets purchased.

Booking your visit

Pre-booking is advised and achieves a number of benefits for your group including a substantial discount on the standard admission price and speedy, hassle-free entry to the site.

To book your group visit, please telephone our group bookings office on (+44) (0) 1624 648017.  Payment is due no later than 7 days in advance and refunds are not given once the booking and group numbers are confirmed.

On receipt of payment, a Group Entry Permit will be issued to you for presentation at the site entrance on the day of your visit.

How to get there

By Coach and road: Follow the A2 Coast road from either Onchan or Ramsey.  The Great Laxey Wheel is situated in the centre of Laxey and is signposted throughout the village.   View on a map here and zoom in on Laxey.

By tram: Laxey is serviced by the Manx Electric Railway from Ramsey, Douglas and Snaefell.

By bus: 3, 3A, 13, 13A – from Ramsey and Douglas 

Coach Parking and Coach Travel Information

There is no coach parking immediately adjacent to the Great Laxey Wheel.  Coach parking is available nearby in the following two locations:

1. At Laxey Fire Station, situated off Mines Road.  Please ensure that access routes to and from the Fire Station are not blocked and clear for use by the emergency services.

2. Opposite Brown’s Café, situated on Mines Road.

For your guidance, please note that speed limits apply in Laxey.  Please take care as there are some narrow roads within the village.  

Information for visitors with disabilities

The Great Laxey Wheel and Mines Trail complex contains steps and paths with loose chippings.  Please confirm any special access requirements by telephoning ++44 (0) 1624 648000 ahead of your visit.

Visitor Information

Visitors should wear sensible footwear and keep to defined routes as surfaces may be worn, uneven or slippery.  Children should be kept under close supervision.

  • Souvenir kiosk
  • Photography and filming (for personal use only) and use of mobile phones is permitted.
  • Souvenirs and guidebooks are available to purchase at the ticket kiosk.
  • Picnics can be enjoyed within the complex.
  • Cafe and public houses are available nearby

For Group ticket sales and information, please contact:

Lynn Mckibbin, Group Bookings Officer, Manx National Heritage, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY

Telephone (++44) (0) 1624 648000. Fax (++44) (0) 1624 648001

E-mail: Lynn.Mckibbin@mnh.gov.im