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Laxey Wheel

Wheelview Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey IM4 7NL
+44 1624 861136
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The Lady Isabella is an awesome sight perched on the hillside. It is a very steep climb up a narrow... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jan F
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Visited this site as part of journey towards the summit Snaefell. Impressive to look at and even... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kittyboy2114
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London, United Kingdom
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lady Isabella is an awesome sight perched on the hillside. It is a very steep climb up a narrow spiral stairway, perhaps not good for those with reduced mobility or fear of heights. A visit to the caves is fun also. Hard hat provided,...More

Thank Jan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this site as part of journey towards the summit Snaefell. Impressive to look at and even more with the knowledge of its use. A reminder of this islands past. Made the climb to halfway to admire the views. Worth it.

Thank Kittyboy2114
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Laxey wheel is a really impressive piece of machinery that has to be seen to be believed. We visited on a wet and blustery day in April and it all added to the fun. Standing on the top platform felt very exposed but it...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Isle of Man is one and a half times larger than the Isle of Wight. That still makes it tiny (but perfectly formed!) and they don't have a huge amount of 'must sees'. This is one of them. It's a very big wheel, very...More

Thank Greeners43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here on the Great Laxey Mines Railway, which is also well worth a visit. The wheel is a short walk from the upper station. It's quite amazing to stand at the top and watch the waterwheel rotate, and there are useful notice boards...More

Thank Numismatist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Laxey wheel is impressive from a distance, but even more so close up. As with a lot of Victorian engineering it is over engineered, which is why it has lasted so long. I thought it was quite straight forward how it worked but it...More

Thank GrumpyDykes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful site ,so full of history,there was a lovely guide to tell us information about it ,It looked glorious on the hill like a beautiful symbol of times before,if you go by coach there is a biggish slope to go up but worth...More

Thank bouncyb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wheel was interesting to see and the mining history fascinating but the glen was what drew me here a second time. It was lovely with bluebells when I visited.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we visited on a dull day this did not spoil our enjoyment of visiting the unique Lady Isabella. An amazing feat of nineteenth century engineering. We climbed to the top and enjoyed the view. Then we walked up to the entrance of the Laxey...More

Thank Baldromma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This iconic wheel probably is the symbol many people connect with the Isle. It was still interesting for a revisit and walk around the paths but I do wish Manx heritage would update their displays as other mainland museums etc do more regularly. History can...More

Thank dragonara2
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Nicky C
How much time do you need to make the most of your visit?
April 19, 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
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frenchtart
I was wondering if dogs are allowed at this attraction? Thanks
August 18, 2016|
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Response from Aquamaria59 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there were dogs around when we visited.
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Lynda J
what is the name of the other wheel
June 7, 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.
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