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Laxey Wheel

Wheelview Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey IM4 7NL
+44 1624 861136
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The Lacey wheel was beautiful! I was so impressed that we were able to climb to the very top and... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
Very impressive

This is an amazing place to visit as are all the historical places on the Isle of Man. The climb to... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2017
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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 July 9, 2017

The Lacey wheel was beautiful! I was so impressed that we were able to climb to the very top and look out! And was the view spectacular! This wheel is kept in inpeccable condition, you can tell that is a gem that is meant to...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit as are all the historical places on the Isle of Man. The climb to the top is not for the faint hearted, there are 95 steps to the top but it is worth it for the view.

Thank Bribabo
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

At £8 per head it's a bit expensive for the experience. Nice working condition. It's interesting history.

Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed July 6, 2017

What an amazing feat of engineering in order to remove water from the mines. A massive wheel that only took a small amount of water to make it operational. Well worth climbing to the top.

Thank NZ_Rick_n_Kay
Reviewed July 6, 2017

Victorians at their engineering best. This huge wheel moved by so little water! How did the Victorian ladies manage that fantastic spiral staircase in their Crinolin dreses? Take time to walk up further to look at the drive shaft and upper mine workings.

Thank johnmoorse
Reviewed July 2, 2017

This Victorian water wheel costs £8 to visit. It's very impressive when you're close to it, and to think it was made in Victorian times. If you don't have good mobility then it may not be worth the £8 as you can't take advantage of...More

Thank Wrexhamites
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

The climb to the top is exhausting when you lack fitness. But when you get to the top the views are marvelous. If you are going into the mine entrance take your wellies as there are puddles up to 2 inches deep. Well worth visiting...More

Thank Steven R
Reviewed June 28, 2017

A narrow spiral staircase must be negotiated to get to the top - Passing can be a problem if someone has a back pack. From the train to the Wheel is quite a walk and the last100 or so yards involve a steep stepped climb...More

Thank Rod B
Reviewed June 27, 2017

It's probably compulsory to visit this iconic structure when visiting the IOM, and just right too. It would be a shame to miss it. It's a fantastic feat of engineering and elegant and beautiful to boot. Look, learn and sympathise with the men and women...More

Thank Traveller1999
Reviewed June 27, 2017

Large and beautiful and a good view of it on the snaefell mountain railway. Good walk to it from Laxey. Don't forget to see the smaller wheel at the end of the village just as beautiful.

Thank lady487
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Nicky C
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
August 18, 2016|
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Response from Aquamaria59 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there were dogs around when we visited.
Lynda J
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.