Groudle Glen Railway
Groudle Glen Railway
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  • Tris1976
    Birmingham, United Kingdom489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little attraction run by volunteers with a miniature steam railway
    This is a great little attraction and best to go on a dry day as it is mostly outdoors. To get to the miniature steam train is a fantastic woodland walk. The train ride itself is quite short to Sea Lion Rocks which has a fascinating past. It was a real tourist attraction back in the day with creatures to see and clifftop walks. There is also a nice tea room / cafe to visit for some refreshments and some nice views over the sea. You can spend as long as you like here - probably best a couple of hours, with the woodland walk, the steam ride and time on Sea Lion Rocks.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • N H
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom4,415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent little railway
    A lovely ride through a small glen and around the cliffs and coast to a Victorian pleasure gardens and a little cafe. The station is a 5 min, from the main road,walk down steepish slopes and along a little river. The volunteers are very enthusiastic and are happy to help or inform you of the working and history of the railway.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Grgggggg
    Ventnor, United Kingdom70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult access, but worth the effort if you are not disabled.
    Lovely experience. Easiest access to railway is via Lime Kiln Halt. Car parking free and slowly climb around two dozen steps to the station. We had to take it VERY slowly as we are old and creaky. They say if you email, they will try and help, but we received no reply at all to our plea. The alternative route is very pretty, but long, steep, potentially slippery and uneven with various signs stating that it is 5 minutes. We returned that way. It took us nearly an hour to reach the main road. Impossible, if you are even moderately disabled. Great shame. Day "Rover" £5. Tea room is in a lovely spot on the cliff top. Cold sausage rolls - is a microwave really beyond them? Decent sandwiches. Crisps. Cake. Tea and coffee.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2024
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curlytail55
Cleethorpes, UK464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Travelled via the excellent Groudle Glen Railway to the sea lion tearoom at the terminus. Only 0.75 mile long but beautiful journey, winding through wooded glen perched on a rocky cliff (not frightening) and bursting out onto cliff top with wonderful sea views. See where the old Victorian zoo was and although they only serve cakes and drinks in the smart cafe it is very nice to sit inside or out. After our return to the main station we continued the lovely path in the bottom of the glen to the sea. The volunteers have worked so hard to achieve this. Our travel pass covered us for this trip. Check times as it only runs on a Sunday I believe. Don't miss it.
Written September 26, 2021
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Ian C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Groudle Glen Railway has become something of a ritual. You can get there by the MER but the former pub looks sadly neglected. Groudle Glen itself is difficult to access but beautiful if you can make it up and down the steep and slippery paths. The light railway, often steam operated, is a delight, taking you to tea rooms and sea views at the end of the line.
Written August 6, 2022
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William G L Corlett
Liverpool, UK218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Hats off for the people who restored this railway back in the 80's.
Operated by volunteers who do a great job. The Island locals and visitors need to come down and show there support to this place.
It makes a nice day out. Tea rooms at the top next to the cliffs could do with revamping its menu up a little and be good if it offered fresh milk for its hot drinks.
The Cafe and Stations has charm to it and fits in nicely to the area. One of the great Glens to the Isle of Man.
Written September 20, 2020
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK4,415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A lovely ride through a small glen and around the cliffs and coast to a Victorian pleasure gardens and a little cafe.
The station is a 5 min, from the main road,walk down steepish slopes and along a little river.
The volunteers are very enthusiastic and are happy to help or inform you of the working and history of the railway.
Written October 14, 2023
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QueenslandTommy
Burpengary, Australia1,610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a fabulous way to travel with stunning views of the sea from the open carriage. If you take the Electric tram to the Groudle stop its a 15 minutes walk through the Glen to the station. The setting is perfect , the station is a delight , the staff are splendid in uniform , there is a small shop to purchase old travel books prior to the train trip. I used my Go explorer card for the return trip. Well worth a visit,
Written August 14, 2022
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Andrew C
Douglas, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Every year we take our Grandchildren to the GGR Santa Trains and every year I say that I am going to write a review, well this year is the time I write one.
The Santa Train experience is a must for children of all ages, the organisation and experience are absolutely second to none and you always get a fabulous picture for the memory. We have not had one year where we have experienced any disappointment either with the experience, people or gifts.
There’s 12 months until the next time, so get it in your calendar now.
Written December 19, 2022
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Tris1976
Birmingham, UK489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a great little attraction and best to go on a dry day as it is mostly outdoors.

To get to the miniature steam train is a fantastic woodland walk.

The train ride itself is quite short to Sea Lion Rocks which has a fascinating past.

It was a real tourist attraction back in the day with creatures to see and clifftop walks.

There is also a nice tea room / cafe to visit for some refreshments and some nice views over the sea.

You can spend as long as you like here - probably best a couple of hours, with the woodland walk, the steam ride and time on Sea Lion Rocks.

Written August 21, 2023
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Grgggggg
Ventnor, UK70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Lovely experience. Easiest access to railway is via Lime Kiln Halt. Car parking free and slowly climb around two dozen steps to the station. We had to take it VERY slowly as we are old and creaky. They say if you email, they will try and help, but we received no reply at all to our plea. The alternative route is very pretty, but long, steep, potentially slippery and uneven with various signs stating that it is 5 minutes. We returned that way. It took us nearly an hour to reach the main road. Impossible, if you are even moderately disabled. Great shame. Day "Rover" £5. Tea room is in a lovely spot on the cliff top. Cold sausage rolls - is a microwave really beyond them? Decent sandwiches. Crisps. Cake. Tea and coffee.
Written May 14, 2024
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Malcolm O
Douglas Isle of Man57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
This organisation runs Santa Trains the two weekends before Christmas each year, With over 3000 visitors each year it is great value for money at £6.00 per head. What do you get for your money- a ride through the glen on the train, adults get tea/coffee a mince pie and a cup of mulled wine. Children get the ride,orange juice and a mince pie plus a visit to Santa's grotto with Santa speaking to every child and parents being able to take as many photos as they want. The children also get a present of excellent value to suit their age. It is a must visit event every year.
Written December 19, 2014
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Basing_Viewer
Basingstoke, UK111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
After a tremendous steam trip behind Sea Lion [of 1896] traveling on the line that goes uphill to the sea at Sea Lion Rocks station, the views from the headland are suitably splendid.

Tucked away in the heart of Groudle Glen; the Lhen Coan starting station is worth the short trail through the tropical glen gardens from Groudle MER tram stop, itself a short scenic ride from Derby Castle in Douglas, for these views alone. And once at the cliff top terminus there’s the terrific tearoom to take tiffin … lined with pictures of the Glen and headland Sea Lion and Polar bear zoo enclosures in Victorian times …

Once back at the Lhen Coan terminus the Souvenir Shop – “Flavell’s Emporium” will have something suitable to take home….
Written June 24, 2015
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