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Laxey Wheel

Wheelview Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey IM4 7NL
+44 1624 861136
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Worth the effort to climb to the top of Isabella

A narrow spiral staircase must be negotiated to get to the top - Passing can be a problem if... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Rod B
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Something you have to see

It's probably compulsory to visit this iconic structure when visiting the IOM, and just right too... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Traveller1999
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England
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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 yesterday

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 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is still a 'must see" on the Isle of Man !! Even if you can't bring the dog up with you to the top of the wheel -and what dog would want to ?! It's a super visit the Information boards are excellent loads...More

Thank usat4
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always wanted to see the Lady Isabella, I had seen the wheel on travel documentaries but did not appreciate how large this beautiful old wheel was. Painted in the Manx colours of red and white it is visible from the Laxey mountain train....More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really enjoyed the visit here and the walk too. Climbed to the top of the wheel and great view there. Dog friendly too so that was great.

Thank Lesley E
Reviewed 3 days ago

When you stop in Laxey it's a must to walk up and see this wheel. Well worth the effort to have a walk up to see it.

Thank Brenda O
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great location bu be warned lots of walking over uneven paths, Very interesting and well kept. Clinbing the wheel is not easy but the view is worth it. Lots of imformation about mining in the area. Very educational

Thank zen15006
Reviewed 5 days ago

Large it is. Weather was too hot to comfortably climb stairs on the white frame structure. However got close to it within the grounds and took a few good pictures. Bit of a steep climb but worth it.

Thank zmartie2015
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very very good wheel, it's really fun to go up it and see how it works and where all the water goes. It's also got a mine from where they pumped the water out of.

Thank Luke H
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Nicky C
How much time do you need to make the most of your visit?
19 April 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
18 August 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
7 June 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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