A gem of a holiday
destination, east coast Laxey has a small stone
harbour and was once a bustling fishing village.
It was also famous for its lead mining and the
mine’s huge pump wheel – named Lady Isabella after
the wife of the Lieutenant Governor of the day –
has become something of a Manx icon. It has a
diameter of 72 ft and once pumped 270 gallons of
water a minute from a depth of 100 ft.
Laxey is the starting point for the mountain railway which climbs 2,000ft up Snaefell mountain and is also a stop on the Manx Electric Railway.
With its small stone harbour and annual carnival, this is a traditional resort and its gardens are laid out on the old washing floors of the now-defunct mines.