The Great Laxey Wheel – Queeyl Vooar Laksey

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The Great Laxey Wheel (also known as Lady Isabella) is the largest surviving original, working water wheel in the world. Set in an imposing location built into the hillside, at 22m in diameter this extraordinary feat of Victorian engineering has attracted thousands of tourists to the village of Laxey for 170 years, and Lady Isabella is still delivering one of the most memorable visitor experiences.


The Great Laxey Wheel – Queeyl Vooar Laksey

Opening Times

Open from 28th March – 3rd November 2024

9.30am – 4.30pm

Last entry 4pm


Laxey Wheel will be open for extended hours in June, July and August

9.30am – 5pm

Last entry 4.30pm


Adults £15

Students £6.75 (over 18 with a valid Student Card)

Children FREE (children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult).


Your admission

  • Adult admission tickets for The Great Laxey Wheel include a £1.50 voluntary donation to Manx National Heritage (Isle of Man registered charity no. 603), supporting our charity’s work in caring for the Isle of Man’s most cherished places and spaces, including historic buildings, landscapes, archives and museum collections. If you do not wish to pay the donation please state to staff that you wish to opt out of the voluntary donation at the ticket desk when paying admission.
  • Some special events may incur an additional admission charge.
  • Student discount is available on production of a valid student card.
  • Group discounts are available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors booked 7 days in advance. Find out more.
  • Holiday and Annual Passes – admission is only permitted on production of a valid card. Cards are valid for the named person and are not transferable. ID may also be requested.  Free access is for 14 days from the first day of use on a Holiday Pass and 1 Year from first date of use on an Annual Pass for Isle of Man residents.
  • Free admission is available to children under 18 years of age, persons accompanying a disabled visitor, Go Explore Heritage and Go Platinum Reserve Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport and Members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage and organisations holding an agreement with Manx National Heritage. Entry available to the named member only on presentation of a valid membership card. Restrictions may apply.  For details on our reciprocal arrangements, please consult your membership handbook.


Seeing this magnificent wheel turning is a sight in itself, and for panoramic views and a different perspective on how this truly great wheel turns, take the 95 spiral steps to the viewing platform sitting above the wheel and feel the rush of water and power beneath your feet.

Beyond the wheel, the story of the lives of Laxey miners unfolds, where you can explore the mine trail and walk underground into the entrance to the mine to experience the atmosphere of life  underground.

This year Lady Isabella celebrates her 170th anniversary on 27 September 2024.  Look out for special events to mark this momentous milestone in our Island’s heritage. The fact that the Great Laxey Wheel is still turning is testament to the designer, Robert Casement’s ingenuity and Victorian engineering skills.

The Great Laxey Wheel is a ‘must see’ when visiting the Isle of Man.

Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • See and hear the Great Laxey Wheel turn
  • Read the stories of the Laxey miners
  • Capture the perfect selfie or panoramic view from the top of the wheel
  • Experience the atmosphere of life underground


Address: Wheel Hill, Mines Road, Laxey, IM4 7NL

Phone: +44 1624 861136

What Three Words: fighters.chickens.drilled

Transport: Buses 3, 3A Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway Laxey Stop

Essential Info

Drone Policy: The flying of drones is not permitted at The Great Laxey Wheel.

Dogs welcome: Dogs on a lead are welcome, but not permitted on the wheel or in the mine.

Here are some useful FAQ’s

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