The Great Laxey Wheel

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The Great Laxey Wheel or Lady Isabella (as she is also known) is the largest working waterwheel in the world.  A brilliant example of Victorian engineering she was built in 1854 to pump water from the Laxey mines. Today a climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views across the Laxey Valley.

The Great Laxey Wheel

Opening Times

Open Daily
1 Apr 19 to 3 Nov ’19– 9.30am – 5pm

Opening hours 2020
1 Apr to 29 May, 9.30am – 5pm
30 May to 6 Sept, 9.30am – 5pm
7 Sept to 1 Nov, 9.30am – 5pm


Adults £8.00
Children £4.00

Concessions available:

  • Holiday Passes for multi-site admission
  • Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors. Pre-book in advance.
  • Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card.
  • Annual Passes for Isle of Man residents
  • Go Heritage Explore Card available for multi-site admission and transport links
  • Free entry available to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, National Trust, English Heritage, CADW, Historic Scotland 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, please consult your membership handbook.
  • Please note concessions may not apply for special events


Situated in the East

The Great Laxey Wheel is the largest surviving working wheel of its kind in the world.  Designed by the Victorian engineer, Robert Casement, the wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex.

The impressive 22m (72.5 feet) diameter structure found immediate popularity and has remained one of the Island’s most dramatic tourist attractions for over 150 years.

Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • Seeing the magnificence of the Great Laxey Wheel and witnessing her workings up close
  • Stories of the Laxey Miners
  • Panoramic views from the top of the wheel providing stunning photographic opportunities
  • The chance to go in to the old mine adit
  • A walk through the stunning Glen Mooar Valley
  • Compressor House


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