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2. Lady Isabella - The Great Laxey Wheel

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Lady Isabella - The Great Laxey Wheel

The Great Laxey Wheel was named ‘Lady Isabella’ after the wife of the then Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man. It is now the largest surviving wheel of its kind in the world.

Designed by the Victorian engineer, Mr. Robert Casement, the Great Laxey Wheel was built in 1854 to pump water from the Glen Mooar part of the ‘Great Laxey Mines’ industrial complex. The impressive 22m (77.5 feet) diameter structure found immediate popularity and has remained one of the Island’s most dramatic tourist attractions for over 150 years.

The ‘Lady Isabella’ survived by courtesy of private endeavour until its purchase by the Manx Government in 1965 when a programme of complete restoration eventually returned the great wheel to its former glory. 
 
The Great Laxey Wheel Address:
Lady Isabella
Mines Road
Laxey
IM4 7NL
Isle of Man, UK 

The Great Laxey Wheel Opening Times:
Open March to October, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, 7 days a week.
Closed during winter months.
 
The Great Laxey Wheel Admission:
Adult £4.00                       
Child (5 - 15 years) £2.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £9.50
 

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