Port Erin Steam Railway Museum

Housed in the old engine shed at the end of the line in Port Erin, the steam railway museum is packed with memorabilia and artefacts from the heyday of Manx rail travel, including two steam engines and rolling stock.

Smells of oil and steam suffuse this wonderful, evocative little place and the volunteer staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Kids (and not just kids if we're being honest) love that you can stand on the footplate of one of the engines and get something of a taste of being an engine driver - although it's quite dark in the cab and there are lots of bits of metal pointing out at odd angles, so keep an eye on any little ones.

There's also a new "Drive The Diesel" exhibit which older children will love where, for a small fee, you can learn to drive IOM Railways' new flagship diesel engine in an excellent computer simulation. Although we have to point out that it's not quite an accurate simulation as it actually works, unlike - so far - the engine itself.

There is an entry charge to the museum, but it's very cheap and the beautifully-restored railway station next door has a fantastic little cafe, serving delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches. Orange and lemon drizzle is all I'm saying.

Photo by Grantltaylor - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,


Much of the museum is accessible, although there are some raised platforms. There are accessible toilets at the nearby railway station

Parking is plentiful in the town, with nearby carparks.

Contact Details

15 Station Road
Port Erin

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Opening Hours

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm on days the Steam Railway operates, but it might be an idea to check, as their website is still showing times for 2022.


Adults £2
Children £1
Go Explore Heritage Card holders Free

Drive the Diesel Simulator Experience
£5 for a 15 minute session
£10 for enthusiast-level training

Published: 26 May 2023

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