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. A climb to the top of the wheel is rewarded with breathtaking views across the valley, while the mines trail displays the remains of a once thriving mining complex and offers a pleasant walk through the Glen Mooar, together with the opportunity to enter a section of the mine.
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