Know Before You Go
The Mackwoods museum tells much of the plantation's story, but a factory tour, usually available on request, is even more enlightening. The Tea Centre can get very busy during Sri Lankan holiday periods.
You can take on a local bus from the bus station in the centre of Nuwara Eliya. There is a bus stop with a ‘Labookellie’ sign above it and a small bus takes you there. Buses are pretty regular and very cheap. If you tell the conductor where you want to get off the bus he will tell you when you get to the right stop. If you decide to travel by train to Nuwara Eliya from Colombo it is only about £5 for a first class (air conditioned) ticket to the nearest station Nanu Oya (about a 15 minute tuc tuc ride from the town centre) but 2nd class is a lot cheaper and the windows open so you get a better view. Even for second class you need to book in advance. Fantastic train journey particulate after you pass Kandy and much of that has a 15mph speed limit so you get plenty of time to take in the views.