Douglas (Isle of Man)
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man. The island's government assembly, the House of Keys, is located there. Douglas is also the main centre of commerce on the island and home to around a quarter of the island's population.
The only operating commercial airport on the Island is the Isle of Man Airport in Ronaldsway, located about 15km south of Douglas. Flights depart to London Luton, Gatwick and City, as well as (amongst other destinations) Dublin, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and Birmingham. Select flights to smaller UK airports often operate during the summer months.
If you are flying into Ronaldway Airport, then you can rent a car to drive into the town.
Ferries from Liverpool and Heysham in England to Douglas operate all year round. Ferries from Belfast and Dublin operate a more restricted schedule to Douglas.
A horsedrawn tram, one of only two left in the world, runs the Douglas promenade's length, from the ferry terminal to the Manx Electric Railway's southern terminal. There is also a bus service in town.
Douglas is easily walkable.
Douglas is the island's shopping capital and most chain stores are located in Strand Street and Duke Street close to the sea front.
Food in the Isle of Man is more expensive than in the UK. Expect to pay upwards of £30 per head for a meal in a restaurant.
There are many places to drink in Douglas, from typical British pubs to cocktail and wine bars.
There are a large number of bed and breakfasts in Douglas with high quality hotels such as the Sefton and Hilton also availiable (£90 a night).
It is strongly that you book ahead especially in the TT Season when rooms will be at a premium.
The Isle of Man is largely a very safe place but petty crime does occur, and as with any destination, tourists should always be on their guard.