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Douglas (Isle of Man)

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Douglas is the capital city of the Isle of Man, a crown dependency of the United Kingdom in the Irish Sea.


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.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The only operating commercial airport on the island is the Isle of Man Airport in Ronaldsway, located about 15km south of Douglas. It is easily accessible by most public transport.

Flights include:

  • Aer Lingus Regional: Dublin
  • British Airways: London City
  • easyJet: Bristol, Liverpool, London-Gatwick

By car[edit]

If you are flying into Ronaldsway Airport, then you can rent a car to drive into the town. Depending on your ferry operator, you may or may not be able to take your own car.

By ferry[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Isle of Man Museum. Museum containing a natural history of the Isle of Man  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Buy Kippers. Buy kippers from one of the two kipper shops on Strand Street  edit
  • Go on the Horse Tram Railway. Travel from the Sea Terminal to the far end of Douglas Bay using the Horse Tram £3 (Aug 08) apx.  edit
  • TT. See the start of the TT from the Grand Stand over looking Nobles Park.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Douglas is the island's shopping capital and most chain stores are located in Strand Street and Duke Street close to the sea front.

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

The Isle of Man prides itself on the quality and variety of its locally produced food and drink – from freshly caught seafood, to succulent meat and specially brewed beers and spirits.

A visit to the island really is the perfect opportunity to see what the local producers, farmers and fishermen do best.

If you’re a fan of seafood try traditional Manx Kippers which are herring fillets that have been smoked over hot oak chips, or Manx Queen Scallops - Queenies as they are more commonly known - which are sustainably sourced from Manx waters.

If you prefer meat you’ll find a large selection to choose from including the rich and tasty Loaghtan Lamb - which comes from an unusual horned sheep which is believed to have been brought to the island by the Vikings.

And for those visitors with a sweet tooth, make sure you don’t miss out on creamy Manx ice cream, handmade confectionary and traditional cakes including the Manx Bonnag. One favourite, of tourists and residents alike, is Davison's Ice Cream on Douglas Promenade.

You’ll be able to sample this produce at the regular farmers’ markets, supermarkets and a variety of cafes, pubs and restaurants around the island.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many places to drink in Douglas, from typical British pubs to cocktail and wine bars.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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.

  • Inglewood Guest House (The Inglewood), 26 Palace Terrace, Queens Promenade (Follow the promenade from the sea terminal), 01624 674734, [1].  edit
  • Edelweiss Guest House (The Edelweiss), 29 Palace Terrace, Queens Promenade (Far end of the promenade from the sea terminal, entrance on Switzerland Road), 01624 675115, [2].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

The Isle of Man is an extremely secure and safe place and the island has a very relaxed way of live - but, as with any destination, tourists should take as much caution as they would at home. Always keep your belongings safe and secure and do not attract attention to yourself by showing a large amount of money or wearing expensive jewellery. If you are in danger and require emergency services, call either 999 or 112.

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