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. It is easily accessible by most public transport.
Flights are as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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, Liverpool, Leeds Bradford and Birmingham. Select flights to smaller UK airports often operate during the summer months. Flights to and from the island are mostly operated by FlyBe, easyJet, Aer Lingus Regional and CityWing.
When flying back home from Ronaldway Airport, please remember to take your rented car back to the company. Depending on your ferry operator, you may or may not be able to take your own car.
Ferries to Liverpool and Heysham in England to Douglas operate all year round. Ferries to Belfast and Dublin operate a more restricted schedule to Douglas.