Douglas (Isle of Man)
Douglas (in Manx: Doolish) 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, meets there. Douglas is also the main centre of commerce on the island and home to around a quarter of the island's population.
The town's main areas are the sea front which stretches for 2 miles between the Onchan and the Sea Terminal. The Quay area near the Sea Terminal is popular for drinking and shopping. Away from the sea front are shopping districts, financial offices and government buildings while Upper Douglas becomes more residential.
The only operating commercial airport on the Island is the Isle of Man Airport (IOM) 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.
By steam train
Close to the airport is a halt stop of the Isle of Man Steam Railway which runs from Port Erin, in the south, to Douglas. It offers one of the few opportunities to take a steam train from the airport to your destination. Trains run during the summer months only.
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.
phone: +44 1624 648000address: Kingswood Grove, Douglas, IM1 3LYMuseum dedicated to the history and the natural history of the Isle of Man. There is a section dedicated to Viking finds.
Castle MonaA seaside mansion designed by George Steuart for John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl. Completed in 1804.
Jubilee clockA street clock commemorating the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria's reign (1887).
phone: +44 1624 600555address: Harris Promenade1900 theatre and one of the few remaining theatres designed by Frank Matcham. Incredibly detailed interior
Buy KippersBuy kippers from one of the two kipper shops on Strand Street
Go on the Horse Tram RailwayTravel from the Sea Terminal to the far end of Douglas Bay using the Horse Tram
address: Grandstand, IM2 6DAThis is one of the world's best-known motorcycle road races. See the start of the TT from the grandstand overlooking Nobles Park.
TynwaldTour the home of Tynwald, which is claimed to be the oldest parliament in the world, dating back to 979.
Douglas is the island's shopping capital and most chain stores are located in Strand Street and Duke Street close to the sea front. Smaller independent shops can be found around the Quay area close to Strand Street and the Sea Terminal (where ferries from the UK and Ireland dock). This area has been semi-pedestrianised in recent years and includes small cafés, pubs and Douglas Train Station (for steam trains to the south of the island).
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.
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.
phone: +44 1624 612355address: 9 Ridgeway St, IM1 1EWA seafood restaurant: various fish, scallops, lobsters, etc. Good selection of wine.
phone: +44 1624 664414address: 14 N Quay
phone: +44 1624 611101address: 11 Church St, IM1 2AGA fire station-themed pub, apparently one of the oldest in Douglas.
It is strongly that you book ahead especially in the TT Season when rooms will be at a premium.
phone: +44 1624 675115address: 29 Palace Terrace, Queens Promenade, IM2 4NF
phone: +44 1624 674734address: 26 Palace Terrace, Queens Promenade, IM2 4NF
phone: +44 8443 876311address: Central Promenade, IM2 4NA
phone: +44 1624 645500address: Harris Promenade, IM1 2RW
The Isle of Man is largely a very safe place but petty crime does occur. Tourists should exercise standard precautions.