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    Summerhill Glen

    by Ellie22 Written Mar 7, 2014

    Set at the northern end of Douglas promenade (the electric railway end) the glen has many paths leading through the trees, past slow moving streams and large pools of water. Inside the glen there are carved wooden seats and other decorations for children. Also, during the summer season there is illuminations in the evenings from 7 to 11pm.

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    Tower of Refuge

    by Ellie22 Written Mar 7, 2014
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    The tower is about 12 meters high and 52 meters around. It sits on Conister Rock (also called St Marys Isle) at the far end of Douglas Bay.

    Even though it is sometimes possible at certain times of the year to walk to the tower during low tide, visiting is highly discouraged as it can be extremely dangerous since the tide comes in very fast and you can be stuck and stranded very quickly. The best way to see the tower is from the promenade!

    History
    Sir William Hillary came up with the concept of a life boat service manned by a trained crew in the mid 1820s and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was created

    Then when Hillary took part in a rescue and was washed overboard he realised the coast was too far to swim to and a place was needed for sailors to await rescue. Soon after the Tower of Refuge, was built. Situated in the bay in the form of a small castle the tower became a lifesaver for sailors and it was kept well stocked with fresh water and bread.

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    Noble's Park

    by Ellie22 Written Mar 7, 2014

    The park includes the newly built Noble's Pavilion which features a large restaurant with terrace and landscaped garden. The first floor is a community room with kitchen and balcony (available for private hire) and it has changing rooms, showers, toilets and lockers also. The site has tennis and netball courts, bowling greens, a childrens play ground and playing fields, a skatepark and a BMX track.

    N.B A lot of paths in the park are paved and though only limited parking is available on site you are able to park in roads around the park.

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    The Gaiety Theatre

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014
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    The Gaiety Theatre is located on the sea front near the centre of the bay and is well marked out the outside. The theatre hosts shows year around covering a variety of genres and there are also local and traveling productions. There are fully guided tours on saturdays during the summer lasting about 90 minutes which cover most areas of the theatre (you will probably need to ring and book).

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    National Sport Centre

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014

    The Sports Centre is just on the edge of Douglas and is a fairly easy walk (though there is a hill) though there is also a bus that runs from outside the centre to Douglas Promenade. The centre has two swimming pools, a competition short course pool and a leisure pool, with two flumes and a flow pool which goes from nothing at the shallow end and has fan sprays and whirlpools. The competition pool has lanes but for family swims they have floats and small inflatables. The Centre is also has a full size sports hall, squash courts, an indoor bowling facility and a gym, they also run exercise classes. In the atrium they have a cafe which serves hot and cold food and refreshments.

    The centre is open daily from7am to 10pm.

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    Walk along the Promenade

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014
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    The Douglas promenade is nearly 2 miles long and has a variety of shops (food, souvenirs, gifts) hotels, takeaways and restaurants on one side as well as the beach, a children's play park and the sunken gardens on the other. Horse trams run up and down the prom if you feel the walk is too long or you have lots of shopping, they are fairly cheap and still allow you to see everything. You can walk or cycle (dedicated cycle path) along the prom for great views out to see and of the bay.

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    Home of Rest for Old Horses

    by Ellie22 Updated Nov 13, 2013

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    Set up in 1950 for the old tram horses, the home is located on Richmond Hill in Douglas and is surrounded by sweeping countryside. It is a registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary contributions, so while admission is free, donations are most welcome. The site also has a museum, gift shop and a Cafe, serving home baked items. You can purchase carrots and apples for the horses from the gift shop. The home is open from May to September between 10am to 4pm.

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    Camera Obscura

    by Ellie22 Written Nov 12, 2013

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    Douglas Bay

    The Grand union Camera Obscura, to give it its full name, is located on Douglas Head near the Lighthouse and will give you a 360 degree panoramic view of Douglas Bay and the surrounding area. One single lens and a mirror in a rotating turret above a darkened room projects moving pictures of the surrounding area. Note that poor weather conditions will likely prevent the Camera Obscura from opening, so make sure to save this for a good, clear day. You’ll know when it’s open as the flag will be flying. There is parking nearby but there are a number of steps or a gradient to get to it

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    Manx Museum

    by Ellie22 Written Nov 8, 2013

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    This is a great museum with tons of exhibits, ranging from the islands first inhabitants to modern day life on the island. It has loads of interactive exhibits, with several designed especially for children. The museum also contains the national art gallery and national library. Its open all year round from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and admission is free. There’s something for all ages at this museum, which also has a restaurant and gift shop. There is quite a steep hill up to the museum if you are walking but there is some parking on site.

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    Isle of Man Steam Railway

    by lotharscheer Written Jun 21, 2012

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    The Isle of Man Steam Railway is a historical little railway with steam engines and cars still from the 19. century, a must see for every railway fan. There is also the Manx Electric Railway and the
    Douglas Horse tram.

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    the bottom end

    by iaint Written Feb 14, 2011
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    Head off to the most southerly point of the island at Calf Sound, looking out to Calf of Man - the little island off the southern tip.

    We went on a wet & windy Sunday afternoon in February - see the photos - so it was the wildness of the elements and the landscape which supplied the beauty.

    No doubt very different on a sunny summer day. Well worth the short journey.

    There's a cafeteria for coffee/snacks/meals.

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    Victorian Douglas

    by GeoV Updated Nov 4, 2010
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    Since Douglas developed as a 19th century Victorian seaside resort, why not have a look at some of the Victorian heritage? The obvious place to start is along the various Promenades with their Victorian hotels. Alternatively, the following sequence of pictures comes from a fairly short walk from Loch Promenade (near the ferry terminal) along Victoria Street and up Prospect Hill. This brings you to 'Tynwald', the Manx parliament building - the parliament having met in Douglas since its move from Castletown in the 1860s.

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    (Kirk) Braddan and its Manx crosses

    by GeoV Written Nov 4, 2010
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    Douglas is primarily a Victorian town but on its outskirts is something much older. In Braddan is a group of crosses of Celtic and Scandinavian / Norse design dating back to the 9th to 11th centuries. A remarkable number of these have survived on the Island but most are in parishes in the north. Those at Braddan are conveniently close to Douglas and much easier to get at. The crosses are inside old Braddan church - not the new church from 1876 just up the road. The old church itself - in an atmospheric setting - is rather interesting having been rebuilt in 1773 (although probably retaining part of the original 12th century church). The interior is Georgian with box pews and is probably as most Manx churches were before Victorian 'improvements'.
    The pictures show a Celtic wheel-headed cross of the 9th or 10th century and one of the Norse crosses: the surviving shaft of 'Odd's Cross' of the 10th or 11th century with its carved dragons.

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    Take a walk along Marine drive.

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Portal.

    I say walk because although this is a roadway, it is only accessable for part of the way due to erosion and its proximity to the cliff edge.

    The grand portal at the Douglas end originally spanned a double tram track.

    Views from this roadway are really spectacular.

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    Ever been to the top of a lighthouse?

    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    One of the 2 lighthouses.

    You will need a car for this trip. At the very top of the Isle of Man is a place called the Point of Ayre with two lighthouses, one of which tourists can enter and climb the winding sloped walkway to the top.

    Very isolated and free from the TT crowd up here, you can collect your thoughts in peace and scenic beauty.

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