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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.