Douglas Travel Guide

  • Tower of Refuge
    Tower of Refuge
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    TT history and heritage
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Douglas Things to Do

  • Summerhill Glen

    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

    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...

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  • Noble's Park

    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...

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  • The Gaiety Theatre

    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...

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  • National Sport Centre

    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...

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  • Walk along the Promenade

    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...

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Douglas Hotels

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  • Regency Hotel

    Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NN, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Glen Mona Hotel

    6 Mona Drive, Douglas, IM2 4LG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Admiral House

    I was recommended to this place by a local - who had not stayed there but had feedback from clients...

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Douglas Restaurants

  • great night

    I had a wonderful evening in the Old Courthouse in February 11. Cocktails, then dinner, then more cocktails. I enjoyed the food, and both the Chablis and the Pinot Grigio (yes, a bottle each - I admit it). It is a very lively place, and the bar was jam packed by the time we finished dinner (about 11.30!). The service was good, and the menu was...

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  • a good lunch

    This is a pub/restaurant in the village of Greeba. We had a late (3.30pm) lunch there on a Sunday afternoon, after a tour of the island.A nice country place; friendly with good food. We both had turkey - as in Christmas dinner turkey - with cranberry sauce, stuffing, potatoes etc. A strange thing to have on the menu in February, but it hit the spot...

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  • Thai?

    The restaurant was quiet when we arrived. It's run by Neil and Sunny Maddrell. Nice understated decor and food that was simply gorgeous.As they were short staffed, Sunny did the cooking and Neil was maitre d' and waiter. The entertainment was courtesy of theit 7yo son, Alex. Although at a very tender age he kept everyone amused with his Q&A session...

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Douglas Nightlife

  • by robs_iom Written Jan 28, 2008

    A great themed place from drinks in the afternoon, dinner at night and dancing till the morning. We took Salsa classes one day, was brilliant fun. Recommened it to anyone. The food downstairs is really good esp. the faijitas. Thurs nights used to be busy with rock or live music but Saturday nights tend to be the best.

    Dress Code: Just smart casual. dont think they allow any football t-shirts etc

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Douglas Transportation

  • Ferry (& Sea Terminal)

    If you are arriving by ferry then you will arrive at Douglas port, which is where the sea terminal is located. It is at the end of the promenade in Douglas (near to the shops) and accessible by bus, car, or on foot. The Steam Packet Company have ferry services between the island and Liverpool, Heysham, Dublin and Belfast. The terminal building...

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  • Douglas by Electric Railway

    The Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) goes from Douglas to Ramsey, via other coastal towns of the east. It is about a 45 minute jouney from Ramsey to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Douglas. There are often two options for seating, covered or open trams. The trams leave from the M.E.R stop at the far end of the promenade (near the horse...

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  • Horse Trams

    The Douglas Horse Drawn Trams are the world's oldest horse drawn tram service, The main stops are at each end of the 2 mile promenade, the one further away from the town centre is where the horses are kept and is the first and last stop of the day, with the other near the port. There are marked signs with a horse and tram on them along the edge of...

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Douglas Shopping

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    If you would like to send Peel kippers back home to your friends, you don't have go through all that packageing and wrapping. If you go into the Post Office and pay the appropriate fee, all is done for you. You don't even have to go out and buy the kippers.

    What to buy: Kippers.

    What to pay: You will be told the total amount payable at the Post Office.

    Peel harbour.

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Douglas Local Customs

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Just outside Douglas on the road to Port Erin at Santon, you may pass over the 'Fairy bridge'. It is rumoured that each time you pass over, if you don't say 'good morning' to the fairies you will have bad luck ! Don't tempt fate; say good morning and stay healthy !

    Say HELLO to the fairies.
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Douglas Warnings and Dangers

  • Visiting Tower of Refuge

    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!

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  • Getting to the Island

    Be carefull of the Steam Packet prices. In the summer the tickets for bringing a car over are very expensive, winter seems to be a lot easier on the eye. Also during T.T. Week the prices are really expensive and are normally booked up a years in advanced so try not to travel then. Booking earlier hardly changes the prices but choosing different...

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Douglas What to Pack

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A warm jumper for the top of Snaefell.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Seasick pills if you're going by ferry. It is the Irish sea after all !

    Photo Equipment: Your camera for 'those views'.
    Binoculars.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: As there are beautiful beaches, don't forget your swimming gear.

    Miscellaneous: Although this is a British protectorate, take some ID as well as your driving licence with you as you may need it to hire a car.

    VT Gear. What else?
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Douglas Off The Beaten Path

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

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    To the north of Douglas and half way towards Laxey, is Groudle Glen. This is a very picturesque location in itself as can be seen from the picture of the little waterwheel.

    But also, Groudle Glen is the starting point of another little steam railway built originally to take tourists to see the Sealion sea enclosure below the rugged cliffs. The Sealions have long gone but the railway has been rebuilt from the track up and is another great attraction of the Isle of Man.

    The waterwheel.
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Douglas Sports & Outdoors

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    by Pauldelabar Updated Nov 15, 2005

    I suppose one can't miss out the subject of the Isle of Man TT motor bike races. The races effectively close all the main roads in the island.

    If you are a biking buff, great. But otherwise you may find the road closures a nuisance when trying to get around the island by road.

    If you are in the Isle of Man when the 'TT' is on and need to get around, you are probably better off to use public transport in the form of the Steam Railway on the Electric Tramway Railway systems.

    Equipment: If you are into bikes, bring your camera and maybe binoculars too.

    TT in action.
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Douglas Favorites

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    by DAO Written Feb 14, 2012

    Favorite thing:
    Of course this took place in a bar! It was actually the hotel bar and it's a story I have used in Business for over a decade since.

    I struck up a conversation with the owner (nice man) and a young gentleman staying in the hotel. The younger of the two decided to relate a story form the autobiography of a sports star.

    The story goes like this:

    The sports star is watching his wife preparing food in the kitchen one day. He notices that before his wife puts a joint of ham in the roasting pan, she cuts the corners off of the joint and throws the parts away. The sports star is bemused and asks his wife, “why do you cut the corners off?”.

    She relies that she doesn’t know. Her mother always did that so she thought that was how you did it.

    The sports star suggests that his wife ring her mother. She does and the mother is amazed. She tells the daughter “when you were young I could only afford a very small roasting pan. I cut the corners so it would fit!”

    So the moral of the story is – don’t just do things because that’s the way it’s always been done. Time moves on and you need to know why you are doing something and ask if it is still relevant.

    Love that story.

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