Being an island, everything is only a short distance away.
TT races close a lot of roads making getting about a nightmare.
Many things to see. A great holiday.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
1 Empire Terrace, Douglas, IM2 4LE, United Kingdom
Good for: Solo
Queens Promenade, Douglas, IM2 4NN, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
6 Mona Drive, Douglas, IM2 4LG, United Kingdom
Good for: Business
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
The Manx Steam Railway goes from Douglas to Port Erin. There are many interesting stops along the way, though most are by request, so make sure you let the conductor know when you board. The stops are as follows: Douglas (start/end), Port Soderick (stop), Santon (request), Ballasalla (stop), Ronaldsway (request), Castletown (stop), Ballabeg...more
The Manx Electric Railway (M.E.R) goes from Douglas to Ramsey, via Laxey and other towns on the East coast. It is about a 45 minute ride from Douglas to Laxey and then another 45 minutes from Laxey to Ramsey. There is also an option to change for the Snaefell Mountain Railway at Laxey.There are many interesting stops along the way, though most are...more
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...more
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.
This isn't for Douglas, but for Fairy Bridge which is in Santon, 10 to 15 minutes from Douglas.It is considered bad luck to pass over the bridge without acknowledging the fairies that are said to live there.The site is located on a main road, and is a small stone bridge painted white with a signpost as you come up to it. Don't forget to wave or to...more
23 Reviews and Opinions
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 days or lenght of stay does!
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.