Douglas Things to Do

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  • 1. Architecture

    Douglas' building boom happened during the Victorian period (1837 - 1901), when it became massively popular as a seaside destination. The vast majority of buildings in the centre of the town date...

  • 2. Promenades

    4 out of 5 stars

    Douglas' magnificent sea-side promenade is pure Victoriana. A stroll along the prom was essential at the seadie, to take the healthy air, to see and be seen. A hugely popular early 20th century...

  • 3. Manx Museum

    I don't always bother with museums but when they offer a glimpse into the history of a location they are a definite 'must'...and the small Manx Museum in Douglas is a truly excellent example. Although...

  • 4. Tower of Refuge

    This isn't really a 'thing to do' because you can't actually get out to the Tower of Refuge in Douglas Bay.....and you really, really shouldn't try. If the tide is out it might look as if you can get...

  • 5. Walking

    (A 'bap', by the way, is a soft bread roll). If you fancy a Manx kipper bap for lunch you'll need to go to Devereau's the fishmongers...... Douglas, being the capital of the island, has plenty of...

  • 6. Gaiety Theatre

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Gaiety Theatre was opened in 1900 during the Isle of Man's heyday as a tourist destination. It was designed by Frank Matcham, a renowned theatre designer of the time, and is said to be one of the...

  • 7. Steam Railway

    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...

  • 8. Harbour

    Recently I've found myself increasingly fascinated by sea-fishing. I don't mean actually doing it myself but finding out about how it works, what fishing boats do and how they do it. I know it's an...

  • 9. Kirk Braddan

    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....

  • 10. Sea Terminal

    Douglas' Sea Terminal certainly has a most striking design. To me it looks like a crown pierced by a sword, though whether that was the original intention I have no idea. It may not be very pretty but...

  • 11. Camera Obscura

    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...

  • 12. Norman Wisdom

    Outside the Sefton hotel is a bench with a statue of Sir Norman Wisdom (1915-2010), the actor and comedian who made his home on the island. He starred in a number of comedy films in the 1950s and...

  • 13. 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...

  • 14. 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...

  • 15. Home of Rest for Old Horses

    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...

  • 16. 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...

  • 17. the bottom end

    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...

  • 18. Ever been to the top of a lighthouse?

    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...


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