Douglas Port is the entry way to the capital and largest town of Isle of Man, home to a hub for business, finance, entertainment, shopping and transport. Situated at the mouth of the River Douglas, it is surrounded by Onchan to the north and Union Mills to the west. The community is known for its horse-drawn trams, award-winning museums, theaters and gardens. Douglas also marks the spot where the annual motor sports TT Races begin and end.
With landmarks like Castle Mona, Douglas Bay provides visitors with an unparalleled view of the region. The Douglas cruise port is a busy commercial port, serving many industries. With so much to see and do, it's no wonder Douglas is a favorite stop on many cruise itineraries. The Douglas cruise terminal, located at the end of the Douglas Promenade, is not far from the town center. Plenty of shopping, dining and recreation options await passengers as they disembark.
Buses, taxis and horse-drawn trams are available for transport to the shopping districts of Douglas. Visitors have two options: the south side of the hotel market is close to the main town and terminal, while the north side is further away and close to the Manx Electric Railway. Many quaint shops line the sea front, along with the larger more familiar chains. Lots of hotels dot the landscape as well. The main shopping area is located on Strand Street in the center of town, featuring local shops and big names like Marks & Spencer and Woolworth's. If you're looking for souvenirs and gifts, this is the place to find them. Pick up a special miniature Laxey Wheel, a painting or two, world famous Manx kippers, TT shirts or loaghtan sheep items for your return trip home.
Things to See
Walking is a big draw here in Douglas. Take a hike along the Douglas Town Trail, which stretches about a mile and a half, starting at the Steam Railway Station and ending at the Villa Marina & Gaiety Theatre Complex. A Walking Festival is held each June, comprised of varying distances for all skill levels. Get views of unspoiled beaches, along with rare flora and fauna. Visit the the Manx Museum for various artifacts and treasures that tell the Story of Mann through interactive displays, exhibits and films. Points of interest include Viking silver and gold, Manx wildlife habitats and history of TT Races.
Restaurants and Bars
Whether you're in the mood for Italian, local fare, or an international blend, you'll be sure to find something to please everyone in your party. Sample Italian fare at La Cucina or dine on some local pub food at Jaks Bar and Steak House, boasting one of the largest selections of draught beers on the island. Isola on John Street serves up a variety of classy dishes in an elegant atmosphere, such as oak smoked salmon with baby spinach and new potato salad, or Manx organic sirloin steak with a hot pepper and dijon mustard cream sauce.
No matter what time of year you visit, the tranquility of the island will illustrate a unique landscape that was first discovered by the Celts and Vikings hundreds of years ago.