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Douglas Guide

Guide

Douglas is the capital town of the Isle of Man and is famous for its motor sports and magnificent bay. Throughout the island there is evidence of Celtic and Viking influence to be discovered, while Douglas itself boasts some unique Victorian architecture. For the best sightseeing results the majority of visitors opt for car hire in Douglas, to help get them around. Book today to secure a car. Let us compare the market to help find you the cheapest available deals online.

Explore Douglas

Each year Douglas is the location for the TT motorcycle races, a world renowned event, and attracts world-class riders and thousands of followers. At other times of the year life is a little quieter in Douglas Bay, with its scenery of rolling green hills, and open coastland. Since Victorian times, Douglas has been a pioneer in illuminations and at night presents a scene of spectacular beauty.

The promenade is a one-and-half mile stroll from which tourists can spot the Tower of Refuge emerging from the sea on low tides. A lovely walk is along the sea front where tourists will witness the Douglas horse trams, which are the only ones in existence today. On Strand Street there is a fine example of Edwardian splendour, the Gaiety Theatre.

Douglas is a notable spot for scuba diving in its pristine waters, and fishing is also a popular pastime. There are numerous country walks in and around Douglas offering such beautiful, enchanting scenery. There is a brand new shopping centre in town, great for browsing on a rainy day. Within the shopping complex are a selection of restaurants and quaint cafes. A popular delicacy are the Manx kippers, eating usually at breakfast time.

Opt for car hire in Douglas as your main form of transport for your holiday and drive to the Curraghs Wildlife Park, located in Ballaugh. This is a unique wetland with a number of endangered species here as well some rare wetland wildlife. Close by is the world's largest working water wheel, the Laxey Wheel, which is also a must see whilst you're in the area. Another popular attraction here is the Isle of Man Steam Railway, which takes tourists back to Victorian times.

Transport

By air
The island has its own airport; The Ronaldsway Isle of Man Airport. Athol car hire, Avis, Isle of Man Rent a car, and Mylchreests car hire companies are available at the airport. Book online with us in advance of travel for a larger selection of car hire companies and cars.

By bus
Bus Vannin services the island, and is a very cheap and reliable way of getting around the island. The island covers only 221 sq miles so public services are reliable, with little distance to travel to most major towns and villages.

By boat
A number of ferry services operate to and from the island and Heysham, Liverpool, Dublin and Belfast. There is also the high-speed SeaCat and the SuperSeaCats for those passengers wanting to get to the island in shorter time as possible. If you are arriving by ferry there are many car rental companies on the island with depots in Douglas, and Ballasalla. Be sure to fill in the form above correctly.

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