Onchan makes a great base from which to explore the Isle of Man. Excellent bus and road links are direct to nearby Douglas, and north to Laxey and Ramsey. Onchan centre offers a good mix of essential shops and services, and you'll find an exceptional choice of quality accommodation in the town from classic bay hotels to 4 and 5 Star guest houses and charming cottages to budget camping and caravan parks. Onchan is just a 10 to 15 minute drive from the Sea Terminal via the scenic coast road.
Just minutes from Douglas, the Groundle Glen area of Onchan was a remote area until it was linked to the rest of the island by the electric railway. Once in place, the railway resulted in Groundle Glen becoming a major attraction with the Victorians. Today the Glen features a choice of pretty winding paths, waterfalls and rivers, plus a popular miniature railway.
Nestling within a picture-postcard glen just to the north of Douglas, the Groundle Glen Railway is not to be missed for classic vintage charm and wonderful views en-route. Operated and restored entirely by volunteers, this enchanting Victorian narrow gauge railway departs from Groundle Glen and emerges on the clifftops at a new visitor centre with on-site tea room.
Onchan Park is a favourite family attraction in the Douglas area featuring a range of fun facilities including a boating lake and motorboats, miniature and crazy golf, go-karting, stock car racing, tennis and bowling.
One of the Manx Wildlife Trust's 22 reserves is in the Onchan area, Curragh Kiondroghad reserve in Onchan is home to around 110 species of flowering plants ranging from woodland plants to wetland species. A mecca for birdwatchers, the reserve is home to a variety of birds including wagtails, gold crests and hen harriers.