The Isle of Man town of Douglas is the island’s capital. If you’re visiting by ferry from Belfast, Liverpool, Heysham or Dublin you’ll be arriving at Douglas to begin your holiday. From there, you can drive to other Isle of Man towns (the furthest is within forty minutes), or stay in the island’s bustling centre with an extensive choice of beautiful Promenade hotels, seaside B&Bs and cottages. During your visit, be sure to enjoy the traditional and modern attractions that have made the area so popular. Ride the Manx Electric Railway or the steam railway from Douglas to Port Erin, or travel along the promenade by horse-drawn tram.
Douglas with its classic seaside resort feel is also the Isle of Man’s main business and shopping centre. Major attractions include the Manx Museum offering a definitive insight into the history of the Isle of Man. The National Sports Centre is also here, containing a leisure pool and fitness facilities, pluas an on-site cafe. From Douglas, you’ll also be able to see St. Mary’s Isle and the Tower of Refuge or to watch a live show or performance at the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre. The Isle of Man TT course begins in Douglas and whether you need Isle of Man TT accommodation or somewhere to stay for a relaxing holiday in any season, you’ll find the perfect Douglas accommodation for you – browse below and book online with iknow.
Island capital Douglas sits on the central east coast of the island and is the most accessible, with Manx Ferries and the Steam Packet docking at Douglas Harbour. The Isle of Man is just 36 miles long and 12 miles wide, so based in central Douglas you’re within an easy drive of island attractions to the north and south, or a scenic steam railway ride south or vintage electric tram ride north away. Main island motorway routes the A1, A5 and A2 branch out from Douglas and Ronaldsway Airport just to the south via the A5 is an easy drive from the capital.
Where to Stay
The island’s largest and most varied choice of accommodation is in Douglas. Beautiful heritage seafront hotels flank Douglas Bay’s great sweeping promenade and the capital has a fantastic choice of stylish bed and breakfast accommodation just a few minutes’ walk from main business and shopping centres. Deluxe contemporary apartments are plentiful and the Isle of Man’s business centre offers a wealth of premier conference, wedding and events hotels with in-house restaurants. Browse Douglas accommodation choice below and book online or direct with iknow.