Douglas and the East
Visit the Island’s capital of Douglas for a unique blend of traditional seaside resort, thriving finance centre and busy working harbour.
Set on the east coast, Douglas is the Isle of Man’s largest town and offers a wide range of things to see and do.
Set against a two-mile sweeping bay and sandy beach you’ll find the busy promenades buzzing with activity – why not take a trip along the stretch on the horse trams where you’ll be afforded stunning views out to sea? Or start you journey south by steam railway or north by electric railway.
If you are interested in exploring the Island’s heritage, Douglas is a great place to start. The Story of Mann trail, which guides you around some of the most iconic sites, begins at the Manx Museum. A trip to the Great Union Camera Obscura on Douglas Head is also worth a visit.
And if it’s motorsport you’ve come for visit the TT Grandstand where you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the start and finish line as the bikes attempt the gruelling 37 ¾ mile Mountain Course.
You’ll find the Island’s main shopping area in Douglas as well as a wide range of guest accommodation and the magnificent Gaiety Theatre and Villa Marina – both of which offer a year round programme of entertainment.
Moving up the east coast you’ll find the picturesque village of Laxey which is set in a deep valley. Here you’ll be able to start your journey, either on foot or by rail, to the summit of the Island’s only mountain where you’ll be afforded views of the Seven Kingdoms on a clear day.
Laxey also offers an insight into the Island’s mining heritage. It’s home to the world’s largest working waterwheel, Lady Isabella, which used to pump water to the mines, as well as the Laxey Mines Railway – parts of which are still in operation.