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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Type:Railway

Close up of decorated trammer horse

About

We are delighted that the Horse Trams are now back in action following an extensive absence during the Douglas Promenade refurbishment works.

A testimony to Victorian engineering and endurance, the Douglas Horse Trams have been in existence on the Isle of Man since 1876 and celebrated their 140th anniversary on 7 August 2016.

The trams were first introduced to take advantage of the booming tourist trade in Victorian times and to this day still carry tourists, and locals, along the promenades in the summer.

The three-foot gauge Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has been operated by Isle of Man Railways since 2016 using 12 original tramcars which in turn have been receiving a full refurbishment to their full former glory including a double decker tram.

A number of Royal visitors have been carried on the horse drawn tramway including the Queen, late Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.

The horses that pull the trams are known as “trammers” and have an average working life of 15 years. Upon retirement the trammers spend the rest of their lives at the Home of Rest for Old Horses in Douglas.

Visitors can start their journey at Derby Castle or the Villa Marina. After you have boarded the tram simply sit back, relax and enjoy the 1.5 mile journey and the stunning views out to sea.

 

Guide Prices

Single Journey
Adult £3
Child £2
Family £10 for a family of two adults and up to three children

Day Tickets
Adult £6
Child £3
Family £15 for a family of two adults and up to three children

1, 3, 5 and 7 Day Explorer tickets accepted. Go Explore for unlimited travel on scheduled bus and rail services for 1, 3, 5 or 7 days. Go Explore Heritage for unlimited travel on scheduled bus and rail services.

For further information on the Go Cards and fares please see our website.
Accompanied children under 5 years of age travel free.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility - For more detailed accessibility information please see our website www.rail.im or email Hireme@gov.im

Payment Methods

  • Accepts major credit and debit cards
Strathallan Crescent, Douglas, IM1 4NR
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Opening Times

Season (25 Aug 2022 - 11 Sept 2022)
MondayClosed
Tuesday - SundayOpen
Bank HolidayOpen
Season (14 Sept 2022 - 30 Oct 2022)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - SundayOpen

* View timetable at www.iombusandrail.im

Map & Directions

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