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Capture the Culture of Douglas

Capture the Culture of Douglas

Start your journey of discovery strolling or taking the horse tramway along the two mile promenade, where you can’t help but be whisked back to a Victorian age. Gaze out to sea and admire the Tower of Refuge, a small castle like structure built by Sir William Hillary to house shipwrecked sailors. Pass by sweeping hotels and guesthouses towards the Gaiety Theatre and Villa Marina, where top class performances are held year-round. Stop off to enjoy a tour of the Gaiety, which dates from 1900 and considered one of renowned architect Frank Matcham’s finest surviving theatres.

For a treasure trove of artefacts and insight into the unique history of Man visit the Manx Museum. Also located onsite, is The Gallery Shop offering a selection of Manx souvenirs and handcrafted artisan products.

For a spot of lunch, choose from a selection of eateries and enjoy the great local produce offering traditional favourites and contemporary cuisine. Make sure to look out for Taste accredited venues, which have all been quality assured.  

After lunch, make your way up to Douglas Head along the historic Marine Drive where you will be rewarded with the best views of the capital’s sweeping bay. Here, you will find the famous Great Union Camera Obscura, perched upon the hillside. Built in 1890’s the curious building is one of only four still in use in the British Isles and was originally used as a form of entertainment by spying on tourists on the surrounding headland.

Product Information

  1. Contact Details:

  2. Contact Details:

    Strathallan Crescent
    IM1 4NR


    +44 (0) 1624 662525
  3. Manx Museum


    Contact Details:

    Kingswood Grove
    IM1 3LY


    01624 648000
  4. Contact Details:

    Douglas Head
    IM1 5BY


    +44 (0) 1624 621733
  5. Contact Details:

    Legislative Buildings
    Finch Road
    IM1 3PW


    01624 685520
  6. Contact Details:

    Gaiety Theatre
    Harris Promenade
    IM1 2HH


    + 44 (0) 1624 694552

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Tower of Refuge (54.15025,-4.4686)Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (54.16711,-4.46047)1.76
Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (54.16711,-4.46047)Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)1.78
Manx Museum (54.15447,-4.48182)Great Union Camera Obscura (54.14332,-4.46722)1.41
Great Union Camera Obscura (54.14332,-4.46722)Inside Tynwald (54.1506,-4.48121)1.1
Inside Tynwald (54.1506,-4.48121)Gaiety Theatre Guided Tours (54.15513,-4.47854)0.48
Total Distance *6.52 miles
Estimated Journey Time13 minutes

* Approximate distance by road