Visit Isle of Man
A remarkable collection of heritage railways and many fascinating attractions
This small island has a remarkable collection of heritage railways and many fascinating attractions. Using your included five-day pass you can discover all the highlights on this super holiday and enjoy unlimited travel on a variety of transport from horse-drawn trams to mountain railways.
Douglas – Isle Of Man A Popular Destination With Tourists
Author: Frederick Hoymer
The popular seaside town of Douglas – Isle of Man, the capital of the island as well as being its biggest town, it has a population of approximately 26.5 thousand. The town is located on the East side of the island amongst many villages and smaller towns. The name of the town is said to mean black river and be of Celtic origins.
The main commercial port and harbour form a part of River Douglas. Transport, shipping, finance, entertainment and shopping are the main areas of employment around the area. Tourism also plays a part in the towns economy with a wonderful seaside front attracting lots of visitors every year.
Attractions for tourists in the local area include the Tower of Refuge, that was used for sailors who found themselves shipwrecked. The building, that resembles a castle was the design of local architect John Welch. Sir William Hillary, a RNLI founder was responsible for building the tower.
Douglas Head stands overlooking the Bay where there are 3 memorials commemorating local history. Friends and family of those who lost their lives when the Solway Harvester sank, have dedicated a plinth and bollard to the Manx government who recovered the bodies after the accident. To remember the people who sacrificed their lives during the battle of Trafalgar, there is a large stone anchor built. There is also a statue to commemorate the life of Royal National Lifeboat Institution founder, Sir William Hillary.
For the tourist who enjoys walking, there is the Road of the Gull, this is a trail which goes the whole way around the island. There are various different starting points as the trail is so long, there is a good public transport system that can take you to each point. In 1986 the trail opened as part of the Heritage year celebrations. The trail allows you to take in the breathtaking scenery.
Summerhill Glen is another tourist attraction, at the Northern end of the promenade near the seafront. Pathways take you through the trees and plant life in the glen where you can watch the wildlife. The children will enjoy seeing the animal seats carved from wood and there is also a mushroom and gnome hill which will appeal to young children. At the entrance you will find two old canons, this spot is thought to have been a guarded defence point in days gone by.
As a way to see the beautiful scenery you could jump on the steam train at the Manx railway line, this will take you South to Port Erin. Or head north along the coastal route to Ramsay. To learn about the Islands history, pay a visit to the Manx museum.
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