Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man. The island’s government assembly, the House of Keys, meets there. Douglas is also the main centre of commerce on the island and home to around a quarter of the island’s population.
The town’s main areas are the sea front which stretches for 2 miles between the Onchan and the Sea Terminal. The Quay area near the Sea Terminal is popular for drinking and shopping. Away from the sea front are shopping districts, financial offices and government buildings while Upper Douglas becomes more residential.
The only operating commercial airport on the Island is the 1 Isle of Man Airport (IOM IATA) in Ronaldsway, located about 15km south of Douglas. Flights depart to London Luton, Gatwick and City, as well as (amongst other destinations) Dublin, Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Birmingham. Select flights to smaller UK airports often operate during the summer months.
If you are flying into Ronaldway Airport, then you can rent a car to drive into the town.
Ferries from Liverpool and Heysham in England to Douglas operate all year round. Ferries from Belfast and Dublin operate a more restricted schedule to Douglas. Transport to the island during the last week of May and the first week of June may be extremely expensive and often fully booked a year in advance because of the TT Festival.
Close to the airport is a halt stop of the Isle of Man Steam Railway which runs from Port Erin, in the south, to Douglas. It offers one of the few opportunities to take a steam train from the airport to your destination. Trains run during the summer months only.
A horsedrawn tram, one of only two left in the world, runs the Douglas promenade’s length, from the ferry terminal to the Manx Electric Railway’s southern terminal. There is also a bus service in town.
Douglas is easily walkable.