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The place

The capital of the Isle of Man, Douglas, is most people’s starting point for sightseeing on the island. Whilst the old Victorian town has many attractions, the island-wide scenery should not be missed. And there are many ways to get around the island. Douglas is the starting point for the steam and electric railways departing from opposite ends of the Promenade and linked by horse drawn trams which "clip clop" along the two miles of Douglas promenade – a reminder of days gone by. The steam railway has been meandering its way through the countryside since 1874 and travels from Douglas to Port Erin. The 17 mile electric tram railway travels from Douglas to Ramsey following the rugged eastern coast for much of its journey. Just outside Douglas is Groudle Glen with its own steam railway which travels for only three-quarters of a mile along the cliff top.

Not to be missed is a visit to the village of Laxey. Here you will find the impressive water wheel – the Lady Isabella, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.

A trip to the island’s highest peak, Snaefell, on the tram is well worthwhile. It’s said that on a clear day, you can see seven kingdoms from the top – the Kingdoms of Man, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Sea, and on a really clear day, Heaven.

Just outside Douglas is Groudle Glen with its own steam railway which travels for only three-quarters of a mile along the cliff top and back again. One of the great sights in the summer is the horse trams making their way along the two miles of Douglas promenade.