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Throughout the summer months of May through August, Douglas experiences its warmest weather, although it is still quite mild, with temperatures usually in the teens. During this period, tourists take the opportunity to head to the city’s spectacular beach. If you’re planning on spending your holiday in the great outdoors, book your flight as this is the best time to visit.
The world-famous Isle of Man TT motorcycle race is run on public roads throughout the island in late May – early June each year. The high-speed race attracts thousands of visitors from around the world, creating a lively, adrenaline-filled, carnival atmosphere throughout the town. If you’re a motorsport fan then Douglas has even more to offer. The Festival of Motorcycling takes place in August, which sees a diverse range of vintage and modern machines take to the renowned TT course.
If your pursuit of choice is hiking, then perhaps book your flight to Douglas during the shoulder seasons of March to April and September to October. During these periods you can expect to see temperatures in the single digits, in March to April and slightly warmer, around 9 to 14 degrees in September.
Visiting during September can also allow you to attend the annual Isle of Man Food and Drink festival. Tantalise your taste buds with the very best in local produce, whilst also learning a thing or two at the live cookery demonstrations.
The months of November to February bring cooler temperatures to Douglas, with an average minimum temperature of 4 degrees and an average maximum temperature of 8. The weather makes this an ideal time to experience the city’s indoor attractions, such as the Manx Museum and a whole host of restaurants. It is also more likely that you can get a bargain on your flight.
Douglas is the capital city of the Isle of Man, an island in the Irish Sea between the north west of England and Ireland. This fascinating small city is the site of the Tynwald, the Isle of Man’s parliament. The Tynwald has a 1,000 year history and it is said to be the oldest continuously-operating law-making body in the world. The Manx Museum in Douglas tells the story of the Tynwald. The museum also contains hundreds of other exhibits and artefacts telling the unique history of the Isle of Man, beginning in Viking times with a display of ancient gold and silver. A special gallery is dedicated to the TT motorcycle races. The Manx Electric Railway uses old rolling stock on a route that begins in Douglas, and takes visitors around the island. Animal lovers will know that the Isle of Man is famous for the Manx cat, which has no tail. These cats are plentiful in Douglas. Manx kippers are a local delicacy and there are many stalls along the seafront in Douglas where visitors can try them. Other delicacies available in Douglas include Loaghtan Lamb, a breed said to have been brought to the Isle of Man by Vikings. Most of the roads outside Douglas have no speed limit and, even outside the official racing season, this attracts many motorcycle enthusiasts who are keen to ride their machines on the island’s twisting roads. Douglas is a three hour ferry ride from the vibrant English city of Liverpool.
The most unusual way to see Douglas is to use the horse-drawn tram, believed to be one of only two still operating worldwide. It runs along the length of the promenade. Douglas is a compact city, and it is easy to see all of the major sights on foot. Parking is plentiful, and there are regular bus services.
Douglas is served by Isle of Man airport, also known as Ronaldsway Airport (IOM). It is located seven miles (11 km) from the city. A taxi rank is located directly outside the main terminal building. Several car rental agencies have vehicles available at the airport. The journey by road to Douglas takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic. Two bus routes serve the airport.