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Douglas Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The capital of the Isle of Man, Douglas is the start of the famous 37 mile Manx TT motorcycle race.
  • Douglas is the home of 2 high schools.
  • The two piers in the harbour are named after Queen Victoria and King Edward VIII.
  • The nearest major cities to Douglas is Belfast in the Northern Ireland and Liverpool in the UK.

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About 26,000 people live in Douglas along the banks of a River of the same name. The main driving force behind the development of the town was a port and harbour which has commercial uses for shipping, business and finance. Shipping and fishing have been a way of life for people in this part of the world for a long time.

Douglas Harbour Isle of man

As trade grew so did the amount of merchant houses, filling out the town. Trading was particularly busy with Liverpool in the north of England. It was not until the Industrial Revolution that Douglas became mainly known as a place where British people liked to take their summer holidays. Therefore it has built up a strong sense of community based around welcoming visitors.

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Douglas has a long history dating back to Bronze Age and evidence of Viking settlement has also been found there. The town was a religious settlement and various monasteries and abbeys were built there as well as a nunnery. Tourists can use their rental vehicle to find out more about this interesting history by visiting various museums and old houses. You can also see the many charming towns and villages which surround Douglas.

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Car hire from Douglas is a great way to explore the beautiful Isle of Man.  Steeped in history, the island is a self governing part of Great Britain.  Douglas is the capital of this small island with a total population of a mere 25,00 inhabitants. 

Visitors to the Mann, or Manx as it is often referred to will be spoilt by the beautiful landscapes and open roads, where a hire car will enable you to explore every one of the 688 miles of public road on the island.  Get to Douglas by ferry operated from Liverpool, Heysham or Belfast in the UK or Dublin from Ireland.  If flying, the only commercial airport on the Island is the Isle of Man Airport at Ronaldsway.

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