Douglas, Isle of Man

Douglas (Manx: Doolish) is the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man, with a population of 27,938 (2011). It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas, and on a sweeping bay of two miles. The River Douglas forms part of the town's harbour and main commercial port.

Douglas

Douglas Bay from Douglas Head, showing the Ferry Terminal
Douglas
Location within the Isle of Man
Population27,938 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSC379750
ParishDouglas Borough Council
SheadingMiddle
Crown dependencyIsle of Man
Post townISLE OF MAN
Postcode districtIM1 / IM2
Dialling code01624
PoliceIsle of Man
FireIsle of Man
AmbulanceIsle of Man
House of KeysDouglas North
Douglas East
Douglas South
Douglas West
Websitewww.douglas.im/
List of places
Isle of Man
54.145°N 4.482°W / 54.145; -4.482
Photochrom of Loch Promenade during a storm, 1890s
Douglas Promenade, which runs nearly the entire length of beachfront in Douglas
Sea terminal in Douglas

Douglas was a small settlement until it grew rapidly as a result of links with the English port of Liverpool in the 18th century. Further population growth came in the following century, resulting during the 1860s in a staged transfer of the High Courts, the Lieutenant Governor's residence, and finally the seat of the legislature, Tynwald, to Douglas[1] from the ancient capital, Castletown.

The town is the Island's main hub for business, finance, legal services, shipping, transport, shopping, and entertainment. The annual Isle of Man TT motorcycle races start and finish in Douglas.