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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

  • Year of opening: 1876
  • Length of Line: 1 ½ miles
  • Gauge: 3 feet
  • Number of stations, stops and halts: 15

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is one of the last surviving Horse Tramways in the world. The tramway travels the full length of Douglas Promenade and is a convenient link for holiday makers wishing to make a journey to Derby Castle to catch The Manx Electric Railway or travel along the Promenade. The Tramway still uses its original Victorian and Edwardian Trams. Clydesdale and Shire Horses are used to pull the tramcars and are stabled at Summer Hill Stables during the operational seasons.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We are delighted that the Horse Trams are now back in action following an extensive absence during the Douglas Promenade refurbishment works. Tramway services will re-commence on Saturday 30th July until Sunday 30th October 2022. The full timetable can be viewed here.

For a 3D viewing of the stables please follow the below link

3D Viewing of the Stables 

Places of interest

  • Derby Castle for the Manx Electric Railway and Gift Shop
  • Summer Hill Stables for stable tours
  • Broadway for the Gaiety Theatre and Villa Marina
  • The Sea Terminal for The Isle of Man Welcome Centre


Make your event extra special - The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway welcomes private hires 


Conditions of Carriage


Trams depart from the Derby Castle at the Onchan end of Douglas Promenade, and can be located by the large ‘ELECTRIC RAILWAY’ sign in the cliffs above.


Our Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Volunteers offer a fascinating history of the railway on their Facebook page