This is one of those must-experience attractions on the Isle of Man!
It is a reminder of a bygone era and one of the few things that still work well and have not sadly disappeared or been replaced with a boring mechanical substitute.
It is the world’s oldest surviving horse tram service! For this accomplishment and fact alone, you should make every effort to take a ride and experience it at least once during your visit. No trip to Douglas or Isle of Man is complete without riding the horse tram!
It’s only £3 and though you may think it a slightly high fare for the distance traveled, the monies go directly to caring for the wonderful horses, who are treated with utmost kindness and care by dedicated and humane staff.
It’s quite amazing that you travel alongside the cars and SUV’s of the modern age. Despite sharing a carriageway, drivers have utmost respect for the tramway, which has the ‘right-of-way’ when passengers need to board or alight from the tram. Surprisingly and pleasantly, the motor traffic politely and patiently stop to permit the goings and comings of passengers. It says volumes about the people who live on the Isle of Man and share the present day conveniences with the old-world charms.
With the tram, you get to sit in the same seats that folks sat in more than 100 years ago! You actually experience firsthand today how it must have felt to parade down the street in the late 1800’s!
The seats with the rotating backrests are ingenious, so you just lift and turn them over to face the other direction. If you’re nimble enough, you can simply stand up and swing yourself around the post to face the opposite direction if you’re staying on for the return journey! Rather inventive and first time I’ve ever seen this ingenious system. We noticed them on the old train carriages as well!
We highly recommend making this short journey. It will become a lasting memory of your Douglas, Isle of Man experience!
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