Isle of Man Getaway
Isle of Man
- Delightful Douglas
Admire the scenic coastline and glittering waters of Douglas Bay.
- Let off steam
Experience the historic Isle of Man Steam Railway for yourself.
- Sea and sand
The Empress Hotel offers superb views of the beach and rolling waves.
- A Sound idea
Look forward to drinking in the views of the Calf of Man, a small island at the south west tip of the Isle of Man separated by a narrow strait of water known as the Calf Sound.
- Half board
- Short breaks
Enjoy a traditional seaside holiday on the golden sands of Isle of Man
Want to relive the childhood seaside holidays of your youth? Look no further than a relaxing stay at The Empress Hotel, overlooking Douglas Bay in the capital of the Isle of Man. A visit to the unspoilt island is like taking a trip back in time, to the heyday of British seaside breaks. Why not take a stroll along the Victorian promenade, inhaling the sea air, and perhaps enjoying a 99 too, or dip your toes in the sand and glittering waters of the Irish Sea while sharing a bag of chips. Later you can return to your hotel, which, like the island, is full of character and will provide you with hearty breakfasts and tasty dinners during your three-night stay.
- Return flights and transfers
- A ride on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Welcome drink
- Porterage in your hotel
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
The Empress Hotel, Central Promenade, Douglas IM2 4RA
Take a trip to a British seaside hotel of yesteryear with a stay in the 3-star The Empress Hotel, a charming hotel set on the promenade overlooking the golden sands and shimmering waters of Douglas Bay.
Upgrade to a superior room with sea views, subject to availability.
Tea coffee making facilities
Food and Drink
Your stay at The Empress Hotel is on a half-board basis. The Empress has a reputation for a warm and friendly welcome complemented by impeccable service and superb food. The first floor Brasserie Restaurant & Piano Bar are ideal places for a relaxing lunch, intimate dinner or afternoon tea. Enjoy amazing views over Douglas Bay from the impressive conservatory that spans the full width of the hotel. Each dish is prepared with the emphasis on flavour and freshness, using quality, locally-sourced ingredients wherever possible. On the lower ground floor is a new restaurant with direct access from the Promenade where you will take breakfast and dinner. If the weather is good you can even take afternoon tea outside in the sea air.
The Isle of Man was once a haven for hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers every summer, who poured off the ferries from the mainland onto the island every summer armed with picnic blankets and buckets and spades. Former Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman was a regular visitor and once described Douglas as the ‘Naples of the North.’ Just like those holidaymakers of the 40s and 50s you can still enjoy a ride on the narrow-gauge Isle of Man Steam Railway – which is rumoured to have been the inspiration for Thomas the Tank Engine – while an even more sedate way of seeing the sights is by a horse-drawn tram along the promenade. When darkness falls another of the island’s unique charms becomes apparent – weather-permitting of course. The lack of light pollution means the Isle of Man has the largest cluster of Dark Sky Discovery Sites in the British Isles – you can see the Milky Way and sometimes even the Northern Lights with the naked eye. The island is also one of only six designated Biosphere Reserves in Britain, awarded in 2016 to recognise its unique marine and coastal ecosystems. Another way in which the Isle of Man is unique within the British Isles is that, although it is not in the UK itself, having had its own government for more than 1,000 years, it is the only place in Britain from which you can see all of the UK at once. On a clear day England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all visible from the summit of the 2,037ft Snaefell, which can be reached using the Snaefell Mountain Railway.Historic Isle of Man
The history of the Isle of Man is almost as fast-paced and exciting as the TT motorbike races for which it has been most famous in the past century and more. It was formed by the melting glaciers which led to Britain being cut-off from Europe and at the end of the ice age eventually settled almost equidistant between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The 33-mile long island was first settled by Celtic tribes and its name derives from Manannán, the Celtic god of the sea. The Vikings arrived by 850 AD and in 979 it was they who established the self-governing parliament of the island known as Tynwald. To this day an annual ceremonial meeting is held every July at Tynwald Hill where new laws are announced. England’s first claim to the Isle of Man came in the 13th century when King Edward I claimed it and after it flipped from English to Scottish rule for some years, Manx history stabilised in 1405 when King Henry IV granted the island to Sir John Stanley on a feudal basis. Due to its convenient location, the Isle of Man became a haven for smuggling throughout the 15th and 16th centuries while tourists began to flock to the island in the late 19th and 20th centuries, leading to the creation of the Isle of Man Steam Railway, Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway systems.
Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
You will be provided with a voucher allowing you to ride on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. Horse trams have operated on the promenades of Douglas since 1876. You can follow in the ‘hoof-prints’ of the Queen and late Queen Mother among other notable visitors by enjoying the two-mile journey and stunning sea views.
Included on 3 nights itinerary