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Douglas Bay Tramway Heritage Trust is an education and conservation charity established to help promote and support the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its draught horses and its historic tramcars.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Due to the present Covid-19 situation and the on-going works on the Douglas Promenades, the horse tramway and the stables are currently closed. Development and implementation of education and conservation initiatives in support of the horse tramway, its draught horses and historic tramcars are also on hold for the moment. The Trust therefore is not actively fundraising at the present time.

Rest assured, the upkeep and welfare of the tram horses remains fully provided for by the Isle of Man Government.


The Horse Tramway

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is the oldest horse-drawn passenger tramway to remain in service anywhere in the World. Having opened in 1876, it still uses its Victorian & Edwardian era tramcars.
Our Tramway Guide pages provide comprehensive information about the history of the Tramway, its present day operation and services, the tram horses and the historic tramcars.

The Heritage Trust

Douglas Bay Tramway Heritage Trust raises funds to help promote and support the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, its draught horses and historic tramcars, with a focus on advancing education through conservation.
About the Trust explains our aims and objectives and how, with your kind donations, we can help to support the Tramway, conserve its heritage and develop it as a broader educational visitor attraction.

Douglas Bay Trammers

Douglas Bay Trammers are the large team of wonderful draught horses employed by the Tramway to operate its heritage transport service along the Douglas Promenades.
With their immense power, large round feet and generally good temperament, Clydesdales and Shires are well suited to pulling horse trams. Find out more on our Tram Horses guide page.

Historic Tramcars

Thirteen Historic Tramcars from the Victorian and Edwardian eras have been retained by the Tramway to operate the horse tram service, a selection of open-sided cross-bench cars, enclosed saloons and even a double-decker!
Dating from between 1883 and 1913, these historic tramcars afford visitors the opportunity to experience urban public transit pre-dating the arrival of electric trams in the World. Our Tramcar Fleet guide page explains more.

Latest News & Views

The latest posts from the Facebook page of independent news and information service Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Online.