Introduction...

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is the oldest horse-drawn passenger tramway to remain in service anywhere in the World, having opened in 1876.

Tramcar No.2 at the Broadway / Iron Pier Passing Loop (1877)
 
The Tramway operates as a subsidised heritage transport service and visitor attraction along the length of the busy seafront promenades of Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The Tramway has kept thirteen of its original Victorian and Edwardian era tramcars, a selection of open-sided roofed and un-roofed cross-bench cars, enclosed winter saloons and a double-decker. Built between 1883 and 1913, the historic tramcars enable the Tramway to provide the visitor with an uniquely authentic experience of one of the earliest forms of mass public transport.

There are a further ten original tramcars privately owned or in the care of museums on the Island - see our Historic Tramcar Listing.

Douglas Bay Tramway 'A' Team - Traditional Ploughing (2016)
 
From early Spring until late Autumn, the Tramway operates with a team of more than twenty draught horses.

Historically known as 'trammers', a number of the horses also attend agricultural shows in the Summer and compete in traditional ploughing matches on the Island during the Winter months.

Further information about the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway can be found on these pages: