"Sailing 11th February 2014"
Reviewed 21 February 2014 by Anonymous
We left Heysham in sunshine, but strong winds. Experience was new, not travelled on board a ship with vehicle before. Straightford boarding and leaving. Return journey same.
'Anonymous' travelled Heysham Douglas with Steam Packet on Ben My Chree
"Visit to IOM"
Reviewed 26 June 2013 by Ashley
Sailed from Heysham to IOM and had a very pleasant crossing both ways, motorbike was securely straped down and safe. Sat in restaurant/cafe compartment which was very clean and comfortable. Not really a criticism, but took 4 hours both trips, which can become a little tedious.
'Ashley' travelled Heysham Douglas with Steam Packet on Ben My Chree
"Isle of Man journey"
Reviewed 08 April 2013 by John
My self & my wife have travelled over to The Isle of Man quite a few times by ferry each time we have thoroughly enjoyed our journeys, especially the catering and we have always found the staff to be very courteous and helpful at all times, why fly when you can have true comfort and an excellent restful journey!
'John' travelled Heysham Douglas with Steam Packet on Manannan
Heysham is a small, coastal village near Lancaster in the county of Lancashire. It overlooks Morecambe Bay and has two nuclear power stations which are visible landmarks from hills in the surrounding area. Heysham's hidden gem is the shoreside Heysham Village, centred on a group of charming seventeenth-century cottages. Settlement here can be traced back to prehistoric times, though proudest relic is the well-preserved Viking hog's-back tombstone in Saxon St Peter's church, set in a romantic churchyard below the headland. Just up the lane, on the headland itself, the earlier ruins of St Patrick's chapel occupy a superb vantage-point over the bay and to the lakeland hills beyond. The harbour was opened in 1787 and as trade expanded so did the village. A walk around the harbour is an interesting and rewarding experience, and the short stroll up Tithebarn Hill is rewarded with stunning views.
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man and its largest town. It is the Island's hub for shipping, transport, shopping and entertainment. It is the home of the island's government and its finance centre. Douglas is situated on a bay on the east coast of the island at the confluence of two rivers - the Dhoo and the Glass (from which it derives its name). A gently sloping valley runs inland. Hills are to the north-west and south-east. The town is surrounded by several other smaller towns and villages, most notably Onchan to the north (which forms a conurbation with Douglas) and Union Mills to the west.
Douglas has been capital of the Isle of Man since 1863, an honour previously held by Castletown, a smaller town in the south of the Island. Tynwald, the Manx Parliament, meets in Douglas (except on Tynwald Day, when it instead meets on Tynwald Hill in St John's - a small village near the west coast of the island).