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Douglas on the Isle of Man is a town and the island's capital. It is located at the mouth of the River Douglas which forms part of the town's harbour and commercial port. Situated on a bay that is roughly 2 miles long, Douglas is the main commercial hub on the island for business, finance, legal services, transport, shopping, entertainment and shipping.
There are many things to see and do in Douglas including the Tower Refuge which is a small castle like shelter built on Conister Rock in Douglas Bay as a sanctuary for shipwrecked sailors. Visitors also enjoy taking a ride on a horse drawn tram which operates along the promenade from the Sea Terminal to the Manx Electric Railway. There are also steam trains that run for 15 miles from Douglas railway station to Port Erin in the south of the island. Finally, for petrol heads, the Isle of Man TT motorcycle race, which is held annually, starts and ends in Douglas.
Douglas Port is the primary and only ferry port on the Isle of Man, with services connecting the island with the British Isles and the Irish mainland. The ferry terminal is situated on the waterfront, on Central Promenade, right in the heart of the city.
The coastal village of Heysham is located in the Lancaster district and lies on the shores of Morecambe Bay, just a short distance from both Morecambe and Lancaster. The village has some lovely 17th century cottages and its colourful floral displays have won the Britain in Bloom's Gold Small Village on two occasions. The village was also a popular location for the celebrated British painter, JMW Turner, who painted the village along with its lakeland backdrop in the 1790's.
The site of the village has been inhabited in one way or another since the Stone Age and as a result there are many ancient sites located in and around the village. These sites include one of the best Anglo-Viking sites to be found in the north west of England. Visitors to the village enjoy strolling around The Barrows, an area of cliffs where many tools and pottery artefacts have been found, which suggests that it was once an ancient burial ground.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company runs ferry services from Heysham to Douglas on the Isle of Man. There are also ferry service to Ireland.