Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
Celebrating its 140th anniversary on 7 August 2016
++++  2016 Season started on 30 April and runs through to 30 October - see Timetable & Fares  ++++


Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is an independent volunteer community group established in September 2014 to help promote, support and retain in operation the world's last remaining 19th century original horse-drawn passenger tramway, running the length of the seafront promenades of Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, since 1876.

Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway believes that the Tramway forms an intrinsic part of the Island's heritage offering to visitors; it is an icon for both Douglas and the Isle of Man, part of the nation's identity.

Manx Museum, Douglas (MNH/iMuseum)


DateOn UntilEvent
30 April 2016 30 October 2016 2016 Horse Tram Season 
27 July 2016 31 July 2016 Manx Heritage Transport Festival 
30 July 2016 31 July 2016 Southern District Agricultural Show, Great Meadow, Castletown 
7 August 2016 7 August 2016 140th Anniversary of Horse Tramway 
12 August 2016 13 August 2016 Royal Manx Agricultural Show, Knockaloe Farm 
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Please check with event organisers for full details and to confirm times / dates before making your travel arrangements and setting out.
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Joining Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway helps us to demonstrate tangible public support for maintaining the tram service along the full length of Douglas promenades, the continued use of the Summer Hill Stables and Strathallan Tramcar Depot, and conserving as many as possible of the remaining 25 original tramcars.

Maintaining a working role for heavy horses (in our case Clydesdales and Shires) is also an important element of their equine breed conservation.

Iron Pier, Douglas 1877 (MNH/iMuseum)

Friends' Noticeboard

  • Tynwald Approves Continued Horse Tram Service Tynwald has today approved recommendations that Isle of Man Railways (part of the Department of Infrastructure) continue to operate the Horse Tramway for a further two seasons (2017 & 2018), and ...
    Posted 20 Jul 2016, 10:13 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
  • Department of Infrastructure submits report on DBHT Future to Tynwald The Department of Infrastructure has submitted its report and recommendations on 'Proposals Regarding the Future Operation of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway', to be debated and considered for approval at ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2016, 12:55 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
  • Planning for the Future .... Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway (FoDBHT) last week attended a meeting at the Sea Terminal with Minister for the Department of Infrastructure Mr Phil Gawne MHK. The meeting was ...
    Posted 27 Jun 2016, 04:30 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
  • Objection to Promenade Planning Application Following careful consideration and a meeting between Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and Department of Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne MHK (with subsequent follow up questions about concerns raised by ...
    Posted 17 May 2016, 22:17 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
  • Go Horse Tram Cards Available The annual Go Horse Tram cards are now available from the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal (01624 662525), offering unlimited travel on 2016 horse tram services.
    Posted 29 Apr 2016, 00:52 by Friends of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway
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