Douglas, Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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The Isle of Man is one of the very few places in the world where you can travel on steam and electric railways that are more than 100 years old.
Travel back in time on a steam train that passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in the British Isles. Opened in 1874, this narrow-gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives through an ever-changing landscape to a choice of destinations in the south of the island.
From Douglas Station, the line climbs briskly for a few miles, reaching its summit prior to Santon Station; then, it runs down sharp gradients towards Ballasalla, with interesting seacliff views to the east.
In Castletown, you'll find the market square has changed little since the 1800s. Looking down on the square is a clock presented to the island by Queen Elizabeth I. Curiously, it has only ever had one hand, but is still going strong after 400 years. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own here. The Castletown of today has a quiet but distinctive charm. Not only is the fortress, from which the town takes its name, still standing; it is in remarkably good condition and is one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. The castle dominates the southern lowlands and is visible from miles around. Visit at your own expense if you wish. As well as being an impressive historical attraction it is also a working castle, with its courthouse and precincts still in traditional use.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.