The horse trams are a common sight on the promenade during the summer months. Started in 1876 by Thomas Lightfoot to take advantage of the booming tourist trade, the 3ft gauge tramway today is owned and operated by Douglas Borough Council. It runs from the main depot at Derby Castle, along the Promenade to the Sea Terminal. The trams run daily from mid-May until mid-September, with many of the original fleet of cars still in use today, and is a popular tourist attraction and tramway of important historic value. It is the oldest surviving Horse Tramway in Britain, and the only one to have operated continuously since its opening (with the exception of World War II). In South Australia, a similar system also exists. There are also other smaller horse drawn systems operating around the world.
Single Adult£3.00Single Child under 16£2.00Child under 5 with paying adult FreeAll day ticket Adult£5.70Child under 16£2.90Child under 5 with paying adultFreeResidents Ticket Douglas resident£20.00Residents Ticket non Douglas resident£30.00Residents Ticket Senior Citizen£18.00Residents Ticket Child£10.00
The service ran from 12th May to 14th September 2014.