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Discover Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, with its horse drawn tram and Victorian Era hotels lining the promenade. Delve into its rich Celtic history and lore. Ride the horse drawn tram to the island’s highest summit where you can see six Kingdoms: Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man and Heaven. Explore the beautifully transformed Villa Marina complex, first opened in 1931. Enjoy high end shopping while looking for uniquely Manx souvenirs of beautiful tartans, scarves, smoked kippers and locally made cheeses. Enjoy fish and chips and a famous Manx beer along the waterfront in this land of a bygone era.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Heritage Trail & National Folk Museum
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Historic Castletown
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Isle of Man Walk
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Lady Isabella & Tynwald
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Victorian Railways & Snaefell
    Light Activity /Walking

Heritage Trail & National Folk Museum

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: DGS-001

This delightful island in the middle of the Irish Sea boasts a wonderful mixture of picturesque villages, plunging cliffs, sandy beaches, rugged glens and wild moors. Rich in Celtic and Viking heritage, you are sure to be captivated by this fairy-obsessed land of charming folk traditions, many of which are revealed at the National Folk Museum.

From the pier, your coach will head southwest into the spectacular countryside, an ancient landscape lovingly shaped by man and the elements over the centuries. Before long, you will cross the Fairy Bridge, where you are encouraged to greet the invisible woodland fairies to ensure a safe, pleasant journey. Perhaps you will even catch a glimpse along the way of one of the island's distinctive tailless 'Manx' cats.

Arriving in Cregneash, near the southern tip of the island, you will tour the National Folk Museum, a collection of thatched cottages and farm buildings that opened in 1938 to resemble a 19th-century Manx upland community. It's like stepping into the past, which well suits Cregneash's rather isolated location. Watch demonstrations of traditional farming and craft techniques. See how the joiner and blacksmith ply their trades. Visit Harry Kelly's cottage, where flat, oat griddlecakes known as bonnag are usually cooking over an open fire. In the 300-acre, largely open-air museum, livestock roam free and the farms are maintained with power from horses, not mechanical horsepower.

Following your museum visit, you will re-board your coach and head back to the pier, traveling through the aptly named Plains of Heaven, where you will find some of the island's most idyllic countryside.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking; however, there is uneven ground and natural surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, weather-proof clothing and sturdy, flat walking shoes are recommended.