Douglas, UK

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Douglas became the capital of this picturesque self-governing kingdom in 1863 and you may want to visit the outstanding Manx Museum, which you will find in the town's centre. Or why not spend your time soaking up the island's rich history with walks around the settlements and castles that whisper secrets of their past. The scenery is simply stunning. You can walk the glens and mountains of which the island is justly proud or, for the best views of the island's natural beauty, ride the steam trains. You can even take a horse drawn tram that runs along the 2 mile stretch of seafront promenade.