Summerhill Beach (Douglas)
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Summerhill Beach is found at the northern end of Douglas Bay, the natural harbour that faces the town of Douglas, the largest and most important settlement on the Isle of Man. At this point, the long, wide, sandy beach is backed by a grassy strip along the promenade, offering lovely views of the hills surrounding the bay.
At the far side of the bay, visitors may catch a glimpse of the boats leaving and entering Douglas Harbour, the most important harbour on the island. The beach also turns rockier at Summerhill, offering the chance to explore rockpools for marine wildlife at low tide.
Parking is available along the promenade and the beach can be accessed down a short flight of steps. Plenty of facilities such as cafes, restaurants, places to drink, and places to stay overlook the beach, whilst the oldest surviving horse-drawn tramway takes visitors up and down the promenade.
A number of tourist attractions can be found near the beach, including the Manx Electric Railway Museum to the north, The Sayle Gallery along the promenade, and the Manx Museum in the town centre.