HistoryDerby Castle was once the site for a villa, built in 1836. The Villa was turned into a pleasure centre in 1877 consisting of a theatre and large ballroom.
The site was acquired by Douglas Corporation in 1964 and the old building demolished. There were two phases in the building of a new Sports and Entertainment Centre, which would cost the council over £1.7 million (government grant of £600,000). Phase I was the construction of a swimming pool, which was completed in 1969. Phase II was the development of an entertainment complex, which was completed in 1970.
The new Entertainment Centre was named Summerland and opened in the summer of 1971. In 1973, the Summerland Complex suffered a tragic accidental fire, which triggered a major change in fire regulations on the Island.
With the help of the government and Trust House Forte Leisure Ltd the
complex was rebuilt in 1976 and opened again in 1978. The complex
is now owned and operated by the Department of Tourism and Leisure.
LocationA large cement building on the far end of Douglas promenade. It is near the start of the Manx Electric Railway.
Travel to Douglas and then along the sea front to the far end of Douglas Promenade.
Douglas can be reached using most main bus routes: 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 6's, as well as many other minor routes. On the island most routes lead to/from Douglas.
By Electric Railway, take the trams heading to Douglas. Then walk from where the trams stop to the large building next door, which is Summerland.
By Steam Railway, take the train to Douglas and then walk along the Promenade to Summerland on the opposite side of the bay.
(Note: It is a long walk, there are always buses and in the summer a regular service by the Horse Drawn Trams.)
Summerland Leisure Complex
Isle of Man
Tel: +44 (0) 1624 625511
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