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Villa Marina

Open: All Year: Daily, 9am - 5pm
Price: Gardens Free
Event Prices as Shown
Disabled: Access
Location: Douglas
Parking: Ample, close by.
Park along the Promenade.

History

The Villa Marina started as an Estate. The land was acquired by George Steuart, who shortly after the purchase died in 1806. Some of the land was sold off and on the rest a house was built by the late Steuart's son for his mother. Upon Mrs Steuart's death the house become a school and then a governor residence. The latter in 1861 indicated the starting move from the capital then in Castletown to Douglas, as accommodation in Castletown was unavailable for the new Lieutenant Governor Pigott.

In 1868 the Estate was bought by Henry Bloom Noble for 7,000. Upon his death in 1903 the Estate was offered for sale as a tourist site to Douglas Corporation in his will. In 1910, the Villa Marina Estate, then known as Marina Lodge, was purchased by Douglas Corporation from Noble's Trustees for 60,000. The Villa Marina Royal Hall and Gardens were opened in the the summer of 1913. Extensions to the Villa Marina were made in 1931. These included the Colonnade, Veranda, Public Conveniences and Arcade.

In 1973, the Reading Room was converted into a Conference Hall. A new bandstand was erected at the Villa Marina in 1996. In 2001, the Villa Marina underwent a complete rebuilding and refurbishment, which was completed early in 2004.

Location

The Villa Marina is located along Harris Promenade overlooking Douglas Bay.

By Vehicle:
Travel to Douglas and then along the sea front to Harris Promenade.

By Bus:
Douglas can be reached by most main bus routes: 1's, 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 6's, as well as many others minor routes. On the island most routes leads to/from Douglas.

By Railway:
By Electric Railway, take the trams heading to Douglas. Then walk along the Promenade to Harris Promenade and the Villa Marina.
(Note: It is a long walk, there are always buses and in the summer a regular service by the Horse Drawn Trams.)

By Steam Railway, take the train to Douglas and then walk along the Promenade to Harris Promenade and the Villa Marina.

Visiting the Villa Marina

The Gardens are open to the public all year round. In the summer outside concerts are held on the grounds. The Villa Marina main complex was rebuilt and opened to the public again in April 2004. A range of facilities are available in the new complex, as well as the Royal Hall for concerts. Check listings for events held there.

Royal Hall
With sound, stage and lighting technology, this 1500 seat venue is perfect for concerts, shows and events. There is a spacious dance floor.

Broadway Cinema
State of the art cinema entertaining all the family with a range of new and old favourites.

Promenade Suite
Often rented room for meetings, events and local interest shows.

Dragon's Castle
Dedicated soft play area over many levels for children. Refreshment counter as well as seperate party room available.

Colonnade Gardens
Popular raised walkway, which links to the Villa Marina Gardens. Take in the wonderful sea views as well as the refreshing sea air.


Events
Dates: Thursday 02 April 2015 - Friday 10 April 2015
Description: Art Society Easter Exhibition. Exhibition of 400 works of art by local artists. 10am until 5pm, (1pm on Friday 10th). Adults £2 (includes catalogue), accompanied children free. Villa Marina Arcade,, Douglas, 01624621925.
Dates: Thursday 09 April 2015 - Saturday 11 April 2015
Description: CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival. The extremely popular Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival will be running for a 4th year from Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th April 2015. It promises to be an even bigger event this time. The venue is now the prestigious Villa Marina situated in the centre of Douglas. There will be over 125 real ales, ciders and perries served from bars in two different rooms. As well as beers from all over the British Isles there will be 20 from the Island ??s four breweries, including the new Hooded Ram microbrewery winner of the 2014 beer of the festival award. For those who like music, top local bands will be playing from Friday lunch time in the main Royal Hall until close of day, then again on Saturday. Good food is available at lunchtimes and in the evenings. While on the Island there is the opportunity to explore the numerous real ale pubs using the Islands unique railways. Rail Ale is a guide put together by Isle of Man Railways in conjunction with CAMRA. It lists 9 Good Beer Guide listed pubs in the north served by the electric railway and 12 in the south served by the steam railway, which still runs with original locomotives and carriages from when it was opened in 1874. Tickets available from www.villagaiety.com, Villa Marina,, Douglas, http://www.iombeerfestival.com.
Dates: Friday 24 April 2015 - Saturday 02 May 2015
Description: The Guild. Manx Music speech and Dance. The Islands premier celebration of Drama, Music and Dance.. Villa Marina, Harris Promenade, Douglas, 01624600555 http://www.villagaiety.com.
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Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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Allan B Gill, Paperback, 08 December, 1999
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