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“A lot to see” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Peel Castle

Peel Castle
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Peel
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Owner description: Situated on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was originally a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot – an 11th century Viking King of Mann.The castle’s curtain wall encircles the ruins of many buildings which are a testimony to the site’s religious and secular importance in the Isle of Man's history.Visit St Patrick’s Church and the Round Tower which date back to the 10th and 11th centuries and step underground into the atmospheric crypt of the 13th century Cathedral of St German.You’ll have the opportunity to stroll the castle’s extensive grounds and climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower where you can enjoy panoramic views of Peel and beyond as well as entering the 16th century Great Garrison Hall.And look out for the Moddey Dhoo – a ghostly apparition of a black dog which is said to haunt the castle!Peel Castle remained a royal residence and centre of government for more than 200 years until power moved south to the Medieval fortress of Castle Rushen.
Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A lot to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

The site is a lot bigger than we had anticipated, but very interesting. There is a recorded commentary, which you program numbers shown on posts around the site into a hand held speaker to hear, but this did seem to drag and get a little boring. We actually didn't have time to see the whole site, but still spent the best part of 90 minutes here.

Visited September 2013
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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Good for children”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Peel Castle is great for children as there is so much space between walls and lots of grassy banks so they can run around and enact their own battles! The site is all ruins so hard for them to use the audio guides but if they have imagination its great! No amenities on site.

Visited August 2013
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east anglia
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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Could have stayed all day....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

English Heritage members get in free...wonderful historical castle in a beautiful setting overlooking the harbour, the sea and the town. They provided hand held gadgets for commentary so you can take as long or as little time as you want. Lots of seating within the castle grounds so you can sit and listen to the commentary and then "do the walk" - amazing views - you can just feel the history - they had set up for a wedding in the old chapel (lucky people such a unique setting). We were very lucky with the weather so we stayed for quite a long time just "taking it all in".

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A big site full of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

A big site with lots of walls and buildings dating over the last 800 years. hand-held audio guide takes you through each part of site and explains what it is all about. Fascinating history and amassing what has survived.

Visited August 2013
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Cannock, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very scenic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Really enjoyed the views and scenery. The actual castle is all ruins so you need imagination and a love of history to enjoy the audio guide. Do it once but not the kind of place you would keep going back to. Nice to walk round the castle from the steps up off the little beach and path goes right round and out into harbour. National Trust members free

Visited July 2013
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