The Tynwald Library

The Tynwald Library, Douglas

The Tynwald Library
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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Take a free guided tour of the historic Tynwald Chambers, the national parliament of the Isle of Man and the oldest continuous parliament in the world! The tour encompasses the three chambers of Tynwald: the House of Keys, the Legislative Council and the Court of Tynwald. While on the tour, you'll learn the history of the Isle of Man's political system and how it came into existence as well as the history of these landmark buildings. The tours last approximately 1:30 to 2 hours and commence on Mondays at 2:00pm and Fridays at 11:00am. Tours at other times may be possible, call ahead to check availability.
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1-2 hours
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MsAnnie G
Suffolk143 contributions
Quite interesting if a little long winded
Sep 2021
New to the island we hoped to get an insight to the way it's run, we did get that but probably rather more detail than we needed. I wouldn't say that as English visitors we felt unwelcome but certainly the staunchly independent Manx politics did give us a slight feeling of antipathy. The building itself isn't really spectacular if you've ever been into other seats of power, but if island politics is your thing, it's worth a look.
Written September 24, 2021
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keithabrown
Sawbridgeworth46 contributions
Extremely Interesting & Informative Tour.
Sep 2019
My wife and I enjoyed a lengthy and informative free guided tour around the Legislative Buildings. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and it was fascinating to hear of the development of government on the Isle of Man from the very earliest times up till the present day.
Written September 14, 2019
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Martin (Isle of Man)
Douglas, UK16 contributions
Good range of uniquely Manx souvenirs
Jul 2019 • Family
This little shop is in the entrance to the Legislative Buildings - as well as serving as the reference library for the Manx Parliament they also have a range of very unique and high quality souvenirs
Written July 7, 2019
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Plumridge2014
London, UK14 contributions
Take Advantage of the Tour
Jun 2019 • Family
It's worth coming on Monday afternoons (2pm) or Friday mornings (10am) for the very informative tour of the Tynwald with a qualified and experienced guide. You get to see into the IOM equivalent of the Houses of Commons and Lords, and discover just how independent the island's governance is from mainland introspection and interference.
Written July 2, 2019
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Simon
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Excellent tour
Jun 2019 • Couples
This free tour of the Tynwald government building is really interesting. The rooms are stunning (it was the former head office of a bank). Our charming guide (David) was very knowledgeable, clearly loved his job and the IOM. During the summer they've added a tour on Wednesday at 2pm.
Written June 13, 2019
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Joanne L
Huddersfield, UK543 contributions
Guide tour is very good
May 2019 • Friends
They do a guided tour a 14.00 on a Monday. The tour lasts just over an hour depending on how many of you there are and how many questions you ask! You visit each of the chambers and the lady provided a potted history of each part of the government. Very interesting and informative.
Written May 20, 2019
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WaltR
Devon, UK1,392 contributions
Not to be missed
Jun 2018 • Couples
Can I start by saying that the heading is a bit misleading as it's not just the library you visit but the parliament itself. Having visited parliaments in the UK, Canada and Budapest we were interested to learn how this one stood. This parliament (Tynwald) is the oldest in the world with an unbroken existence. Our guide, an employee rather than just a guide, was very knowlegeable, only too happy to answer any questions and made the whole tour really worthwhile. Scheduled to last an hour it actually took two hours but perhaps that was because of questions visitors raised about how Brexit would affect the island!! For anyone interested in the history and culture of the island, this tour should be added to your "to do "list.
Written December 29, 2018
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Paul C
Ipswich, UK45 contributions
Backstage tour of the parliament's workings
Sep 2018 • Couples
Really worthwhile (& free) morning spent seeing & hearing about the workings of the Manx Parliamentary system - make sure you know when it's open & book up just in case
Written October 11, 2018
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generator5000
County Cork, Ireland3,889 contributions
Oldest continuous parliament in the world.
Oct 2018 • Solo
As a bit of a history nerd this was on my itinerary but because I was in Douglas off season on a day that doesn't do tours, I chanced my arm and asked one of the very nice ladies at reception could I just have a quick look at the legislative chambers which one lady kindly obliged giving me a very quick in/out tour of the three chambers.

As one of oldest parliaments in the world and the oldest in continuous use, it's certainly worth a visit.
Written October 9, 2018
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK2,637 contributions
The oldest Parliament in the world...
Aug 2018 • Solo
Tynwald is the Viking name for a parliament and the Vikings established a Tynwald on the Isle of Man over one thousand years ago. It is the oldest Parliament in the world with an unbroken existence.

Originally there were several meeting places around the island but they eventually settled on Tynwald Hill at St John’s. The Members of The House of Keys still meet there every 5th July to read out laws passed in the last twelve months. The rest of the time they meet in the splendid Tynwald building in Douglas. Members meet every Tuesday and members of the public can attend meetings.

The free tours are run twice a week These last about an hour and take you into the House of Keys, Legislative Chamber and the Tynwald Chamber. The guide was knowledgeable and explained the history of Tynwald and how government works on the Isle of Man. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions. For anyone interested in the history and culture of the island, this is a must.
Written September 2, 2018
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