The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Peel: Address, The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist Reviews: 4/5

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist
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This unique Victorian church has a dual role as Parish Church and National Church, and is notable for its use on Tynwald day as a Court for the Legislature.
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Steve B
London, UK4,915 contributions
Impressive Church in an attractive and historical setting.
Sep 2019
My wife and myself are visiting the Isle of Man as part of a 38-strong Great Rail Journeys Tour Group and earlier today we visited the Chapel of St John en route from Douglas to Peel.

Whilst it was good to have the opportunity to visit such an impressive Church, the surrounding area was also well worth seeing - particularly, as this is where Parliament stages an open air sitting once a year.

As such, I would encourage any other passerby’s to stop and 20-30 minutes enjoying everything the Chapel of St John and the surrounding area has to offer.
Written September 6, 2019
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Janet H
Ellesmere Port, UK799 contributions
The Parish Church of St John the Baptist
Oct 2018 • Couples
We visited this church on our way back from Peel to Douglas. On first site you would think it is just a church but it has a lot of historical importance, Once a year (on 5th July), since the 10th century, the Manx Parliament (Tynwald) sits in the Church - the MP's have their own, named seats. It is a day of great ceremony and pageantry. On the front of the balcony you can see the Tynwald Coat of Arms. Outside the Church is Tynwald Hill which you can climb to the top of. An interesting 30-40 minures.
Written October 25, 2018
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK2,637 contributions
Visit for its history
Aug 2018 • Solo
In some ways there is nothing special about the appearance of the church. It’s significance lies in its function as the Royal Chapel of Tynwald Hill.

Tynwald is the oldest parliament in the world and has met on Tynwald Hill, in the centre of the island, every 5th July since the C10th.

This was traditionally the pagan feast of Midsummer and an early keill (chapel) was built here when Christianity arrived in the C6th. No-one knows when the first chapel was built and the first records are from 1557. The chapel has been rebuilt three times since then and the present building dates from the mid C19th and is a typical Victorian C13th Gothic style building. It still plays an important part in the Tynwald ceremony each year and the day’s proceedings are signed in the church,

The church is open daily and is worth visiting. The chairs for the Bishop and Lieutenant General are in the chancel along with the stalls for Members of the Legislative Council. Members of the House of Keys sit in the crossing. Don’t miss the Tynwald coat of arms on the front of the balcony and the C19th cross in the porch.

Plan to visit on a bright sunny day as the interior of the church is quite dark.
Written September 16, 2018
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,519 contributions
Important historical site
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited as it was getting it's annual face lift before National Day so parts were screened off, but this didn't detract from the history and importance of the property. Interesting to see the seats used by the members of the Tynwald on National Day and then to go outside and walk the avenue they walk on the day. There are some information boards explaining about the IoM parliament and history.

It's actually more interesting than Tynwald Hill itself.
Written July 3, 2018
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CrumpySeaford
Seaford, UK735 contributions
Striking
May 2018 • Couples
The church is a striking centrepiece of Tynwald National Park where each year the Manx Government (Tynwald) carry out their annual Midsummer Court.(convening here rather than in Douglas).
Part of the ceremony is held on the green (Tynwald Hill) and part withing the magnificent church.
Written June 28, 2018
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Rodney M
Hillsborough, UK75 contributions
Amazing
Apr 2018 • Friends
Really loved our visit to the Royal Chruch - Anglican on an island where Methodists are numerous. The church and adjacent Tynwalad make a must see for any visitor with a love of history and scenery.
I would return to spend more time in the area to take in the national park and enjoy the nearby cafe and pub.
Written May 12, 2018
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CrumpySeaford
Seaford, UK735 contributions
Historic
Aug 2017 • Couples
The main significance of St Johns is the association with adjacent Tynwald Hill and all the history that is associated with it.
Written August 10, 2017
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Brian B
Birkenhead, United Kingdom59 contributions
5 Day holiday Visit
Jul 2017 • Solo
I visited on Manx National Day, Wednesday 5th. July. A short service took place for dignitaries and invited guests only, which was relayed onto a big screen. Afterwards the church was open to everyone and is well worth a visit for the beautiful interior.
Written July 12, 2017
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Subwebman
Thornaby on Tees, UK141 contributions
Nothing special
Jun 2017 • Couples
I visited the church in June 2017. The organ was completely covered in plastic sheeting, and I could find no information available about this - which would have been of interest to me.
Written June 22, 2017
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helgre2016
Chelmsford, UK130 contributions
A historical gem a must for any history lover
Apr 2017 • Family
Was amazed how much history was in this small area. It was very well maintained, clean and tidy. History was oozing from every building and monument.
well worth reading up on before arrival so it means more. Loved the standing stones opposite the church.
Written May 4, 2017
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