Peel Castle

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Peel Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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William R
Dunstable, UK206 contributions
Imposing
Oct 2021 • Couples
A great shame that it was closed due to covid, but we had a nice walk around the castle and docks that was interesting. Shame that was all.
Written November 28, 2021
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MsAnnie G
Suffolk143 contributions
Stunning location
Sep 2021
Our B &B accommodation looked out on the castle so we just had to visit. Lots of warnings about rabbit holes! (Poor rabbits, I guess their days are numbered). But anyone not wearing sensible shoes can't complain, it's hilly, uneven, there are umps of buildings and steps -it's a ruined castle! We didn't buy a guide book and the audio tours weren't available under Covid rules, so we just wandered about, and still enjoyed the evocative ruins. We happened to be there on a day when a wedding was taking place, so there was a piper playing which was so beautiful, the managers maybe could consider hiring him more often.
Written September 24, 2021
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vala4384
31 contributions
Lovely views
Sep 2021
Spent an interesting hour or so wandering around this ruined castle. Lovely views around Peel.
Unfortunately due to Covid, we were notable to use the audio device, so although areas around the castle were numbered we had nothing to refer to, so missed out on learning about the site. We could have purchased a visitor guide but did not want to.
Perhaps a few well placed information boards would help.
Written September 6, 2021
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andy M
Stamford, UK308 contributions
More than a ruin
Aug 2021
To appreciate the history of the castle you need to use the audio guide. This was not available due to Covid precautions; however, I found a full transcript on the internet that I could use, whilst walking around.

Each part of the castle is numbered to match the audio guide and some of the building have labels.

The castle is a short walk from the free car park at the house of Manannon, if you are visiting both places.
Written August 30, 2021
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Nicholas D
Larne, UK871 contributions
A Must See!
Aug 2021
Peel Castle is a must see for anyone visiting the Isle of Man. It's historic castle is magnificent in stature, the surrounding area is beautiful, there are plenty of hill trails you can walk near it, there is a beach in its vicinity and it is less than a five mintue walk to the town centre comforts of cafes and restaurants. The hill walk will provide you with some incredible panoramic views of the castle and the town of Peel and within the Peel Castle grounds you can explore the old stone structures of the Round Tower, Chapel, Gallery and really get a good feel of how it was for knights guarding those castle walls from invaders from the sea.
Written August 21, 2021
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HUNTINGPARTY
Sevenoaks, UK490 contributions
Windswept
Jul 2021
Enjoyed rambling through and around the castle grounds. Although a ruin there is still a lot to see and enough remains to give a good feel for the place.
Having already seen the pagan lady in the Manx museum it was interesting to see the actual site where she was buried.
The views out to sea are super and you can probably see land on a clear day.
The guide booklet you can buy (£3) is very informative.
Written August 2, 2021
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Michael C
Derby, UK1,909 contributions
Historic castle
Jul 2021
We had a very enjoyable visit to Peel Castle. There are lots of well-preserved ruins , most of which have great historic importance to the Island. The guide/attendant was very helpful with his comments and advice. Well worth a visit if you are interested in history.
Written July 21, 2021
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OldieEastMidlands
East Midlands495 contributions
Extensive walls
Jul 2021
A good place to visit on a dry day, there is no shelter if it’s wet. The castle is much bigger than it appears when approaching from the harbour. The curtain wall is ruined, but gives you a good idea of it’s defensive role. The views are lovely in all directions. There is also the old cathedral, also a ruin. Good to look for seals , but the gulls might dive bomb you. It’s free entry with a Manx heritage pass.
Written July 15, 2021
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Stuart R
Hincaster, UK34 contributions
Great history and lovely area.
Jul 2021
The castle itself is as you’d expect. A great afternoon to walk around and soak in the history. You also have the added bonus of seals swimming around the perimeter every time we’ve been there and the fantastic crab baps and coffee at the stall on the quay side. Well worth a visit.
Written July 10, 2021
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IOMtravelgirl
Douglas, UK525 contributions
Inside the castle
Sep 2020 • Couples
Even though it is in ruins it is nice to go inside and imagine how it was on Viking days. I recommend the Manx heritage pass for visitors as you will get a good deal if you want to visit several sites. Great views from the castle inside and out.
Written September 10, 2020
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