Peel Castle
Peel Castle
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 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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  • Alan S
    Leeds, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting castle on the west coast...well worth a stop...
    Visited for a walk around. Impressive castle, well presented with lots of information available through the audio tour...included in the ticket price. Very pleasant custodian too. Worth a good hour or so to investigate...
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • N H
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom3,478 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Romantic ruins
    A good audio guide is provided at the entrance for the numbered posts that are dotted around the site. They tell you what went on and what the various buildings were used for. There’s good views of the town, harbour and any boat races that are going on.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 23, 2023
  • kim B
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom267 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ruin.
    Visited on a nice sunny day which was a plus as it is a ruin. It is quite a large site with views all the way round. the only negative is there are no information boards could do with a few dotted round just so you know what you are looking at. There are audio guides but non were available when we visited.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Shruthi
    United Kingdom78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle ruins
    Beautiful location along seaside and enjoyed our visit to the castle with family. The Peel castle ruins are well looked after. Recommend a visit to the castle for a good and relaxing walk to reflect and collect your thoughts and keep kids busy.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Leslie W
    175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really great audio tour, so much to see.
    The audio guide here (free, with headphones) is especially good. Your tour is self-guided, and you can listen to the audio in any order as you wander the ruins and grounds. There's a lot to see here - 1000 years of history and many different uses and occupiers. Lots of open ground to stroll, too.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Tris1976
    Birmingham, United Kingdom265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peel Castle gives great insight into medieval past
    We headed to Peel Castle to take in some Isle of Man medieval history. We had been there seven years ago but had forgotten most of it. Almost all of it is outdoors so make sure you choose a sunny (or at least a dry) day for this attraction. In some places you visit, there is a lot of reading so I love an audio tour when there is one available and there is here. You stand at each point and the commentary outlines what you are looking at. As well as the amazing architecture, there are also some stunning views of the town, harbour and surrounding area. Allow yourself around an hour and a half for Peel Castle. If you are staying on the island for a few days, it is worth getting the heritage holiday pass which is £30 per adult for ten sites (children go free). You then have 14 days to visit the different attractions, which include the Laxey Wheel, Grove Museum, Rushen Abbey, Castle Rushen, The House of Manannan and Cragneash (Cragneish).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Iain A
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom643 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk around the walls
    Had a walk around the outer walls of this attraction and was a nice way to spend half an hour. Some steps and narrow walkways, but the views made it worthwhile. A decent walk as an alternative to visiting the interior of the castle.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • EzzyP
    Dorset, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Helpful friendly member of staff - informative audio guide
    Helpful friendly welcome on arrival at entrance kiosk much - appreciated restored our faith in the Isle of Man tourist destinations! Really informative audio guide so simple to use. Amazing piece of history. Value for money from our national trust membership. Watch out fir black dog! ;)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Howard J
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great with audio guide
    A large mostly outdoor ruin of a castle. We had one of the free audio guide which was excellent and would recommend. Only available in English. Some great views, slightly misty when we visited but could still just see Ireland and Scotland! Free entry for National trust members.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 24, 2023
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andy M
Stamford, UK308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Tris1976
Birmingham, UK265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We headed to Peel Castle to take in some Isle of Man medieval history.

We had been there seven years ago but had forgotten most of it.

Almost all of it is outdoors so make sure you choose a sunny (or at least a dry) day for this attraction.

In some places you visit, there is a lot of reading so I love an audio tour when there is one available and there is here. You stand at each point and the commentary outlines what you are looking at.

As well as the amazing architecture, there are also some stunning views of the town, harbour and surrounding area.

Allow yourself around an hour and a half for Peel Castle.

If you are staying on the island for a few days, it is worth getting the heritage holiday pass which is £30 per adult for ten sites (children go free). You then have 14 days to visit the different attractions, which include the Laxey Wheel, Grove Museum, Rushen Abbey, Castle Rushen, The House of Manannan and Cragneash (Cragneish).
Written August 21, 2023
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MsAnnie G
Suffolk144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Leslie W
175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The audio guide here (free, with headphones) is especially good. Your tour is self-guided, and you can listen to the audio in any order as you wander the ruins and grounds. There's a lot to see here - 1000 years of history and many different uses and occupiers. Lots of open ground to stroll, too.
Written August 12, 2023
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manxseasider
Ramsey, UK354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Visited whilst on a staycation in nearby Patrick, with 3 of our grandchildren. We knew that the youngsters wouldn’t be overly enthralled with the history, but it was a great setting for them to explore and run off some of their excessive energy. It is a surprisingly large site and offers some exceptional views back into Peel.
I noticed some other families had come prepared for a picnic, which would seem a great fair weather activity.
The history and atmosphere of the setting are impressive. When I visited previously audio guides were available. Probably still are, but didn’t ask on this occasion as suspected the grandchildren wouldn’t have the patience for that, although they clearly loved the spooky cellar-type rooms in the ruin.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 3, 2020
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Robert W
Cavan, Ireland380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Surprised at first at how intact this castle is. But having walked around the outside I was impressed at the location and how impossible it would have been to penetrate it's defences. Spectacular to view across the beautiful bay, we could not get in as like most things here in the winter it was closed. Will definitely be back in the summer.
Written March 5, 2020
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Nicholas D
Larne, UK1,115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Howard J
Greater Manchester, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
A large mostly outdoor ruin of a castle. We had one of the free audio guide which was excellent and would recommend. Only available in English. Some great views, slightly misty when we visited but could still just see Ireland and Scotland! Free entry for National trust members.
Written September 24, 2023
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N H
Newton Le Willows, UK3,478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A good audio guide is provided at the entrance for the numbered posts that are dotted around the site. They tell you what went on and what the various buildings were used for.
There’s good views of the town, harbour and any boat races that are going on.
Written July 23, 2023
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StuartR
Hincaster, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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