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Peel Castle

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Situated on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was originally a place of...

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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Great place to visit, especially when the sun is shining, great history and interesting to see. Worth a look...

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit, especially when the sun is shining, great history and interesting to see. Worth a look...

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

It was a wet windy day, so we did not spend a lot of time. The view is great and it is worth visiting, especially since it was free when we went.

Thank Kieran P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

We visited Peel Castle in the off season. While we couldn't go in because it was closed it was worth the visit and I recommend it if you find yourself on the Isle of Man. You can walk around the fortress and collect seashells on the adjacent beach. I also recommend hiking up the hill next to the castle for... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

There is nothing wrong with Peel Castle but I've seen so many ruined castles now that frankly I'm a bit bored with them. However it's more impressive than the cathedral!

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful visit we did, it takes time but at the end in turns to be very interesting and you learn a lot about this place of the island. Traditions, history, the electronic guide is very helpful. People are welcoming and that's something which makes you want to come back next year

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Walked around the outside of this castle. From the beach to the cafe by the harbour. Great views. Lots to look at. Great for young children to see a bit of real history. Might not be pleasant on a windy and rainy day though! Recommend a visit on a dry day.

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Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

great audio tour and terrific site. I had not appreciated this site had such a fascinating history. There are great views on all sides. Recommended.

Thank Bob C
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

i enjoyed my visit to peel castle more than i expected. included in the entrance fee was some tape recordings tha you could hear all the adventures the castle had seen. There are spectacular views on a clear day.

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Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We turned up a bit by accident - having visited Peel we walked to the castle entrance expecting it to be free but then got in conversation with the lovely chap at the kiosk. His demeanour suggested that he hadn't talked to many people that day so we felt obliged to hand over the £5 each, take the audio guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely walk around the outside can be enjoyed without having to pay entrance fee but we'll worth paying to look inside. Great audio tour is available. A multi entrance ticket can be bought to combine with the house of Mannanan which is great. Outside theatre often staged in the summer -makes a fabulous venue but wrap up warm

Thank Tracey R

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