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Peel Castle

+44 1624 648000
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a great place to explore - when the sun is out

The origins of this impressive fortress/castle go back to the 11th century. With the entrance... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2016
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Great for history lovers

Enjoyed a great couple of hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it it was quite easy to get round and... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2016
Heather S
Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 19 July 2016

The origins of this impressive fortress/castle go back to the 11th century. With the entrance ticket comes a handheld audio guide that explains each of the many structures. In clear weather, the Irish coastline can be seen in the distance.

Thank Paul298570
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Enjoyed a great couple of hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it it was quite easy to get round and plenty of information

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is spectacular site featuring castle and cathedral/church ruins on a beautiful small peninsula/island. Great views over the sea, coast, and Isle of Man hills. The inclusive audio guide is very informative.

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This is one of the best and interesting castle I have been in, worth at least half a day for a visit. Something for everyone. It is worth going to the flag tower.

Thank 694Lola694
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Peel Castle is a fascinating ruin with beautifully maintained grounds. There are lots of nooks and crannies to explore, and the audio guide is very informative. The 14th century barrel vaulted crypt is amazing. Highly recommended.

Thank Kate M
Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a ruin, but you can see clearly how everything was set out. You are given a device to use that tells you about each part (numbered) My 83 year old mother managed hers well and you don't have to do things in order....More

Thank MimE6715
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Well presented with an audio commentary available. Lovely setting, well worth a visit . Free for English heritage members

Thank steeleStaffs
Reviewed 6 July 2016

Well worth a visit, using the Manx Heritage pass giving entrance to museums and heritage sites the ruin castle is a must. all around the castle are numbered marker posts 36 or 37) when entering you are offered an eletronic recorder dial in the number...More

Thank JARK228
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Peel Castle is a magnificent ruin, situated in a stunning location overlooking Peel harbour and town centre. There is steps up to the entrance of the castle and then once I got in I realised there was a grassy hill and more steps but this...More

Thank lovetotravel1704
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Others have mentioned the free commentary and the dog friendly nature [there is a tap and dish for dogs by the entry kiosk]. They have also mentioned the views. Whilst we were there the kiosk accepted both English heritage and National Trust. Once inside we...More

Thank rOCHJA
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