House of Manannan
House of Manannan
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Mythical sea god Manannan guides you through this interactive museum which focuses on the Isle of Man's rich Celtic, Viking and maritime past. Discover life sized reconstructions of Celtic roundhouses, join the crew of the Odin’s Raven on a Viking longship as it returns from the battle of Clontarf, or find out what life was life in a Viking longhouse. You’ll also hear about the magnificent stone crosses dotted around the Island’s landscape and find out where you can still see them. Explore 19th Century Peel with a walk around the quayside, complete with traditional sights and smells from the Manx kipper yard, and uncover the importance of the sea to the lives of the people on the Isle of Man. During your journey from past to present you’ll also come face to face with characters telling you stories and superstitions from the Island’s past. An attraction not to be missed!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • N H
    Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom4,415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Island history
    A good place to spend a wet afternoon, lots of interactive displays with good historic info on them. There’s also finds from archaeological digs on the island and from inside the castle. The displays are of the different periods of island history and of island life. The replica longboat is a good, must see exhibit with a great story.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • kim B
    Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom272 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very detailed exhibition.
    Didn't really do this museum justice, we had been to Peel castle and as we had a visitor pass for the heritage sites popped in for a quick look round, too much of interest to get it done quick. Very well laid out, scenes set up so you can see exactly what it would have been like to live in those times, could have stayed much longer than we did give yourself plenty of time for a proper look round. Glad we went though.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • nessief
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,425 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    This was our third visit and I still haven't seen everything in detail. Very good tableau exhibitions and plenty of good interactive displays. Very friendly and helpful staff. My only criticism is that Manx heritage sites close so early, even in the main holiday season. Peel Castle closes at 3! I know all heritage sites rely heavily on volunteers but It's very restricting
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Tris1976
    Birmingham, United Kingdom485 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arguably the most important heritage site to visit on the Isle of Man to find out about its past
    Of all the heritage sites to visit on the Isle of Man, I would say this is the most important. It tells the island's complete history, from the arrival of the Celts and the Vikings, the struggles of the various kings from England, Scotland and Scandanavia and right through its nautical past, via 19th Century Peel and sail-makers, to the Steam Packet ferry company and the famous Manx kippers. There are great chances to dress up as vikings and kings, see a Viking longboat and hear of the Story of Mannm and see video scenes. This takes around two hours but is completely enlightening and well worth a visit. 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 Peel Castle, Cragneash, the Laxey Wheel, Rushen Abbey, Grove Museum and Castle Rushen.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Max H
    Macclesfield, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience
    This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Our 11 year old who is certainly not a fan of museums also had a great time! A wonderful introduction to the history of the island with fantastic exhibits and videos presented in a fully engaging way (the longboat and story behind it was a particular personal favourite). Very friendly staff too and definitely a recommendation to learn more about the island in a fun way. Many thanks!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • EzzyP
    Dorset, United Kingdom104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really immersive & informative- wet day fun
    Really immersive & informative had no preconception so on a rainy afternoon we popped in and were very pleasantly surprised. If you're a national trust member it's free as included in your membership so even better. Loved the interactive displays brings history to life. Well done everyone hard work much appreciated
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Howard J
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a rainy day
    Great indoor museum to visit on a rainy day. Lots of information on the history and culture of the Isle of man. Can easily spend a few hours viewing the recreations of life and history of the people who have lived on the island.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 September 2023
  • mystic100
    258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to find out about the islands history
    Great place to find out about the islands history. Everything is laid out in a very informative and interesting way with number of great interactive displays. The ladies at the ticket kiosk were particularly friendly and welcoming
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2024
  • Wendz11
    Birmingham, United Kingdom139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Well worth a visit. House of Manannan is very interesting, It is a must on a visit to Peel. It has a small tearoom, lifts to all the levels and plenty of toilets on each level. I wish I could have spent more time in here. I did not see everything as it was time to return to our coach. Very knowledgeable staff.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2024
  • David T
    Doncaster, United Kingdom118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History lesson of Isle of Man
    Visited this museum for the first time (been to IOM many times) whilst on a coach trip to IOM. Very impressed with all the displays and information about the history of the IOM. Only allowed 90 minutes to see all exhibits and will revisit if in Peel again. Particularly liked the video presentations and the model of the round house. Well worth a couple of hours if you are interested in history of island. Slight minor point - small Cafe unable to accommodate many customers.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 May 2024
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@ LoveTravel789951
Cheshire, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Absolutely love this museum!! Been numerous times but I still enjoy going. This time I took my mum with me who was visiting the island for the first time. Whilst you pay for entrance to this museum unlike the Manx museum, it is well worth every penny. The staff are wonderful, so knowledgeable and friendly every time. The museum offers interactive things to do for children, no matter how young. Lots to see in a reality kind of way and the story of Manannan is told through a series of film. Highly recommend!
Written 24 June 2022
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Richard S
St Peter Port, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Our National Trust membership allowed us free admission to the museum was an unexpected bonus, but overall the museum was one of the best I've ever visited. The displays bring to life the history of the island and the whole experience is captivating and imaginatively put together. If you only visit one attraction on the Isle of Man, this should be it!
Written 29 August 2020
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_jackiebeadell
Guildford, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Using a central character to take you through the history of the Isle of Man is a brilliant idea. Interesting for all ages. You could spend several hours within its walls, if you read everything, or simply listen and watch all of the screens and 'sets'. Beautifully done.
Written 16 September 2021
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McCharlie1
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Been many times before always makes a good day out.
Displays are beautiful and amazing entertainment, kids and adults will throughly enjoy.
So much to learn about the history of the Isle of Man, staff are very friendly, it’s also very big.
There’s even long houses and round houses, definitely worth a visit.
Written 18 January 2020
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JakeCox
Cardiff, UK73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
On a cultural day out during my trip to the Isle of Man I visited here with my partner and her parents (resident Manx).

I found the museum to be a wonderful place with an extensive and engaging array of exhibits covering all aspects of the isle's rich history.

There's so much to see, I really enjoyed my visit and will have to go again as there's simply too much information for just one visit. I can see why even people who live nearby make this a frequent trip. Really good. Thank you.
Written 4 October 2022
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andy M
Stamford, UK305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The house of Manannon is not your usual museum, I was pleasantly surprised by the content in each room.

The history of the Isle of Man story is told through displays that are reconstructions of buildings used in the Isle of Man over the centuries, plus artifacts and interactive audio-visual clips and in some cases the associated smells.

The only downside was that there is so much audio content that sometimes you can also hear the commentaries from the other displays.

There is a small, free car park behind the museum, with an overflow car park close by.
This experience is good value for money.
Written 30 August 2021
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IOMtravelgirl
Douglas, UK591 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Peel is a lovely, small town with an impressive museum . It tells the Viking history of the Isle of Man through stories. Great for adults and children. It also has some later history about the fishing industry and the Steam Packet. Multi sensory and fascinating. What a great little place.
Written 11 September 2020
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MsAnnie G
Suffolk130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Can't praise this place highly enough - so very interesting, a great mix of artefacts and dioramas bring history to life. The Odin's Raven display is breathtaking, loved the roundhouse, street scene and the activites for kids, the short films were well worth watching. The cafe was also super, cheapest tea in town and nice staff. Unmissable.
Written 24 September 2021
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kim B
Burton upon Trent, UK272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Didn't really do this museum justice, we had been to Peel castle and as we had a visitor pass for the heritage sites popped in for a quick look round, too much of interest to get it done quick. Very well laid out, scenes set up so you can see exactly what it would have been like to live in those times, could have stayed much longer than we did give yourself plenty of time for a proper look round. Glad we went though.
Written 29 July 2023
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Crien W
Ghent, Belgium1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We were on the Isle of Man (visiting from Flanders /Belgium) for 3 full days and I’m sooooo glad we decided to visit this museum ! I’ve been to a lot of museums but this is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Great interaction between visitor and museum. Eg a reconstructed ‘house’ brings you to the history of the island as if you had been there yourself.
They also use smells to bring you deeper into the museum experience. Loved it !!!
I recommend to combine the museum with a visit to the ruins of Peel Castle.
Written 16 July 2023
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