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“History comes to life”
Review of Peel Castle

Peel Castle
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Peel
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“History comes to life”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 via mobile

Beautiful day so clear views from all angles. Free entry for National Trust members. Audio guide very informative. Helpful staff.

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York, United Kingdom
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“Well worth it”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Informative audio guide, great views, friendly staff, free for National Trust members, easy parking, plenty of castle left to see. Overall very good

Visited August 2014
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“An excellent castle; information not good.”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

A visit to the castle includes a free audio guide, which links to the audio-visuals at the House of Mannan. I eventually grew to hate them.

Far to slow and ponderous. I would have preferred traditional information boards that I could have read at my own speed.

I still enjoyed visiting the castle; I just stopped using the audio guide!

Visited August 2014
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St Andrews, United Kingdom
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“Great castle!”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

It was a drizzly day when we visited Peel and the castle. Found the hand information sets very informative and easy to use at your own pace. Loved wandering around the castle. Great views!

Visited July 2014
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Prudhoe, United Kingdom
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“Step back into Manx history”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

This is a great visit and well worth taking time to look around. We were given audio packs on arrival and marker posts around the site allowed us to find out more of the history...very well done. In addition to the recorded and visual history, the views from the castle site are fabulous looking out over the sea, harbour and the town. Holders of National Trust cards get in for free. Very highly recommended

Visited August 2014
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