Follow in the footsteps of Christian missionaries, kings and Viking warriors to the impressive ancient fortress and site of religious importance.
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 Manx 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.
Opening Times and Admissions
Peel Castle is open daily from March to November.
- Between 28th March and 29th May 2015 open daily from 10am to 4pm
- Between 30th May and 8th September 2015 open daily from 10am to 5pm
- Between 9th September 2015 and 1st November 2015 open daily from 10am to 4pm
Admission costs £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
You can also purchase a Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass which allows you to discover all of the Isle of Man's most fascinating heritage sites from the world's largest working waterwheel to castles to cottages, museums and historic homes. The Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and are valid for 14 days from the first date of use.
Peel Castle does not have its own car park but a drop off point is located outside the main entrance and there is a public car park a short walk away.
Disabled access is extremely limited.
Location and Contact
Peel Castle, West Quay, Peel, IM5 1TB.
For more information telephone 01624 648000 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.