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 March 31st and May 31st and September 1st and November 5th the castle is open from 10am to 4pm. Between June 1st and August 31st the castle is open from 10am to 5pm.
Admission costs £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children. A family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children, costs £11.
You can also purchase a combination ticket which allows access to Peel Castle and the House of Manannan. These cost £4.50 for children and £9 for adults. A family ticket costs £22.
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 648017 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.