This four-tiered hill is one of the Island’s most distinctive landmarks and a signal of the Isle of Man’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency.
Tynwald Hill, which is located in St Johns, plays host to an open air meeting of the Island’s parliament, Tynwald, once a year.
The hill, which measures around 72 feet high, is thought to be made from piles of stones bonded together with soil from all of the Island’s 17 ancient parishes.
It is believed that the open air ceremony, which takes place on July 5th, was established by Norse Viking settlers over a thousand years ago with the hill thought to have been built in the 13th century.
Ancient graves have been also uncovered near the hill and a temple dedicated to the Norse god Thor was found near to the site of St John’s Church.
If you visit Tynwald Hill on the Manx National Day you’ll observe a reading of the summary of laws that have been passed throughout the year in both English an Manx. On this day only local residents may also request a petition for redress of grievance to the Tynwald Court.
Following the formal aspect you’ll enjoy a festival style atmosphere with stalls, entertainment and amusements.
Opening Times & Admission
Tynwald Hill is located in St Johns between Peel and Douglas.
Admission is free.
Tynwald Day – the Manx National Day – is a bank holiday in the Isle of Man and takes place on July 5th.
Parking is limited.
Location and Contact
Tynwald Hill, Main Road, St Johns.
For more information telephone 01624 685520 or visit www.tynwald.org.im.