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Kirk Malew Church

Type:Church / Chapel

Kirk Malew Church


Malew Church is a traditional Manx church that has continued to grow and develop over the years. Located next to the Great Meadow, the church is a bright and welcoming building that has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, down to Castletown and out to sea.

The church is a tranquil building within which you will find beautiful stained glass windows, early religious artefacts and various pieces of art by local artists, including a ceramic and fused glass bowl for the font by local artist Coleen Corlett. Outside, Kirk Malew Church has one of the largest church yards in the island, leading it to become known as 'the Westminster Abbey of the Isle of Man' as it has archives and memorials that attract attention from all corners of the world. These include the ancient Malew Celtic crosses, extensive family histories, and many memorials to famous Manx families, including the Manx hero Illiam Dhone. The Church has also recently installed a new memorial to commemorate those lost in the World Wars.  

During the Pre-TT Races in June and the Southern 100 in July, Malew Church also provides a spectacular vantage point known as the 'Church Bends' where visitors can get an up-close view of the riders as they make their way around the 'S' bend at hair-raising speeds. 

The building is open from 9:30 until dusk everyday (except when during extreme weather).

The Church also has a basic hospitality tray which provides self-serve coffee, tea & biscuits, and walkers are very welcome to eat their packed lunches inside.

There is a guide book to the building on sale written by a local historian, and there is also a free 8 page booklet highlighting 12 features of the building as a self guided trail around Kirk Malew, so you can explore the history of the building and its hidden secrets.  

The building is generally left unattended but everyone is welcome to help themselves – though the reverend and wardens also very happy to meet visitors and show them around, whether that is a quick 15 minute tour, or a longer detailed exploration of the site.



  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Ramp / Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Provider Facilities

  • Group Friendly
  • Toilets
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
Crossag Road, Ballasalla, Isle Of Man, IM9 3EF
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Opening Times

* The Church building is open from 9:30am until dusk everyday (except during extreme weather).

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Situated approximately 8 miles South West of Douglas. Take the A5 out Douglas heading South for 7 miles. Once at the roundabout at the end of the road take the second exit right. At the next roundabout take the first exit left and follow the A7 for 0.7 miles until you reach the crossroads. Turn left at the crossroads and follow the road. The church will be visible on the right, with parking available on the right hand side.

Public Transport Directions

Not easily accessible by public transport, access is by car

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