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Knockaloe Centre for WW1 Internment

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

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Knockaloe Centre for WW1 Internment


The Centre for WW1 Internment tells the story of the Knockaloe Internment Camp, its guards, staff and over 30,000 German, Austro-Hungarian and Turkish civilian men who were held as internees behind its barbed wire between 1914 and 1919.

Based in Patrick Village, near Peel, in the west of the Isle of Man, the area was the largest ever WW1 Internment Camp and was central to the British Government's Enemy Alien Policy.

Centre: With audio visual interpretation, many original artefacts from the Internment Camps and a 1:500 interactive scale model of the Camp, find out about what life was like behind the barbed wire of Knockaloe Internment Camp over 100 years ago.

Walk: From the Centre in the Old School (which was the former Courthouse to the Camp), you can explore the site of Knockaloe Camp itself, the graveyard and the 'Garden of Barbed Wire'. The Walk is guided by our free 'App' which can be downloaded from our website in advance to your visit, allowing you to learn about the Camp as part of our walk even when the Centre is closed.

Descendants: Our database collates and retells the stories of all WW1 internees and their families from all WW1 Internment Camps across the British Isles, for future generations. If you are a descendant, please go to our website to see how you can find out more about your internee as part of your visit.

Special Events: As well as our public opening and privately booked visits for descendants and groups, we also have a number of special events and tours throughout the year. Please see our website for details of forthcoming events.

Well behaved, clean dogs on a lead are very welcome within the Centre and on the Walk.

For further information and to make a Group booking or book a Descendant Research Appointment well in advance of your intended visit outside public opening hours, please email

The Knockaloe Charitable Trust is a Registered Isle of Man Charity Number 1272.

Guide Prices

Individuals: Entry to the Centre is FREE however we very much welcome DONATIONS which allow us to cover our ongoing running costs of the Centre, and will allow us to continue to develop it. We suggest a £5 donation per person.

Descendants: If you are a DESCENDANT wishing to find out more why not contact us well in advance of your visit to make a specific research appointment which ensures a researcher is available and advance research can be carried out to help you make the most of your visit. We can also facilitate descendant visits throughout April to September subject to booking 3+month in advance. There is a separate suggested donation to the charity for all research appointments to support its ongoing work.

Groups Visits: We are delighted to welcome pre-booked Groups between April to September, Monday to Saturday: £7pp including complimentary organic tea/“bean to cup” coffee. Of course, Guides and Coach drivers are FOC, with complimentary drinks. For Sunday and out of season visits which require a little logistical juggling - there is an additional £1 per visitor charge to cover the setting up of, and manning the Centre during this out of season period resulting in a total cost of £8pp including complimentary organic tea/“bean to cup” coffee, subject to a minimum cost of £300 per group. One of the team will always be happy to provide a brief introduction around the model upon arrival, or you may prefer your Guide to provide an introduction prior to arrival if you have an Isle of Man Blue Badge Guide accompanying the tour. We are always happy to facilitate whatever you prefer.

For further information and to make a booking please email



  • Accessible toilets
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - The Research Room is open to descendants by appointment all year round, please E-mail for further information.

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties - For large parties it is advisable to let us know in advance please E-mail
  • Available for wedding receptions - The Community Room is available for private hire for further information please contact
  • Dog Friendly
  • Dogs Accepted - Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
  • Event Venue - The Community Room is available for private hire for further information please contact
  • Group Friendly
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction - Walk: From the Centre of the Old School (former Courthouse to the Camp), you can explore the former Camp itself, the graveyard and the 'Garden of Barbed Wire'. The Walk is guided by our free app and map leaflet which can be picked up at the Visitor Centre.
  • Village Location

Target Markets

  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Guided tours for large groups are available if booked in advance please E-mail for further details and to discuss availability.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Guided tours for descendants of Knockaloe internees and guards are available upon request. Please Email for further details and to discuss availability.
Patrick Old School Rooms, Patrick Corner, Patrick Village, IM5 3AL
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  • AccoladesUNESCO Biosphere Partner UNESCO Biosphere Partner 2021

Opening Times

2024 - Centre open to public during July and August: Thursday to Saturday (10am-4.30pm) see website for additional special opening, events talks and tours. (1 July 2024 - 31 Aug 2024)

* Also open by appointment to Descendants and Groups between 1 April and 30 September - contact us well in advance on to check availability.
Entrance fees apply for all commercially guided tours, as well as for pre-booked private visits to cover the Charity’s costs of opening and ongoing development - see Fees section below.

Please note we are unable to open during the following Island events:
TT Senior Race Day - Sat 8 June 2024
IoM Parish Walk - Sat 22 June 2024
Tynwald Day - Tues 5 July 2024
Isle of Man Royal Agricultural Show weekend - Fri & Sat 9-10 August 2024

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Centre for WW1 Internment is located on the junction of the A27 and Patrick Road in Patrick Village on the west of the Island. From Peel follow signs to Glen Maye (A27), from St Johns follow signs to Castletown (A3) then signs to Patrick/Glen Maye (A30). For the location on Google Maps please click here.

There is a car park directly in front of the Visitor Centre, however, please be cautious as the entrance is quite tight.

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