Centre for WW1 Internment at Knockaloe

Type:Heritage / Visitor Centre

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Centre for WW1 Internment at Knockaloe

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The Centre for WW1 Internment tells the story of the Knockaloe Internment Camp, its guards and 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 Villiage, near Peel, in the west of the Isle of Man, the area was the site of the largest ever WW1 Internment Camp and was central to the British Government's Enemy Alien Policy.

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

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.

Database: 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.

The Charity would love to hear stories from descendants of Knockaloe internees or guards. If you are a Knockaloe descendant please contact our research team before visiting on info@knockaloe.im to ensure that advance research can be carried out prior to a visit and that Trustee and lead researcher, Alison Jones, can be there personally to meet you during your visit and find out what is available about your family story.

The Research Room is open to descendants by appointment all year round, please E-mail info@knockaloe.im for further information.

Entrance fee

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.

Groups : For commercially organised groups where visitors are paying an overall fee for their trip and/or guide, there is a charge of £4 per person, payable by the tour operator/coach driver/guide before or upon arrival. A discount of 10% is offered for parties of 12 or more.  

The Knockaloe Charitable Trust

Registered 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.

Groups : For commercially organised groups where visitors are paying an overall fee for their trip and/or guide, there is a charge of £5 per person, payable by the tour operator/coach driver/guide before or upon arrival. A discount of 20% is offered for local community groups. For further information please E-mail info@knockaloe.im

Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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 info@knockaloe.im for further information.

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties - For large parties it is advisable to let us know in advance please E-mail info@knockaloe.im
  • Available for wedding receptions - The Community Room is available for private hire for further information please contact info@knockaloe.im
  • 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 info@knockaloe.im
  • 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 info@knockaloe.im 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 info@knockaloe.im for further details and to discuss availability.
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Awards

  • AccoladesUNESCO Biosphere Partner UNESCO Biosphere Partner 2021

Opening Times

2022 Opening times - Full exhibition: Wednesday to Saturday (10am-5pm) (29 May 2022 - 25 Sept 2022)

* Please note that descendants and pre-booked groups can visit the exhibition by appointment from 1st April 2021 until 25th September 2021

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The Centre for WW1 Internment is located in 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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