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    See the seals

    by Ellie22 Updated Feb 24, 2014

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    You can often see seals in and around Peel harbour. One of the best places to see them is at the edge of the harbour, walk down past the castle and keep going past the lifeboat station. There is a snack bar here that has some tables and chairs set up, so you can have a rest, enjoy a coffee and watch the harbour goings on.

    There are also steps here which you can go up to look over the harbour wall (where you may also see a basking shark) lots of people fish off the harbour wall aswell.

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    Moore's Traditonal Museum (Kipper Factory)

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 23, 2014

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    The Island, particularly Peel, has a long history of herring curing and Moore's Kipper factory was established in 1884. The factory took herring straight from the boats moored in the harbour and processed the fish as fast as they could. At one time over 150 people worked in the factory, producing tons of kippers a day. After they are cut the fish are soaked in salt and placed on racks which are hung in large chimneys to be smoked. Today, the factory continues this tradition to produce "real Manx Kippers", which are still smoked with oak and wood chips in the original chimneys.

    Tours (about half and hour) are available from May to September, Monday to Saturday at 3:30 pm and take you through all of the kipper making process and you get to see the factory working and the kippers being produced. It may be best to ring to check times/availability of the tours, especially if your a big group as you may need to book. They also have a shop next to the factory which doesn't just sell kippers, they also sell smoked bacon ( highly recommended :) ) and a range of fresh seafood.

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    The Leece Museum

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014

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    The Leece Museum is dedicated to the history of the town of Peel and houses artefacts, photographs and documents which specifically relate to Peel. The museum tells the story of the town including documents, records, photographs, models and artefacts relating to the boats and crew that operated from Peel. The museum has kept many of its original features including the Black Hole prison cell, where the town’s criminals were kept.

    The museum also looks at the Prisoner of War Camps that were built during the First and Second World Wars, as some of the internees held tried to escape and there is written documents and artefacts from both camps including hand made items and ration books.

    It is open all year from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. In the summer the museum is also open on Sundays between 12pm and 4pm. Admission is free.

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    Peel Castle

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014

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    Situated on St Patrick’s Isle, Peel Castle was originally a place of worship before becoming an 11th century Viking fort. The Castle remained a royal residence and the centre of the island’s government for 200 years until it moved to Castle Rushen. A lot of the site is now rubble and some is gone completely but there is still lots to see as you wander around the site and the audio guide and signs explain what was once there (they are very helpful and descriptive, painting a vivid picture of the site).

    You can walk all around and through the castles extensive grounds and climb to the top of the gatehouse tower where you can enjoy the view over Peel. You can see St Patrick’s church and the round tower which date back to the 11th century, step underground into the crypt and enter the Great Garrison Hall (16th century). Watch out for the Moddey Dhoo the ghost of a black dog which is said to haunt the castle.

    N.B the crypt has very narrow steps, other areas have wider and less steep steps. There are toilets at the edge of the grounds.

    Open 10am - 4pm at weekends in February and March and 10am – 4pm daily April to November with extended hours of 10 – 5pm for the summer season.

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    The Manx Transport Heritage Museum

    by Ellie22 Written Feb 22, 2014

    The Manx Transport Heritage Museum is small (60 square metres in size) but still informative with a wealth of exhibits, including models, exhibits, photographs and unique artefacts which show the varying modes of transport used on the Island over the decades. There’s a model train and railway, memorabilia from the ferries, buses and motoring world and a P50 (the smallest car in the world) which was manufactured in Peel in the 1960s, just 300 yards away from the museum. The Museum is open from Easter to September on Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and on Sundays and Bank holidays from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is free.

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    House of Manannan

    by Ellie22 Updated Feb 22, 2014

    The House of Manannan in Peel is an absolutely fantastic museum, which uses state of the art display techniques, room settings and interactive exhibits to take you on an interactive and exciting journey through the Island’s history.

    It starts with a welcome from sea god Manannan in a video presentation and then you walk through the museum from room to room (it has a great flow as you go from the islands beginnings back to nowadays as you go through the rooms – there is only really 1 route). You can see life sized reconstructions of Celtic roundhouses, join the crew of the Odin’s Raven on a Viking longship and find out what life was life in a Viking longhouse. You’ll also hear about the magnificent stone crosses dotted around the Island’s and explore 19th Century Peel with a walk around the quayside (done as it would be – all the rooms and corridors have scenes and settings), complete with traditional sights and smells from the Manx kipper yard, and uncover the importance of the sea to the lives of the people on the Isle of Man (it was all set up as it would have been in the past with old shops that you could go in, kipper chambers, boats and costumed mannequins and you could walk around it all).

    During your journey through the history (from past to present) you’ll also come face to face with characters telling you stories and superstitions from the Island’s past (this bit was fantastic, there were video rooms that were set up with mannequins in costume and scenery and played videos about items in the room which you could select – hear about smuggling, fishing and maritime encounters).

    This is a massive museum and as you’ve probably guessed it is one of my favourite sites on the Island. The Museum is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm and has a fairly large gift shop as well.

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    Buy some Manx kippers

    by GeoV Updated Nov 5, 2010

    For those unfamiliar with that Manx speciality, the kipper, it's a smoked herring and a breakfast delicacy - although here I have to confess I've never got round to trying them at that time of day! Traditionally served with potatoes on the Island, they can also be used for things like kedgerees and you can feel good about eating them because they are a fine source of Omega 3! Peel is a centre for traditional curing and the website attached gives details of the process, its history, recipes, guided tours of the smokery and so on. You can also order them online - and you will be pleased to learn that the vacuum packing process is very effective!
    Update: one of the kippers in the picture has now been used for a kedgeree (using the recipe on the website). Very impressive! - it gives quite a spicy effect and tastes rather different from the same dish made with something like smoked mackerel.

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