Peel Travel Guide

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  • The Peel P50
    The Peel P50
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  • I did say that it was a small museum
    I did say that it was a small museum
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Peel Things to Do

  • Peel Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly, perhaps, for someone whose passions are history and archaeology, I'm not much into castles. I think it is probably because they are all, ultimately, pretty much of a muchness and, although i find their domestic arrangements interesting, I don't care about their defensive elements. Peel is very unusual, though, because it's not 'just'...

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  • House of Mannanan

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The House of Manannan, named after the Isle of Man’s legendary sea god, Manannan, tells the story of the Isle of Man through audiovisual presentations, with the white-beared Manannan as the guide. As a rule I prefer museums with genuine exhibits to visitor 'experiences' but this was really well done. I was amused as I went in to see the absence of...

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  • Manx Transport Heritage Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As befits the home of the Peel P50, the world’s smallest production car, this is a very small museum indeed (only 60 square metres in size). But despite its diminutive size, there is a wealth of information inside. The prize exhibit is an original Peel P50, manufactured in 1964 at the Peel Engineering factory only 300 yards from the museum, on...

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  • Wildlife

    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...

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  • Town Centre

    Although small, Peel's town centre is a very pleasant place, with older buildings clustering around the narrow lanes leading to the seashore and Victorian and later buildings a little further up the hill. A wander round will repay you not only with lots of independent shops to look at (or go into) but also lots of lovely little cottages, some of...

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  • St Peter's Church

    I was surprised to find these church ruins in Peel centre itself. A small information board gives a little information but I've found out more since. St Peter's was probably built in the mid-1500s (possibly earlier) and was closely linked with the old cathedral of St Germans which is inside the castle walls. In the 1700s, as the old cathedral fell...

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  • Kippers

    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...

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  • Leece Museum

    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...

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  • Moore's Traditional Museum - Kipper...

    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...

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  • Peel castle: so many layers of history.

    Surprisingly, perhaps, for someone whose passions are history and archaeology, I'm not much into castles. I think it is probably because they are all, ultimately, pretty much of a muchness and, although i find their domestic arrangements interesting, I don't care about their defensive elements.Peel is very unusual, though, because it's not 'just' a...

    more
  • Peel Castle: the old cathedral of St...

    Peel now has a new(ish) cathedral church in its centre but the very first cathedral church is inside the walls of Peel castle.St Germans originally dates from the 1000s, a period when the IOM was ruled by Norse kings. It was repaired and renovated at various times over subsequent centuries, most particularly in the early 1300s when the Lords of Man...

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  • St Peter's Church

    I was surprised to find these church ruins in Peel centre itself. A small information board gives a little information but I've found out more since.St Peter's was probably built in the mid-1500s (possibly earlier) and was closely linked with the old cathedral of St Germans which is inside the castle walls. In the 1700s, as the old cathedral fell...

    more
  • Wander around the town centre and...

    Although small, Peel's town centre is a very pleasant place, with older buildings clustering around the narrow lanes leading to the seashore and Victorian and later buildings a little further up the hill.A wander round will repay you not only with lots of independent shops to look at (or go into) but also lots of lovely little cottages, some of...

    more
  • House of Manannan: The Story of Man

    The House of Manannan, named after the Isle of Man’s legendary sea god, Manannan, tells the story of the Isle of Man through audiovisual presentations, with the white-beared Manannan as the guide. As a rule I prefer museums with genuine exhibits to visitor 'experiences' but this was really well done.I was amused as I went in to see the absence of...

    more
  • Centuries of History

    The castle is located on St Patrick’s Isle, so called because legend has it that St Patrick actually visited this tiny island, bringing Christianity. There was certainly a community of monks on the site before Magnus Barefoot, the 11th century Viking King of Mann, built a fortress. Peel Castle was subsequently royal residence and centre of...

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  • Small but perfectly formed

    As befits the home of the Peel P50, the world’s smallest production car, this is a very small museum indeed (only 60 square metres in size). But despite its diminutive size, there is a wealth of information inside. The prize exhibit is an original Peel P50, manufactured in 1964 at the Peel Engineering factory only 300 yards from the museum, on the...

    more
  • See the seals

    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...

    more
  • Moore's Traditonal Museum (Kipper...

    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...

    more
  • The Leece Museum

    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...

    more
  • Peel Castle

    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...

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  • The Manx Transport Heritage Museum

    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...

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Peel Restaurants

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    The Coffee Station: Good for a quick snack

    by SallyM Written Oct 4, 2015

    The Coffee Station, located in part of the former railway station, is next door to the House of Mannanan, and is run by Manx Heritage.

    We visited twice whilst we were in Peel: the first time just for morning coffee, but as all the restaurants in Peel that were open on a Sunday lunchtime seemed to be fully booked, we ended up there for lunch as well. They do the usual light lunch options of soup, sandwiches etc.

    My husband had a crab roll with salad, and I had vegetable soup. The soup was a chunky and homemade, and a nice change from the ubiquitous tomato, roasted red pepper or carrot and coriander' which seem to be the usual choices these days.

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Peel Transportation

  • Peel 'bus station'

    Yes, that's the 'bus station'. It's really just a bus stop with a shelter on Derby Road, opposite Peel's Town Hall (an unfortunate piece of architectural design, imo). It's a couple of minutes' downhill walk from the bus stop to the town centre and maybe 5 minutes to the seashore.Several bus routes serve Peel and you'll find it easy enough to get...

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  • As it was in 1968, now sadly, gone.

    This was Peel station in 1968. Now a beer bottle depot, at least the station architecture still survives. From Peel the railway used to run to Douglas via St. Johns junction.The railway still runs from Douglas to Port Erin with the original steam trains.If you liked the above picture more are available in my Douglas travelogue Web link below.

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Peel Local Customs

  • Watch out for Moddey Dhoo

    When visiting Peel castle look out for the Moddey Dhoo, a ghostly black dog who is said to have once wandered the castle and frightened the guards who were on duty. You will hear more of the legend of Moddey Dhoo during your visit to Peel castle.

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  • Viking invasion.

    Occasionally you may be forgiven for checking your eyesight if you look at Peel harbour at certain times of yesr and see it full of Viking longboats.On certain dates, (check with the Ilse of Man Tourist Board), Viking celebrations take place at Peel and replica longboats crowd the harbour. A fantastic sight. Take your camera.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Peel Off The Beaten Path

  • Corrin's Tower

    Corrins Tower is on the hill overlooking Peel. It is 4 stories high and was built in the early 19th century for Thomas Corrin, who owned the hill and lots of nearby land. The hill was one of his favourite places and next to the tower in a small graveyard where he laid his wife and two of his children to rest. There are also inscriptions and...

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  • Motor cycle museum

    Halfway up the mountain of Snaefell is a halfway stop for the mountain railway from Laxey to the summit called simply 'The Bungalow'. This houses a unique motor cycle museum composed on numerous makes that the names of which have now faded into history.There is a good Cafe there too, where refreshments can be taken. Also, the views from this point...

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  • Isle of Man parliament.

    Between Douglas and Peel stands the remains of the old parliament of the Isle of Man. Tynwold hill. It stands today as a reminder of those far off days of the outdoor debating forum of the island.

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