The House of Manannan

The House of Manannan, based in the old railway station in Peel was opened in 1997 as, arguably, the jewel in Manx National Heritage's crown. 

An experience which tried to recreate the sights, sounds - and, yes, even the smells - of the Island's history, it stood as a worthy companion to places like York's Jorvik centre or Chester's Dewa Roman Experience. The Celtic roundhouse was swathed in smoke and the smell of peat, whilst its animatronic inhabitants told their mysterious stories; you'd open a door and find Odin's Raven, beached on a sandy shore, water lapping around her hull.

Whilst still very much worth a visit, the site's in need of a little TLC these days, but don't let this put you off. There are plenty of fascinating insights into the Island's history to be gained and the recreation of Peel's famous "Forest of Masts" in particular, with its brilliant use of forced perspective and detailed modelmaking always amazes.

It's worth noting - as always - that the onsite cafe serves great cakes.

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By FinnWikiNo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


There is plenty of onsite carparking and the site is fully accessible with easy wheelchair access, including lifts to all floors, and disabled toilets. 

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 9.30am to 4.30am
Tuesday 9.30am to 4.30am
Wednesday 9.30am to 4.30am
Thursday 9.30am to 4.30am
Friday 9.30am to 4.30am
Saturday 9.30am to 4.30am
Sunday 9.30am to 4.30am

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
There is an admission charge.


Published: 17 May 2022

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