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The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

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The Parish Church of St John the Baptist

We visited this church on our way back from Peel to Douglas. On first site you would think it is... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Janet H
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
Visit for its history

In some ways there is nothing special about the appearance of the church. It’s significance lies in... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2018
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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This unique Victorian church has a dual role as Parish Church and National Church, and is notable for its use on Tynwald day as a Court for the Legislature.
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Village of St John, Peel
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

We visited this church on our way back from Peel to Douglas. On first site you would think it is just a church but it has a lot of historical importance, Once a year (on 5th July), since the 10th century, the Manx Parliament (Tynwald)...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janet H
Reviewed 16 September 2018

In some ways there is nothing special about the appearance of the church. It’s significance lies in its function as the Royal Chapel of Tynwald Hill. Tynwald is the oldest parliament in the world and has met on Tynwald Hill, in the centre of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 3 July 2018

We visited as it was getting it's annual face lift before National Day so parts were screened off, but this didn't detract from the history and importance of the property. Interesting to see the seats used by the members of the Tynwald on National Day...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Julie P
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The church is a striking centrepiece of Tynwald National Park where each year the Manx Government (Tynwald) carry out their annual Midsummer Court.(convening here rather than in Douglas). Part of the ceremony is held on the green (Tynwald Hill) and part withing the magnificent church.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CrumpySeaford
Reviewed 12 May 2018

Really loved our visit to the Royal Chruch - Anglican on an island where Methodists are numerous. The church and adjacent Tynwalad make a must see for any visitor with a love of history and scenery. I would return to spend more time in the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

The main significance of St Johns is the association with adjacent Tynwald Hill and all the history that is associated with it.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

I visited on Manx National Day, Wednesday 5th. July. A short service took place for dignitaries and invited guests only, which was relayed onto a big screen. Afterwards the church was open to everyone and is well worth a visit for the beautiful interior.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Brian B
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I visited the church in June 2017. The organ was completely covered in plastic sheeting, and I could find no information available about this - which would have been of interest to me.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Was amazed how much history was in this small area. It was very well maintained, clean and tidy. History was oozing from every building and monument. well worth reading up on before arrival so it means more. Loved the standing stones opposite the church.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank helgre2016
Reviewed 19 May 2016

The Church is worth a visit if you are passing. Once a year (in July) the Manx Parliament (Tynwald) sits in the Church and the MP's have their own, named seats. It is a day of great ceremony and pageantry. Outside the Church is Tynwald...More

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Cliff J
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