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The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

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A historical gem a must for any history lover

Was amazed how much history was in this small area. It was very well maintained, clean and tidy... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Inside the church are war memorials and seats for members of Tynwald. A real cathedral-but not! A... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2015
Newcastle upon Tyne, 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Julie P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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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

Thank Rodney059
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.

1  Thank CrumpySeaford
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.

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.

Thank Subwebman
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.

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

Thank Cliff J
Reviewed 20 March 2016

A small place compared with other towns on the island but if your interested in history or architecture then your in the right place as the church seems to draw some considerable interest. This being the original meeting place for the islands parliament..

1  Thank Davejb2014
Reviewed 2 October 2015

Inside the church are war memorials and seats for members of Tynwald. A real cathedral-but not! A small chapel, with a fancy organ.

1  Thank Melissaaye
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