Facts About Peel
In 1313, a famous battle took place at Peel Castle as the Scottish King Robert the Bruce tried in vain to seize control of it.
Before the King of Mann relocated his residence and military outpost from Peel Castle to Castle Rushen, Peel served as the island’s capital. The Chronicle of Mann states that Magnús Óláfsson, the last king of Man, passed away at Rushen Castle in 1265.
Peel is the third largest town on the Isle of Man with an estimated population of around 5,500, as of 2020.
The town is named after Peel Castle, which was built by the Vikings to protect their settlement in the 11th century.
An annual Viking Festival is held in the town to honour the island’s Viking heritage and features performances, music, and dancing.
St. German’s Cathedral, the town’s cathedral and one of the most striking Victorian structures on the island, was constructed in 1879.
Peel is a seaside town and a small fishing port that is part of the historic German parish but is run separately.
Fishing has been a major industry in Peel for many years, and the city is famous for its kippers. Herring that has been split, gutted, and salted is used to make kippers.
The House of Manannan, a museum that chronicles the island’s Celtic and Viking history, is located in Peel. The museum has interactive exhibits, replicas of historic structures, and historical maritime displays on the island.
The town of Peel is also known as “Peel Town” and “Peel on the Isle of Man.”