Faith Tourism

Community, Worship, Culture

The Island is beginning to rediscover its ancient pilgrimage paths and to unlock the richest of Christian landscapes with its vast range of Celtic and Norse crosses, scores of ancient keeills (chapels) and key Christian historic sites from Maughold in the North, to Rushen Abbey in the South, from the ancient Cathedral of Peel on St Patrick’s Isle in the West to Lonan in the East.

The Cathedral’s new gardens tell the story of Christianity’s impact on Manx culture century by century and aims to unlock these sometimes hidden treasures.  Each of the 17 gardens with their particular focus will indicate where the original site and treasures can be located. 

The tenth and eleventh century cross garden, for example, shows the transition from the Celtic crosses to the Norse crosses as the Island is conquered by the overseas invaders.  At the same time it shows the transition from Christianity to the syncretistic crosses which portray Odin and other Norse deities, to the final cross which indicates the victory of Christianity over paganism with the magnificent Thorwald’s cross of which only a fragment remains.  These five crosses located across the Island are carved as if newly created, so the best available research has been used to suggest what the originals might have been like.

Regular Services Calendar

Sundays

8.30am Eucharist
10.30am Worship with Eucharist
3.30pm Choral Evensong (during term time)

Weekdays

9.00am Morning Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
5.30pm Evening Prayer (Monday – Saturday)
9.30am Eucharist (Wednesday and Holy Days)

The Cathedral hosts special services to celebrate events in the community, and the seasons of the Church year. Click here for more details.

Opening times

You are always welcome in the Cathedral, whether for worship or just to look around, learn more about the history, or perhaps simply to enjoy some quiet time on your own.

The Cathedral is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

We are open all year round, though opening hours may vary slightly on Bank Holidays and Holy Days.

Cathedral Isle Of Man Events

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Said Eucharist

23/02/2020 08:30

Book of Common Prayer Said Eucharist in the choirstalls.

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Sung Evening Prayer

23/02/2020 15:30 - 16:00

Cantor led congregational singing of Evening Prayer in the choirstalls, with chamber organ accompaniment.

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Gardening Club

24/02/2020 10:00 - 16:00

The Cathedral gardens, while still being developed, are at the stage that we would welcome volunteers to assist in maintaining them.  No prior knowledge of gardening is required, there are experts to guide you and teach you new gardening skills.  Its a chance to be in the fresh air, get fit, meet new people and join us for a session, an hour or a day.  Lunch is provided at the Big Table Cafe anytime from 12.00 - 2.00pm and hot drinks are on tap. If you are interested contact the info@cathedral.im or T: 844 830

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Visitor Engagement

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Seventeen conceptual gardens will be developed, (12 telling the story of our Island and how Christianity has impinged on it and 5 with special themes). Teaching packs will be created also for the Island's schools.