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Tynwald Hill

Main Road, St John’s, IM4 3NA

The ancient meeting place for the parliamentary assembly before the House of Keys was built. This site roughly in the centre of the Island dates back to the first millennium AD, officially 979 AD. The hill is a stepped mound roughly 3.5m high which is tented over for Tynwald Day.

On the 5th July or Tynwald Day, the Midsummer Court is held. The proceedings start at the Royal Chapel, after which a procession is led to the hill for the reading of the legislature in Manx and English. The Lieutenant Governor or occasionally the reigning Monarch presides over the ceremony. This is a National Holiday and a fair is located in the field behind.