Your Visit

The Centre for WW1 Internment Opening times 2020 & 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : Please note that, due to the restrictions and uncertainty resulting from Covid-19, the Centre will remain closed to the public during 2020 although our research work continues throughout: email

Our 2021 opening times are noted in italics below.

The Charity's work continues over the winter months and as well as during this 2020 closed period (see our coronavirus update above) so please do get in touch on if you are a descendant with a research enquiry. 

For 2021 The Centre for WW1 Internment opens to the general public from late May until late September as detailed below:

The Model RoomPublic opening times:

2020 opening times to be advised - see coronavirus update above.

2021 opening: Saturday 29 May 2021 - Saturday 25 September 2021 inclusive

Wednesday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

For Internee and Guard descendants, please see below*



Please note we will be CLOSED on the following dates:

TT Senior Race Day - TT is cancelled for 2020 (2021: Friday 11th June 2021)

Isle of Man Parish Walk - 20th June 2020 Parish Walk is cancelled (2021: date TBA)

Isle of Man Royal Agricultural Show weekend - cancelled for 2020 - (2021: Friday 13th August & Saturday 14th August 2021)

Privately booked groups:

2020 opening to be advised - see coronavirus update above

2021: 1 April 2021 - 25 September 2021

Please note that entrance fees apply for all commercially guided tours, as well as for pre-booked private visits to cover the Charity’s costs of opening and ongoing development - see Fees section below

*Descendants of Internees, Guards and others who were part of this story:

The Charity would love to hear stories from descendants of Knockaloe internees or guards and we welcome descendants personally all year round, although please note that the full exhibition is only open during the summer season. Please contact us before your visit on so we can ensure a researcher is available and so you make the most of your visit.  The Exhibition is available for descendants to view annually between April and September by appointment. The Exhibition is not open over the winter months however the FREE descendant research continues all year round.  We shall always try to accommodate your travel plans however please do contact us before booking to ensure the necessary staff are on hand. 

The Research RoomIf you are a Knockaloe descendant please contact the research team before visiting on to ensure that advance research can be carried out prior to a visit and that Trustee and lead researcher, Alison Jones, can be there personally to meet you during your visit and find out what is available about your family story.

The Research Room is open to descendants by appointment all year round, please E-mail for further information.

Entry Fees:

Individuals : Entry to the Centre is FREE however we very much welcome DONATIONS which allow us to cover our ongoing running costs of the Centre, and will allow us to continue to develop it.

Groups : For commercially organised groups where visitors are paying an overall fee for their trip and/or guide, there is a charge of £5 per person, payable by the tour operator/coach driver/guide before or upon arrival. A discount of 20% is offered for local community groups.  For further inforamtion please E-mail


The Centre for WW1 Internment, Patrick Old School Rooms, Patrick Corner, Patrick Village, Isle of Man, IM5 3AL


The Main Hall ExhibitionGetting there:

The Centre for WW1 Internment is located in on the junction of the A27 and Patrick Road in Patrick Village on the west of the Island. From Peel follow signs to Glen Maye (A27), from St Johns follow signs to Castletown (A3) then signs to Patrick/Glen Maye (A30). For the location on Google Maps please click here

There is a car park directly in front of the Visitor Centre, however, please be cautious as the entrance is quite tight.



The Centre for WW1 Internment

Linking the human stories and imagery with the camp location itself in an imaginative and interactive way to engage 

visitors of all ages. After six years of incredibly hard work, the Visitor Centre finally opened on 10 May 2019 and helps visitors to visualise the camp, understand what life would have been like within the camp and the village, and understand its impact on the internees and their families, the guards, the villagers, and the Island, as well as providing descendants with

assistance in finding out more about their own internee, guard or village family member and add their story to our archive for future generations. 

We are delighted that the work on the site is now complete. The Village Workshop team (pictured on the video below) have taken down the crumbling, damp kitchen, toilet and boilerhouse extension at the back of Patrick Old School largely built on the old school wall, and the replacement extension is now up to roof level. Every stone from the old school wall has been reclaimed and will be rebuilt as the outer wall of the new dry and draft proof extension.