Tynwald Parliament

The Clerk of Tynwald's Office, Legislative Buildings, Finch Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3PW | Directions
Opening hours
Monday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thursday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Carried by the Sword Bearer at the annual Tynwald Day ceremony.

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Tynwald claims to be the oldest continuous parliamentary assembly in the world, with a tradition of over 1,000 years of meetings being held. As an assembly first in Celtic and later Viking guises, the main business was not legislative i.e. passing laws. It was the means by which the ruler controlled the community, ensured continuity by nominating successors, and resolved disputes.


Today two Branches of Tynwald Branches sit alone, primarily to consider legislation, and together as Tynwald Court, to consider matters of policy and finance. The two Branches of Tynwald include the Lord’s Council (now the Legislative Council) and The House of Keys.


In most cases whilst in Tynwald Court the Branches still vote separately.
Visitors to the Legislative Buildings are always made very welcome. There are a number of reasons why people visit the Isle of Man parliament including watching a sitting, taking a tour or meeting a Member.


There is also a gift shop available to the public, open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Scheduled, free to attend, public tours are held every Monday at 2pm and every Friday at 10am.


For further details of the visiting options and facilities please contact the Tynwald Administration Office on +44 (0)1624 685500.