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Castle Rushen

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Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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Description: Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles...
Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles and can be found in the Isle of Man's former capital, Castletown. Once a royal palace, Castle Rushen was home to the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, last Norse King of Mann. Later on, Castle Rushen served as an administrative centre, a mint, a law court and for over 100 years until the late 19th Century, as a prison. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings and wall hangings, realistic food, contemporary music and medieval speech brining the Castle’s medieval and 17th Century periods to life. Also nearby in Castletown, you can also enjoy the Old House of Keys, the Nautical Museum and The Old Grammar School, whilst only a short drive away, the ancient ruins of Rushen Abbey can also be enjoyed.
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stayed in this town dozens of times

the castle rushen in castletown isle of man gives a fascinating insight to the history of the castle the town and indeed the isle of man, it is remarkable condition and well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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liverpool
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161 reviews 161 reviews
65 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

the castle rushen in castletown isle of man gives a fascinating insight to the history of the castle the town and indeed the isle of man, it is remarkable condition and well displayed.i have climbed to the top, a long way up with many stairs to make you puff but well worth the effort, the views across the south of... More 

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Adelaide
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15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For those of us who are not real good with steps this is not the place for you. The castle is great but I think you'd miss out on so much if you didn't climb to the upper rooms. Never-the-less it's still a good place to visit even if you just look at the downstairs rooms.

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Castle Rushen, though not large on the scale of, say, Carmarthen Castle, is certainly amongst the best examples of medieval castles in Britain. There are no accurate records of when work began on building Castle Rushen, but it would have been approximately 1,000 years ago in the 11th century. The keep has a defensive outer wall, 25' (7.5m) high and... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

well preserved castle, although the people of castletown treat it like disney land. it is what it is, a small castle in a small town... not disney land.

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I love this castle. It is in great condition (complete in fact) and gives a true idea of what life must have been like to live here. It is quite compact and there are 360° views from the very top. On a sunny day it is magic. For a different type of castle which is more expansive visit Peel.

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I used the steam railway to arrive at Castletown and the castle was about a 10 minute walk from the station. I had planned to catch the next train back, but found I had to rush round some parts of the castle to get back to my train. You could easily fill half a day here. Be prepared for lots... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This castle is exceptionally well preserved for a building of this age , the local limestone which was used in its construction is particularly resistant to erosion . The views from its highest points are stunning . The information and displays are fine but after many many years without significant change ,it would be good to have them refreshed .

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Mold, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This castle is very nice and has been expertly preserved which means all the original buildings and rooms are still intact with almost all of the original features. This means that the castle is still almost the same as it was when it was in use as a home for the Kings of Mann. All displays are very interesting and... More 

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Navenby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well preserved castle in the wonderful ancient capital of the Isle of Man. It's worth the visit simply for the stunning views from it's parapets over Langness and Scarlet point. Opposite is a Police station which would not be out of place in a Harry Potter movie. Another must is the Gluepot pub a mere 30 seconds walk away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Despite the rainy blowey day the castle was well worth the admission fee (£6.00 adult). Not the best for those with poor mobility due to the numerous steps and stairs. Theses two points aside, the experience is well thought out with ample information via various media. The lack of light in rooms, initially a bit off putting, actually adds to... More 

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