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Castle Rushen

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Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval...

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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Castle Rushen, Rushen Abbey and House of Keys Castletown, Isle of Man

Visit all of the above. Castle Rushen was used as a jail and there are stories in rooms that tell about the people incarcerated. The incarceration of women especially moved me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit all of the above. Castle Rushen was used as a jail and there are stories in rooms that tell about the people incarcerated. The incarceration of women especially moved me. Other typical castle rooms are also a good visit. I had an ancestor who spent 3 times in the jail. He was there as a debtor. A negative wrinkle... More 

Thank SparkyDomino
Calhoun, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoying walking and exploring all types of things and this was filled with tight stairsteps, open walkways, large and small castle rooms and a great story. This 1300's castle is well preserved and it is a treat to study the workmanship as you explore it. .

1 Thank DiWP
Palatine, Illinois
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views from this fully-intact castle are excellent, and the historical information provided is interesting.

Thank Collin C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Visited many times since being a kid. Apart from alnwick in Northumberland this is one of the best kept and most intact castles you will visit. Excellent views from the castle walls. Great to visit in summer when there are activities going on within the castle grounds. Free entry if your a national trust member.

Thank Hugh F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

One of the best preserved castles we have visited. The displays and signage in the rooms were informative. The medieval kitchen and Great Dining Hall displays were notable. The castle gives a very good feel for what life was like in medieval times. The steam train ride from Douglas to Castletown also enhanced our visit.

1 Thank powell_diana
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I have visited far too many castles (if that is possible!) but this one had one of the best displays I have seen. It is not a large castle but the keep has plenty of rooms and each one tells a different story from a different period in the castle's history. There are plenty of exhibits and displays to give... More 

1 Thank MarcusHurley
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Fascinating castle where you really get the feel of how it must have been to live there in the middle ages!

Thank Barbara P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

Came here in September 2014 was really insteersting the grounds are lovely, I would say better for older children if u do have children to take with you :)

Thank Roxynocera
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

This is a well preserved castle and nicely presented, allowing you to visit many parts including up on to the battlements, which provides stunning views of the surroundings. The staff were very friendly and informative and allowed you to travel around at your own pace. Well worth visiting, and entry is free with National Trust/English Heritage.

Thank Richard B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I always wanted to see a Castle and I'm glad that I got the chance to tour this one. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable. I loved hearing about the history of Castle Rushen and the Lord and Lady's that resided within. The views at the top were beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a clear sunny... More 

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