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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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Great ancient castle still "like new"

This marvellous castle is complete and in perfect condition. Explore steep spiral staircases, jail and banquet rooms, kitchens, guard rooms, and even the "privvy" with loads of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Keremeos, Canada
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Keremeos, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This marvellous castle is complete and in perfect condition. Explore steep spiral staircases, jail and banquet rooms, kitchens, guard rooms, and even the "privvy" with loads of explanatory plaques, maniquins, and tapestries. The views from the top of the tower are stunning in all direction and it is easy to understand the strategic siting chosen when the castle was first... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

There is a lot of castle to see here. Unlike many it still has a lot of rooms. A good walk around the battlements and the towers with lovely views across the town and Coast. Our teenager enjoyed it and a group of 6-10 year old visitors were having a brilliant time exploring. Lots of informative panels explaining the history... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very small for a castle and thought the price was expensive for what was inside a brief video of the background of the castle and then not much else ,a few manniquins dressed up in period costume and a banquet table with some fake food was not my idea of a fun day out the view was the best when... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Such a lovely castle, just wish our local castle was kept as well. The staff are great, the place is clean and tidy and well laid out to tell you the history and stories of the castle. If your a member of English Heritage, take your card as it's free entry (I forgot our card).

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Free for NT members otherwise £6 to visit for adults. 13th century castle with limestone walls and expansive views of Castletown and the surrounding locations. No on site parking but free parking is available in Castletown. Whilst the tour is self guided, but there' are plenty of information boards. The clock is apparently fast on purpose and you can see... More 

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The best small castle I have visited. You really get a feel of what life must have been like from within. Excellent views of the town and surrounding countryside from the top.

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Parnu, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Very interesting old castle. Very well presented and maintained. Lots of history. Cool historical castle.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Plenty of rooms to look in - helpful staff with introductory film - well worth visiting - also places for children to dress up - very good place to visit

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I visited Castle Rushen in 2009. Firstly, when you enter the castle, you're greeted with a shout of "Who goes there?" After that, as part of the tour, you're invited to view a short AV presentation, narrated by Brian Blessed. If you hate Brian Blessed' stentorian shouting, I suggest you take some ear plugs. Following all that, you then view... More 

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This is a great castle to visit. The overall presentation is excellent and enables you to appreciate castle life over many centuries and for a number of different uses. The displays give good information and are not too detailed so as to put you off. The recent additions of the stories of women are also very interesting. It is well... More 

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