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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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A great place to visit

There is nothing to dislike about this castle! We had a great time here. I have never enjoyed a castle as much as this one. Rushen is not a ruin as others are but an almost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

There is nothing to dislike about this castle! We had a great time here. I have never enjoyed a castle as much as this one. Rushen is not a ruin as others are but an almost complete castle with artifacts and in some cases full rooms laid out as they would've been centuries ago.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

My wife has always wanted to visit Castle Rushen - we visit the IOM every couple of years. Unfortunately we had visited Manannan in Peel the day before on this trip (it is a must visit place). Manannan sets a gold standard for the scenes recreated, whereas Rushen is at best a bronze; and unlike Peel castle there are no... More 

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Telford, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

So much to see for such a small entrance fee. The castle is in excellent condition, and you get greeted by a guide to give you information as you enter. There is a lot of stairs but well worth getting to the top to look at the spectacular views! This was definitely the highlight of my trip to the Isle... More 

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Ramsey
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The preservation of this castle is amazing. It is in a beautiful location and well worth a visit. The castle contains and tells stories of how life would have been. There are a few 'surprises' and interactive areas. You can go to the top of the castle which will give you fantastic views and amazing photo opportunities. There is also... More 

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liverpool
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153 helpful votes 153 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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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51 reviews 51 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 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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35 helpful votes 35 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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