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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 way to spend a couple af hours. A truly wonderful castle

An Excellent castle, quality information, plenty to explore. The views from the top are remarkable on a clear day. I recommend it to all visitors with a couple of hours to spare... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Castletown, United Kingdom
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Castletown, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

An Excellent castle, quality information, plenty to explore. The views from the top are remarkable on a clear day. I recommend it to all visitors with a couple of hours to spare. A great visitor experience.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great value if you have a card for free entry. Allow a morning or afternoon and combine with House of Keys visit. Interesting displays and some very helpful guides around if you have any queries

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Castle Rushen dominates the Castleton skyline and is the heart of the town. I was able to get in with my National Trust membership so only cost me a small donation although I think it was well worth the full price. The route is well thought out and there is a good mix of information boards, reconstructions and volunteer staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

takes about 1hour to 1 and half hours - no dogs allowed. very well preserved due to it being used most of the time. great info. great staff. 98 steps to the top but for those that dont want to walk on the spiral staircase you can still go in up a different route. Great shop. Lovely staff very interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

When you get to Castletown you can park in the free car park, just remember to display your parking disc (these are free and can be picked up from the info centre at the ferry port douglas or most co-op's, there's one right behind the castle). you can use your English heritage or national trust card to gain free entry... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

What an excellent place to visit and the best £6 spent for a long time.the rooms and the places in the castle just seemed endless and unlike most castles that lets face it .. Are just a series of empty rooms at best and ruined empty rooms at worst, this castle was full of interest at every turn.the mannikins which... More 

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ManxNationalHeritage, Public Relations Manager at Castle Rushen, responded to this review

We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to Castle Rushen. Just for reassurance, we take the safety of our staff and visitors very seriously at our sites, particularly in such a complex building like Castle Rushen. The building and our activities are fully risk assessed. However, instead of interfering with the historic fabric we advise people to... More 

Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The castle itself was very interesting, most of the staff were very pleasant bar one who must have been having a bad day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Castle Rushen is located in central Castletown (or rather, Castletown grew up around Rushen), next to a river and adjacent to the Irish sea. The castle is very well preserved, including what appears to be an intact, complete curtain wall. Visitors have access to the majority of the castle, the main exception during our visit being the wall walkway which... More 

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Although we visited as a couple we could see that children would enjoy this location, with lots to keep them interested (including the surprise "crapper" in one room). Many steps to navigate round but the layout and information gives you a good historical background.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Excellent views from the top walls. Interesting portrayals of characters in some of the rooms with some talking (watch out for the one in the privy - he startled me!). Lots of scary winding stairways with rope banisters to help haul you up the slope.

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Additional Information about Castle Rushen

Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Isle of Man  >  Castletown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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