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Castle Rushen

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Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Getting married
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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Castle Rushen

This is a formidable castle set about with a nasty killing ground of a moat which, if you climbed into it, you could not get out again. Well presented, with historical figures of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Deganwy, United Kingdom
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Deganwy, United Kingdom
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180 reviews 180 reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a formidable castle set about with a nasty killing ground of a moat which, if you climbed into it, you could not get out again. Well presented, with historical figures of various periods - every child likes to sit beside them to have their photo taken ! These really are excellent; warmly recommended. If you are into plumbing,... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

There is a lot to see in the castle with exhibitions covering all the ages of the castle. There is a good welcome, and the staff are very helpful and answer questions easily. I would recommend a visit.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

A relatively small but beautifully preserved castle overlooking the harbour, which has played an important part in Manx history. My children enjoyed exploring the castle, especially the dungeons.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This castle is largely inside and good on a wet day. It closed early at 4pm on the day of my visit in May and needs a minimum of 90 minutes to get around as its bigger than you think. The guide closing up as I went around was very knowledgable and pleased to supply information on the castles heritage... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This castle is in a lovely setting next to Castletown Harbour. It costs £6 but is free if you are a member of English Heritage. Lots of battlements to climb and super views of the town. I spent about 2 hours visiting. Remember there are lots of Manx Heritage sites onthe island so you may want to invest in a... More 

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Chippenham, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Those used to touring the grand castles in the U.K. may be surprised at the small size of the rooms in Castle Rushden. What you are seeing however is essentially a medieval castle substantially built in the 12th and 13th century. It was easy to see how a small garrison troop could defend the castle. Custodians in several rooms were... More 

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aylesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Fabulous experience as the castle is almost complete.Gives an excellent insight into the building over many centuries.Free to National Trust members.

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Hoxton Park, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

love the history the castle is fun to explore we climbed to the top no good for older people so my friend 82 had a wonderful chat with one of the worker while we explored

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

Almost missed this attraction,as we were on our way elsewhere. Glad we doubled back. Very pleased because such an interesting place and such helpful staff. A gem of the island. Next door the most wonderful cafe restaurant, so clean n attractive. Plus gorgeous cakes. Downside Castle Rushen not advertised enough for their own good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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