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Castle Rushen

Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Castletown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Getting married
Owner description: Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles and can be found in the...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Getting married
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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89 reviews 89 reviews
27 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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25 helpful votes 25 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This castle is exceptionally well preserved for a building of this age , the local limestone which was used in its construction is particularly resistant to erosion . The views from its highest points are stunning . The information and displays are fine but after many many years without significant change ,it would be good to have them refreshed .

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Mold, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This castle is very nice and has been expertly preserved which means all the original buildings and rooms are still intact with almost all of the original features. This means that the castle is still almost the same as it was when it was in use as a home for the Kings of Mann. All displays are very interesting and... More 

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Navenby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Well preserved castle in the wonderful ancient capital of the Isle of Man. It's worth the visit simply for the stunning views from it's parapets over Langness and Scarlet point. Opposite is a Police station which would not be out of place in a Harry Potter movie. Another must is the Gluepot pub a mere 30 seconds walk away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Despite the rainy blowey day the castle was well worth the admission fee (£6.00 adult). Not the best for those with poor mobility due to the numerous steps and stairs. Theses two points aside, the experience is well thought out with ample information via various media. The lack of light in rooms, initially a bit off putting, actually adds to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Loved looking round here - good displays and helpful staff. Castletown is pretty, but tiny and there's not much else to see in the town. Beautiful views from the top. Castle is well worth the visit, and close to the airport if you want to fit in a quick trip at the end of an Isle of Man visit.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Castle Rushen is a truely must see on any visit to the Isle of Man. Well preserved, informative videos and displays within the castle and located right next to the quaint Castletown harbour. The gardens and walking around the ramparts are enjoyable and normally one time per year they hold medieval reenactments here to give a real feel to the... More 

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