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Castle Rushen

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Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval...

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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Quite possibly one of the best castles I have ever visited

We combined the visit to Castle Rushen with a visit to The Old House of Keys (you can buy a joint ticket at a discount). We were expecting the usual run of the mill castle type... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 2, 2015
Warminster, United Kingdom
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

We combined the visit to Castle Rushen with a visit to The Old House of Keys (you can buy a joint ticket at a discount). We were expecting the usual run of the mill castle type of visit - don't get me wrong, we enjoy experiencing the history of the castles we visit (and we have seen a tremendous amount... More 

Thank Shaun-John-298
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 NEW

On entry, when presenting our National Trust & English Heritage membership cards, we were promptly informed by the female cashier that we don't receive any money from them, and effectively told to make a donation. Nevertheless, we made our customary generous donation (subsequently, we were told by friends that they received similar treatment - fortunately, we did not encounter such... More 

Thank UKTerry
Hawarden, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We were staying in Castletown so of course we had to do the castle! We live in Wales so we have seen quite a few but this was outstanding. You could go in almost anywhere, up to the battlements, in most of the rooms which were very well laid out with how it would have looked. Lots of information and... More 

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I absolutely loved it here. I like to be able to climb castles right to the very top and I don’t like locked doors! The route up to the top of Castle Rushen has been brilliantly planned so that you are able to appreciate the purpose of each and every design feature. Where there has been a change of use... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

This is the best preserved castle we have been to. You get the atmosphere of what the castle must have been like during its usage. There were several exhibitions in the rooms plus recreations of daily life. It was well documented by the use of headphones. Very reasonable price although we used our English National Trust cards.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

I try and do an annual visit. I used to go monthly when the courts sat there. The displays are a bit dated, but fun. Its a small castle but well preserved. it stands in the town centre and is well worth the visit

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Castle Rushen has lots of stairs but well worth the effort of climbing them. a very complete castle with lots of tableaux. 2nd visit and worth while going again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This fantastic castle is truly the centrepiece of Castletown. Fascinating storyboards and static displays. Run by Manx Heritage with an entrance fee of £5 (FREE Entry to members of Manx Heritage, English Heritage or National Trust ) lots (and lots) of tight spiral staircases to climb. Fantastic views over the town and surrounding countryside. Toilets and obligatory gift shop. Well... More 

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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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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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