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Castle Rushen

Castletown Square, Castletown
01624 648000
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Castletown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Activities: Getting married
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... more » 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. « less
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Manchester UK
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very well preserved medieval castle. Access can be a bit of a problem for those lacking in mobility. There is a stone spiral staircase to navigate to see all parts of the castle or an easier route up a normal stone staircase to see less than all areas. Unfortunately, I am in the latter category & therefore did not see... More

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a fabulous medieval castle , in great condition. Lots to see - many rooms to visit and a great wall walk with stunning views. Great for adults and kids alike. Highly recommend a visit if you are on the Isle of Man.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Really special medieval castle largely unscathed by the ravages of history. Lots of climbing and ducking but well worth the effort. Some nice touches as you go around. Free to National Trust members

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

An excellent visit to a well preserved medieval castle. The route around the castle is well laid out and very knowledgeable and helpful guides are well positioned throughout. Lots of rooms to explore with well laid out information and displays. We spent a good two hours in the castle as there was lots to see. Spectacular panoramic views of the... More

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York, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Just superb. Masses of the castle to see, rather than just a ruin. Lots of friendly staff and good information. Really worth a visit for adults and kids. Free for National Trust members

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New Mexico
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153 reviews 153 reviews
22 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Castle Rushen is a classic. It looks like a castle. Its cold and dank like a castle should be. And it is steeped in history. I enjoyed reading about its role in the English Civil war. An amazing story in and of itself. There is a bit of climbing involved especially in the towers. The view is beautiful. I wholeheartedly... More

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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314 reviews 314 reviews
65 attraction reviews
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A great castle with lots of rooms to explore. Some are furnished to show how they might have been in medieval times and some are bare, allowing you to experience the castle. I really enjoyed my visit to the castle.

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UK
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

So much has already been said about Castle Rushen and it is very interesting and generally well delivered. A note of warning though ...there are very many steep and narrow steps to climb both going up and in some places going back down although most of these do have wider steps. This is a bit of an issue for those... More

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A beautiful castle set in the middle of a lovely town and right next to the harbour. Great views from the top of the castle and quite a few rooms to look through in the castle. Well worth the visit!

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Laxey, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

I recently went there with my friends and we had quite a lot of fun and learned quite a lot. We watched a video about Castle Rushen and it didn't interest me that much. But overall it was pretty good and we had a lot of fun going around and seeing and learning the history of it.

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