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Castle Rushen

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Address: Castletown Square, Castletown
Phone Number: 01624 648000
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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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Beautiful and fascinating

I have visited the Castle dozens of times from a very early age and onwards. As a child it was completely amazing. The exhibitions, music, incidental live actors, models and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Uppsala, Sweden
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

I have visited the Castle dozens of times from a very early age and onwards. As a child it was completely amazing. The exhibitions, music, incidental live actors, models and beautifully restored interior and exterior combined to provide an exhilarating experience. The shop also offers a wide range of interesting toys and products. Visiting as an adult it becomes clear... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Castle Rushen is without doubt the best castle I have ever been to. It is in a beautiful location, it is in incredible condition with a brilliant authentic experience. You must visit it (even if castles are not your thing).

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Thank Andy F
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

One of the best preserved castles I've visited, well presented, lots to read and look at, great views from the tower and good value for money!

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Thank Rebecca D
Douglas, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Family visit to the castle, kids loved it. We are Manx National Heritage members, so it was free to enter.

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Detroit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Visit all of the above. Castle Rushen was used as a jail and there are stories in rooms that tell about the people incarcerated. The incarceration of women especially moved me. Other typical castle rooms are also a good visit. I had an ancestor who spent 3 times in the jail. He was there as a debtor. A negative wrinkle... More 

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Calhoun, Louisiana
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

We enjoying walking and exploring all types of things and this was filled with tight stairsteps, open walkways, large and small castle rooms and a great story. This 1300's castle is well preserved and it is a treat to study the workmanship as you explore it. .

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Palatine, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The views from this fully-intact castle are excellent, and the historical information provided is interesting.

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Thank Collin C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

Visited many times since being a kid. Apart from alnwick in Northumberland this is one of the best kept and most intact castles you will visit. Excellent views from the castle walls. Great to visit in summer when there are activities going on within the castle grounds. Free entry if your a national trust member.

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1 Thank Hugh F
california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

One of the best preserved castles we have visited. The displays and signage in the rooms were informative. The medieval kitchen and Great Dining Hall displays were notable. The castle gives a very good feel for what life was like in medieval times. The steam train ride from Douglas to Castletown also enhanced our visit.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I have visited far too many castles (if that is possible!) but this one had one of the best displays I have seen. It is not a large castle but the keep has plenty of rooms and each one tells a different story from a different period in the castle's history. There are plenty of exhibits and displays to give... More 

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