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“Good Experience!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen
Castletown Square, Castletown
01624 648000
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Castletown
Type: Castles, Cultural
Activities: Getting married
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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.
Handforth, United Kingdom
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“Good Experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My visit to Rushen Castle was well worth the time all the rooms are laid out to their time era, the only thing i had to watch was feeling a bit panicky on the staircase which is a very tight spiral one and is the only way to see the rooms, the staff were very friendly and they have a lovely gift shop at the entrance to the Castle, the tour is very good value for £5.40 fee i paid

Visited April 2013
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Castle - But beware of the steps”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I love visiting old castles and this is worth a visit too. The people working there are some of the nicest, most helpful people I have ever come across. They were at all the appropriate parts and eager to tell us about the history of the place.
You can walk around the whole of the castle with no areas out of bounds. The views are fantastic and the information boards are very informative.
There are a lot of thin spiral steps to climb though, so you may want to reconsider if you have young children or struggle with stairs. However there are several floors so you don't have to climb too far without a rest.

Visited April 2013
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“Well worth the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

It was raining all day and really didn't want to do much, however, push through and had a wonderful time at the Castle. The staff went out of their way to assist with transit, gifts and any other questions imaginable. This is a must see whether rain or shine.

Visited April 2013
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leyland
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“well preserved 14th century Castle.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is a great well preserved Castle dating back to the 14th Century. There is good signage explaining what you need to know about each room and a fantastic dining hall complete with food and guests seated at the table. Several of the bed chambers had there own toilets too. It has also been used as a royal mint and a prison as well as a royal residence in its time by the various Kings and Lords of Mann. The views from the top of the Castle are fantastic, of both Castletown and the sea. There are helpful staff around who are very informative. There is also a small gift shop. Obviously there are a lot of steps and a spiral staircase so would not be ideal for small children or disabled. It was good value for money and if you like history this is well worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Superbly preserved”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Possibly one of the best preserved castle sites in the UK. Our visit was slightly marred by rather a number of school groups running wild - which made climbing the narrow stairs a bit difficult but staff were friendly and informative.

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