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Castle Rushen

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Great castle

Took my son to the castle, good hour and half to tour round it. Really interesting and well worth a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great Castle. Great views.

The panoramic views over Castletown and the surrounding area from the top of Castle Rushen were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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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...more
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All reviews information boards isle of man well worth a visit spiral staircase national trust one way system preserved medieval great views from the top surrounding countryside interesting displays british isles short film free entry in excellent condition helpful staff manx heritage two hours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my son to the castle, good hour and half to tour round it. Really interesting and well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sakigrant
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The panoramic views over Castletown and the surrounding area from the top of Castle Rushen were brilliant. The Castle is run as a museum but the views were the highlight for me.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 26, 2018

The castle is really well preserved and visitors gain a very interesting insight into its use as a prison and as a castle. The views from the top are stunning and the dressed rooms provide an excellent idea of what like in the castle would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Emma W
Reviewed October 19, 2018

This is an extremely well preserved medieval castle in Castletown on the Isle of Man. You can take the spiral staircase route or a nice straightforward route. My partner did the former and I tried the latter. Plenty of Wall hangings depicting the history and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janet H
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This castle is just lovely and so are absolutely all of the staff who were on duty today. Every member of staff we encountered wanted us to feel welcome and went out of their ways to help. I struggle with too many stairs and immediately...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wendy S
Reviewed October 5, 2018

A superbly preserved ancient monument. It is interesting to visit one of these ancient castles that have not fallen into ruin. This place has been through some tough times, including being used as a prison. It has now been stabilised, and interpretation covers the use...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

Second time here in 15 years, as it was pretty good then. It's a well-preserved castle with some rooms furnished and with manikins to give a better view of the old times compared to a lot of castles just in ruins.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lipadad
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Steep steps and narrow walkways. Interesting visit and lovely staff. Worth seeing. Felt more could of been done to show the various uses of the castle. Lots of rooms were repetitive. A dark history. Would be nice to see the castle having a happier use...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 168ja
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Actually just across the street from our Hotel, The George. Looks in good shape from the outside. We went into the gift shop entrance to look around and see what might be in the castle. Were told it is is bare and not furnished and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rbattis
Reviewed September 28, 2018

Castle by the quay in Castletown, so well preserved you won't know you've passed it. Parking on quay with parking disk. The walls towers, rooms, staircases and roof are all as they were hundreds of years ago. Free entry for National Trust etc members. Welcomed...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Jack R
June 27, 2017|
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Response from ManxNationalHeritage | Property representative |
Hi Jack, Castle Rushen costs £10 to visit. The cost in USD would depend on the exchange rate at the time. Today this would be approx. USD12.77. For best value, we'd recommend purchasing a £20 Holiday Pass which provides... More
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Time to sightsee (3 Replies)
Hi There, I am planning a trip to IOM in July. Arriving on a Sat and staying in Douglas. I would like opinions on how feasible my itinerary is, staying Sat to Thursday. I would like to use public transport and see the following: Tynwald tour, Manx Museum, Castle town, Castle Rushen, Port Erin, Tynwald Mills, Peel Castle, Laxey Wheel and time on the Electric railway. Is this too much? Any information appreciated. Cheers
January 13, 2015|
Response fromDebby C|
Hi. If you haven't already seen this site, I recommend the Manx National Heritage page-http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/ Lots of information and the explorer passes are good, pricey, but we have been twice and if your doing the steam and electric trains,trams, museums etc it can be worth it. Plus its easier to have it all sorted and just enjoy your holiday without working all the prices out etc. The government site has info too. We have done all that and more on a 7 night stay, some days...More
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1-day itinerary advice needed for mid-May (11 Replies)
Our family of 4 is coming from the U.S. to the U.K. in May and making a quick stop on the IOM where my husband's ancestors are from. I'd really appreciate some advice on making the most of our less than 24 hours on the IOM. This is what I tentatively have but I'm not sure what the best order to see things is due to limited opening times, how long to allot for the museums, castles, etc. and what to skip based on time constraints. If the weather is bad (is that likely in mid-May?) what...More
March 29, 2012|
Response fromleuca|
K as always you leave me breathless just reading your itinerary If you do all that you will have seen more of the IOM than most of us You like bridges don't forget to say hello to the fairies living under them on the IOM No visit there would be complete if you don't have a kipper or two You might be offered them for breakfast The ones from the IOM are among the best On a clear day you should be able to see Scotland , the English Lakes and Ireland You seem to have got the IOM covered...More
Neil A
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November 23, 2012|
Response fromNannyDawn|
Great advice!!