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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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The home of the Lords of Mann

The last time I was here was my wedding day, we got married in the castle. So it was lovely to come back, twenty years later and spend an enjoyable morning wandering round this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Julie B
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The last time I was here was my wedding day, we got married in the castle. So it was lovely to come back, twenty years later and spend an enjoyable morning wandering round this ancient castle with our friends. Guides were helpful, recommending what to look out for. There were marvellous views across the square and the harbour from the... More 

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Hertford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing. Signage, displays and information boards boast a huge amount of information. Some interactive displays and some displays that can be touched or sat on. It seemed never ending with room upon room of stuff to see. Loved every minute. The only downside is it's not wheelchair or buggy friendly and requires good mobility (and a good... More 

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Thank SJBaked
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed looking around this castle. There are spectacular views from the top of the sea, Castletown and surrounding areas. No tea room though.

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Thank Sarah M
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is an impressive fortress but the visit is quite daunting as it is a one way system to the top and back down through very narrow dark spiral staircases which feel pretty claustrophobic. Whilst we visited we saw a lady having a panic attack and it was quite distressing.

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Thank Marie E
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't have too long in the schedule but a brief visit was very interesting. The staff make you feel welcome and readily give explanations and interpretation.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great fun and informative. If you have children you can easily spend a full day here letting their imaginations run riot. Bring along a picnic and eat inside the castle grounds

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right in the middle of Castletown, just by the bus stop. Interesting history, not the largest castle but you can go from Dungeon to ramparts up and down spiral stone staircases with some of the rooms set as they presumably would have been in the day. So good to look around for an hour or so. A tiny gift shop... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle Rushen is very tardis-like; from the outside it doesn't look that big however do not underestimate the amount of time needed to fully enjoy everything this historic site has to offer. After walking under the portcullis we were met by a very helpful attendant who gave us a brief history of the castle and then directed us on out... More 

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Thank Alec C
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nicely restored castle - and since it was a ruin for about two centuries, it is one of the few castles that's neither a ruin nor a version going through updates in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. 2nd half of the tour is more entertaining. Definitely worth visiting!

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this one, plenty to look at, very intact and some super views from the towers. It was good to get some of the history of this beautiful island.

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