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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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Wonderful castle

Excellent staff, wonderful castle. Really enjoyed the archer as you approached. The introduction display and film give you a taste of the history, good signage so perfect to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent staff, wonderful castle. Really enjoyed the archer as you approached. The introduction display and film give you a taste of the history, good signage so perfect to follow route not to miss anything. Beware my six foot husband banged his head so be warned some of the doorways are about 5ft 10!! Great views of the town. I liked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a very enjoyable afternoon visiting Castle Rushen. The castle is packed with very informative displays and we left knowing much more about the history of the IOM than we had expected. The building itself is also of great historical interest.

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Thank Ruth M
Uppingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am sure we paid a visit to this castle in the 1960's but have no recollection of it as it is today. I think a very great deal has been added to it in the intervening years, to make it a wonderful piece of living history today. So well presented,and in such a way as to make you really... More 

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Thank kenriley
Warrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting, well preserved castle. Great views from top of keep and well presented tableaux in main rooms to give an impression of life there at various times.

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Thank Peter C
Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm fascinated by history and have visited countless castles around the UK. This one is worth a visit, but a lot of the rooms are very samey. To be fair, it's a large building, and there's only so much you can do with empty rooms that all look very similar. Only a couple of rooms are furnished and, other than... More 

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Thank Kate M
Manchester,England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only place really worth visiting in Castletown and free to National Trust members. Very old and well kept castle, though extensively renovated only some 100 years ago Nothing interactive, but some very informative displays and a pleasant and interesting way to spend a couple of hours. Lots of stairs to climb though

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Thank Mojoblue717
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small castle is remarkably well preserved and well worth visiting. It's right in the middle of Castletown and is a treat to visit. Arriving you cross the moat by bridge and enter the castle passing a portcullis (although not the original) which is very impressive. There is an inner courtyard with rooms leading off. There are information boards and... More 

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Thank lovetotravel1704
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A self guided tour of the castle. Some of the rooms have been decorated in period style. Not very interactive, but some good historic information.

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Thank John F
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very well preserved castle well worth a visit could do with some customer service training in the gift shop.

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Thank jeanjrt
Laxey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a great laugh at this place with some of their mannequins illustrating the really of those times. What I didn't appreciate was to feel pressured and unwelcome by staff that at 3.30pm is already sending visitors away because they want to go home at 4pm sharp when the visiting hours ended at 4pm.

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