Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen, Castletown: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Castle Rushen Reviews: 4.5/5

Castle Rushen
4.5
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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. Only a short drive away, the ancient ruins of Rushen Abbey can also be enjoyed.
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Droopydrawrs52
Peterborough, UK1,364 contributions
A must
Oct 2021 • Couples
A good experience and understanding of the history of the island
The castle is well kept and guides very good
A challenge with spiral staircases but worth the climb
A must when you come to IOM
Written October 17, 2021
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June M
Isle of Man, UK79 contributions
Perfect family afternoon - well worth a visit.
Oct 2021
We had a family trip to the Castle on Saturday, as our four year old granddaughter had never been, and we all had a great afternoon.
Bit nervous of the spiral stairs with a four year old and a baby in a sling but take care, pace yourselves and it’s completely manageable.
So much to see and perfectly preserved with friendly, helpful staff.
The castle has fab views from the top, and the decorated rooms, kitchen, dungeons, toilets etc let you see how things were.
Written October 10, 2021
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janehO760KJ
Exmouth, UK4 contributions
Highly recommend
Oct 2021 • Couples
Excellent place to visit, very informative staff, can highly recommend. Very reasonable entrance fee.
Written October 5, 2021
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Sharon O
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Castle rushden not dog friendly for good reason it’s too dangerous for them
Sep 2021
Excellent visitor experience. NOT dog friendly for very good reasons - you access the experience in a one way system which is by spiral staircase and then across the roof line. There are no real areas you could safely take a dog hence the no dogs. Well worth a visit
Written September 26, 2021
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Alanthebairn
Falkirk, UK868 contributions
Well maintained castle
Aug 2021
Well preserved Castle with an interesting and varied history which is well illustrated on our tour around the building. There are , as you would imagine, a fair number of stairs but the views for the top of the castle are well worth the effort.

The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Written September 3, 2021
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LynnK21
Warwickshire, UK222 contributions
Well worth a visit
Aug 2021
So glad we managed to get to see this. Very imposing and dominates the centre of the town. Such a sense of history of the Island over the centuries and really learned a lot from this visit. Great views from the top too. Staff were friendly and informative.

Lot of steps. We spent just over an hour and would have been there a little longer if they weren’t closing.
Written September 1, 2021
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andy M
Stamford, UK308 contributions
An impressive castle with friendly and helpful guides
Aug 2021
After passing through the gatehouse I was met by a friendly guide, who explained the best way of exploring the castle.

Throughout the castle there are information boards explaining what each room was used for over the centuries and direction signs.

When you reach the roof you are rewarded by great views of the town.

Many of the rooms have displays, recreating the life in the castle in previous centuries. I particularly liked the sounds made by the soldier sitting on the toilet.

I parked on the quay for free, using the parking disc available from the information point in Douglas, which allowed up to 2 hours.
Written August 30, 2021
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Nicholas D
Larne, UK871 contributions
Enchanting Castle Rushen
Aug 2021
Exchanting Castle in the centre of Castletown with its tall stone walls, winding narrow staircases and incredible fairytale like myths, stories and decorations. This castle is full of interesting facts, materials and exhibitions which tell the story of how the castle came into existence, as well as information on its past masters and lives of the people of the Isle of Man. There are also multiple towers which enable you to see all sides of the surrounding areas of Castletown.
Written August 21, 2021
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Andy Skelly
21 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Aug 2021
Great way to fill in a couple of hours whilst in Castletown. If you are a visitor it is a must go.
Staff were friendly as expected, your choice if you want to speak to the very knowledgeable staff to ask questions.
Need to be able bodied to explore the castle as some of the spiral staircases are steep and narrow (obviously not originally designed for us tourists back in the day!!).
Entry was £10 an adult. We’ve been around castle before and still worth it.
Written August 13, 2021
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HUNTINGPARTY
Sevenoaks, UK488 contributions
Captivating
Jul 2021
Amazing castle. Well preserved and presented. Very interesting tour with lots of information panels and historic artefacts. It was lovely to be able to explore the whole castle.
Thought it was a good idea to furnish some of the later rooms in appropriate style and the clock was particularly interesting.
Great views from the top - watch out for the steps as they can be steep but worth the climb.
Staff were friendly, chatty and helpful.
Written August 2, 2021
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