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Castle Rushen
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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.
Reviewed May 26, 2015

This castle is in a lovely setting next to Castletown Harbour. It costs £6 but is free if you are a member of English Heritage.

Lots of battlements to climb and super views of the town. I spent about 2 hours visiting.

Remember there are lots of Manx Heritage sites onthe island so you may want to invest in a £20 card that allows you ro visit all the sites over a 2 week period. Most of the other sites such as Peel Castle are £5.

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Reviewed May 20, 2015

Those used to touring the grand castles in the U.K. may be surprised at the small size of the rooms in Castle Rushden. What you are seeing however is essentially a medieval castle substantially built in the 12th and 13th century. It was easy to see how a small garrison troop could defend the castle.
Custodians in several rooms were helpful and informative.
Our visit lasted around 90 minutes and we felt it was well worth the adult £6 admission.
There is no dedicated car park but plenty of on-street parking available.
There are modern toilet facilities but no refreshment area and only a small gift area in the entrance ticket area.
Top Tip
The first half of the route around the castle is repeatedly up a very narrow spiral staircase. Those with poor mobility may struggle.

Thank Travlintone
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Reviewed May 11, 2015

Fabulous experience as the castle is almost complete.Gives an excellent insight into the building over many centuries.Free to National Trust members.

Thank john r
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Reviewed May 11, 2015

love the history the castle is fun to explore we climbed to the top no good for older people so my friend 82 had a wonderful chat with one of the worker while we explored

Thank Denise T
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Reviewed May 10, 2015

Almost missed this attraction,as we were on our way elsewhere. Glad we doubled back. Very pleased because such an interesting place and such helpful staff. A gem of the island. Next door the most wonderful cafe restaurant, so clean n attractive. Plus gorgeous cakes.
Downside Castle Rushen not advertised enough for their own good!

Thank Lynn A
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