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Castle Rushen

Castletown Square, Castletown
+44 1624 648000
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Good for kids. Ok food. Vegan friendly.

The place is great for kids. There are colouring sheets. The food is very very child friendly and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jewelsju
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Krakow, Poland
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Excellent, even on a day of endless rain and wind

They have been busy updating parts of the ground floor of the castle since we visited last, so that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Roll_and_stroll
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Birmingham, 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 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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Castletown Square, Castletown
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"information boards"
in 18 reviews
"isle of man"
in 46 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 30 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 20 reviews
"staff on hand"
in 4 reviews
"national trust"
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"answer questions"
in 4 reviews
"medieval times"
in 5 reviews
"informative displays"
in 4 reviews
"preserved medieval"
in 8 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 6 reviews
"surrounding countryside"
in 5 reviews
"short film"
in 6 reviews
"british isles"
in 7 reviews
"in great condition"
in 4 reviews
"manx heritage"
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"english heritage"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is great for kids. There are colouring sheets. The food is very very child friendly and OK quality not amazing. My burger was medium even though I asked for it well. The deserts are. Well. They taste like burgers. We ordered the pancakes...More

Thank Jewelsju
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have been busy updating parts of the ground floor of the castle since we visited last, so that more of it is wheelchair accessible, plus there is a 3D virtual tour of the whole castle you can watch if you can't do stairs. I'm...More

Thank Roll_and_stroll
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle is the real thing. It's just as it was when it functioned as the home of royalty, guards, and prisoners. Just enough furnishings are installed to indicate what function the rooms have. Climb to the top - it's worth it.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for such a beautiful place thank you Hannah for arranging our spacial day it's a wonderful place

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of nooks and crannies to explore with steep spiral narrow steps. Good exhibition. Particularly liked the lad member of staff playing folk tunes on the battlements that filtered throughout the castle. Excellent trip.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

I must confess ruins arent normally my thing but using my National Trust card gained me free entrance & so glad i did visit. Nicely laid out so never go back on yourself loads of small rooms to investigate off the spiral staircase both up...More

Thank Restless59
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Reviewed 6 July 2018

We came late, but the staff were very friendly and accommodating. It was so interesting to see the history of the Isle, even found some of my ancestors had spent a little time in the jail! Thank you for offering a tour of this wonderful...More

Thank christopher c
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

Certainly the best small castle I have visited. It really gives a feel of what it must have been like to live in such a place. The size of the rooms and doorways are testament to the stature of the people of the time. The...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2018

castle rushen is in such a marvellous condition it may have been built recently. made of the local limestone, it has a clock presented by elizabeth the first and in modern days is used for weddings could you choose a more beautiful spot for your...More

Thank Stanley C
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Were staying in Douglas and used the buses to travel which were very easy to use. Stop outside castle! Members of national trust so entrance free. As we walked in we were met by the guide, Lester, who was so friendly and so knowledgeable about...More

Thank Lindrick2018
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Jack R
27 June 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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