Places To Visit: Castle Rushen

Castletown (Balley Cashtal) is the ancient capital of the Isle of Man and home to Castle Rushen.  One of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.

Casle Rushen early morning light

Opening Times

Daily 28 May to 4 Sept 2016 10am – 5pm
Daily 4 Sept to 30 Oct 2016 10am – 4pm

Postcode: IM9 1LD

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Situated in Castletown

Located in the ancient capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown, this impressive fortress was once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann.

Originally built for a Norse king in around 1200AD, Castle Rushen was developed by successive rulers until the 1600s. During its time it was used as a fortress, royal residence, a mint and even a prison.

The castle’s towering limestone walls would have been visible over much of the south of the Island – and you can climb the stone spiral staircases to the roof where you can enjoy panoramic views of Castletown and beyond.

Inside the Castle you’ll be able to indulge in its history and hear from some of its inhabitants, including Bishop Wilson who you will find in his cell and the castle guards in their vaulted rooms.

You’ll also be able to dine with the Kings and Lords of Mann in the great banqueting hall, experience the sights and sounds of a Medieval kitchen and visit the gatehouse.

Don’t miss:

  • Across the drawbridge, the murder holes in the Inner Gatehouse
  • Bishop Wilson in his cell
  • The castle guards in their vaulted rooms
  • Panoramic views of Castletown from the ramparts
  • Gatehouse with en-suite ‘garderobe’
  • Lord Stanley in the Presence Chamber
  • 17th Century dining room
  • Medieval tales in the wall tapestries
  • Medieval kitchen
  • Wall walks

Concessions available:

  • Holiday Passes providing multi-site admission
  • Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors. Pre-book in advance.
  • Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card sponsored by Lloyds Bank.
  • Season Passes for Isle of Man residents
  • Heritage & Transport multi-use passes
  • Free entry available to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, National Trust, English Heritage, CADW, Historic Scotland and organisations holding an agreement with Manx National Heritage.  Entry available to the named member only on presentation of a valid membership card.  Restrictions may apply.  For details, please consult your membership handbook.
  • Please note concessions may not apply for special events.