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  • Castle Rushen
  • Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen

Discover one of the most preserved Medieval castles in Europe – the magnificent Castle Rushen.


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 1265, Castle Rushen was developed by successive rulers between the 13th and 16th centuries. 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.

And if you’re feeling brave why not take an organised ghost walk around Castle Rushen with Isle of Man Ghost Tours?

Opening Times and Admission

Castle Rushen is open daily between March and November 2016.

  • From 6th February 2016 open weekends from 11am to 3pm
  • Between 25th March and 27th May 2016 open daily from 10am to 4pm
  • Between 28th May and 4th September 2016 open daily from 10am to 5pm
  • Between 5th September and 6th November 2016 open daily from 10am to 4pm

Admission costs £6 for adults and £3 for children.

FREE admission to all Manx National Heritage properties for members of the National Trust, English Heritage, Scottish National Trust, Historic Scotland, CADW, York Archaeological Trust, OPW Ireland and members of the Trusts of Australia, New Zealand, The Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Malta.

MNH-holiday-passYou can also purchase a Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass which allows you to discover all of the Isle of Man's most fascinating heritage sites from the world's largest working waterwheel to castles to cottages, museums and historic homes. The Manx National Heritage Holiday Pass cost £20 for adults and £10 for children and are valid for 14 days from the first date of use.

The castle does not have a designated car park but there is free public parking within its vicinity.

Disabled access is limited.

Location and Contact

Castle Rushen, Castle Street, Castletown, IM9 1LD.

For more information telephone 01624 648000 or visit