Old House of Keys
Take your seat in the former home of the Manx Parliament for an insight into the political life and times of the Isle of Man.
The Old House of Keys in Castletown was once the centre of 19th century political life on the Island.
The building is one chapter in the long and often turbulent history of Manx politics which stretches back to the 9th and 10th centuries when the Viking Kings ruled the Isle of Man.
The fascinating Old House of Keys building has been restored to its former appearance of 1866 – a milestone in Manx history when the old self-elected House of Keys took its first steps along the road to modern democracy by passing the House of Keys Election Bill and becoming a popularly elected body.
During your visit you’ll see how democracy developed in the Island – sometimes years ahead of England – and the effect that political decisions have had and continue to have on the Manx nation.
You’ll meet the costumed secretary of this historic building before taking a seat in the finely restored debating chamber where you’ll enjoy an active debate on setting the laws of the Island. Should motor racing be allowed on open roads? Should women get the vote? You decide!
Opening Times and Admission
The Old House of Keys is open daily between March 17th and November 5th.
Sittings last 45 minutes.
Admission costs £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children. A family ticket, consisting of two adults and two children, costs £11.
The site does not have its own car park but there is public parking nearby and there is disabled access.
Location and Contact
The Old House of Keys, Parliament Square, Castletown, IM9 1LA.
For more information telephone 01624 648017 or visit www.manxnationalheritage.im.