Rushen Abbey

Type:Abbey / Priory

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About

Almost 900 years ago, King Olaf I gave land for an Abbey and so became the wonder that is Rushen Abbey in the south of the island. People have been drawn here ever since, from the monks who wrote the earliest account of the Isle of Man’s history, to the tea-dances of the early 1900s and the heady days of 1980s disco. Nowadays, the medieval ruins still have the power to enchant, with large gardens complete with blossom trees and flowers that provide the perfect scenic location for picnics, gatherings and weddings.

Originally a home for monks of the Sauvignac Order, Rushen Abbey came under Cistercian control and was developed as the Isle of Man’s seat of religious power housing the main body of knowledge and literacy for the Island. Take a stroll through the stunning Abbey Gardens to find remains of the substantial medieval buildings, blossom trees and an array of herbs and flowers – many used to cure common ailments.

For a more active visit, follow the family friendly ‘Monky Business’ and travel beyond the Abbey to the Monk’s Bridge that leads to Silverdale park beyond. The Abbey also provides educational visits where you can discover medieval medicine, listen to sounds of the Abbey and play in the “Jam Factory”. 

 

Guide Prices

Adults £8.00, Children £4.00
Concessions available:
◾Holiday Passes providing multi-site admission. Available from www.manxnationalheritage.im/shop
◾Go Explore Heritage Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport.
◾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.
◾Season Passes for Isle of Man residents.
◾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.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site - Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens.

Leisure Facilities

  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking available
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Accepts major credit and debit cards
  • Approx length of visit - 2 hours.
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Event Venue
  • Group Friendly
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Toilets
  • TT & Biker Friendly

Provider Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
Mill Road, Ballasalla, Isle Of Man, Isle Of Man, IM9 3DB
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Tel01624 823048

Opening Times

* To support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Manx National Heritage has postponed opening Rushen Abbey from 1st April 2020 initially until 1 June 2020 – but will review the situation on a regular basis based on the risk to public health.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Situated on Mill Road in Ballasalla.

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