Castle Rushen

One of the best-preserved mediæval castles in the British Isles, if not Europe, Castle Rushen still dominates the skyline of Castletown, as it has done since the 12th century.

In that time, it's been a fortress, a court, a jail and a parliament. It's been a scene of much drama and intrigue - sieges, rebellions, mutinies and executions. Now, run by Manx National Heritage, it features some excellent tableaux which show castle life at various times through the ages. Occasionally, period re-enactments are held in the castle and its grounds (which provide an amazing experience), and it sometimes hosts events like outdoor cinema showings and concerts.

As you might expect, given its often somewhat grim history, the castle claims to be home to a number of incorporeal residents. The ramparts are said to be walked by a lady in white and a woman in black. Which helps in telling them apart, we'd imagine. It's always nice to know who you're being haunted by.

There's a well-stocked souvenir shop (on cold days, usually the warmest room in the place) and Castletown is full of excellent places to eat and drink, many of them just yards from the castle.

Photo of Castle Rushen by Nathan Russell-Raby - Own work, CC BY 4.0,


There is plentiful parking in and around the town, however ease of access doesn't seem to have been a high prioity in the 12th century. As a result, many areas of the castle are unaccessible to wheelchair users.

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Opening Hours
Day of the Week Opening Hours
Monday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm

Open daily from 1 April to 31 October 2023.



There is an admission charge to this property for adults, while children go free. As with all MNH properties, we heartily recommend their annual pass for Island residents – they’re great value and valid for a year.

Published: 24 May 2023

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