The Old House of Keys

Another Castletown landmark, this is where the Island's Government - Tynwald - sat until 1864.

Now run as an attraction by Manx National Heritage, it features a rather strange tableau in the former debating hall (in which visitors are often encouraged to partake) involving a somewhat unnerving virtual Speaker of the House together with animated portraits of past luminaries. It's pretty small but, taken as part of a day out in Castletown, is definitely worth checking out.

If you find yourself becoming a little parched, Castletown is home to many fine hostelries and eateries who will be only too happy to help you solve that particular problem...

Photo by By Harrias - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


There is plenty of nearby parking, and public toilets in the town, but the Old House of Keys isn't suited for wheelchair access.

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Opening hours for 2020
Sittings take place at 11.00am, 1.45pm & 2.45pm daily from 1 April to 1 November.