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The Old House of Keys

Castletown
+44 1624 648000
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Small but interesting history to help explain some of the Manz experience: not a big exhibition but... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Restless59
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house of keys as was

the house of keys is where the manx government sat,,, castletown was once the capitol of the island... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stanley C
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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.
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Small but interesting history to help explain some of the Manz experience: not a big exhibition but nice building in middle of town

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the house of keys is where the manx government sat,,, castletown was once the capitol of the island but now moved to douglas where the new house of keys is situated

Thank Stanley C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you get a chance to visit this, by having a live interactive exhibit you learn so much about the history of the isle of man Its really fun too

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

This is the Old Parliament Building where laws were passed in days gone by. The staff explain how everything worked and it's history is explained using an animated display. It's worth a visit if you are in the area. I hope you find my review...More

Thank GarySkuse
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Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

The house of keys, was a very enjoyable and very friendly place, we got to enjoy a tour through time within previous voting across the Manx via Stuart and AI friend edward, and had our say on how we would have voted across those affairs....More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

Castle Rushden, Rushden Abbey and House Keys, all closed when a group of us bought the £25 ticket, not impressed at all, was supposed to be open, and it was a Saturday. Don't by the all holiday pass, waste of money.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

As a tour group we were given an agenda of parliamentary motions on which to vote, marking key points in the islands social development. It is very well done. the 'speaker' is a talking head, and the portraits around the walls come alive and present...More

Thank rexbarker
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

A novel and terrific way to learn about the history of the island, where you take part in the vote on important parts of the Island's legislation. The chairman is a hologram and the wall pictures become speakers. One person controls the debate. There is...More

Thank Ian M
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

This is one of the best audio guides I have ever had the pleasure in participating in.It TrueType brought history to light in an unforgettable way

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

I was not sure what to expect, I assumed that we would be shown around but no we were actually taking part in making decisions (various items from years gone by) The visit was really interesting, the chairman of the meeting was a hologram and...More

Thank Gordon855
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Pam E
17 May 2017|
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Response from John N | Reviewed this property |
Debates most days. No ticket office on site, available from castle Rushen other side of the square. Entry free. For debate £6 charge. Enjoy!
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susan H
24 June 2016|
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Response from Freddie M | Reviewed this property |
Don't know but the front steps were not very high.
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