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A really fun way to present what may otherwise be, to many, some rather dull history.

I visited the 'Old House of Keys' in Castletown on my Manx National Heritage Badge (a special badge... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2018
Martin R
Northampton, United Kingdom
Interesting visit

Spent some time in the House of Keys with an interesting guide. He told my husband and I all about... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Devizes, United Kingdom
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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...more
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Reviewed 30 December 2018

I visited the 'Old House of Keys' in Castletown on my Manx National Heritage Badge (a special badge that was available for £10 during the TT Races, Southern 100, and IOM FOM in 2018) and was lucky to arrive in time to get a seat...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Martin R
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Spent some time in the House of Keys with an interesting guide. He told my husband and I all about the building and early parliament of the Isle of Man and how it developed over the years. Well worth a visit. Small gift shop.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

As part of our escorted tour to Castletown we visited The Old House of Keys and took part in the interactive 'debating' session A brief talk was given by a very knowledgeable guide and then it went to an interactive session which took you through...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janet H
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Great immersive experience of the old parliament, need to ensure that it's not the only reason you go to Castletown though as it's not very long

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Paul C
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Great visit. Highly recommend. Lovely staff and so informative. Very pleased to learn the IOM was the first country to give women the vote in 1880. Just brilliant.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

Did not get tour as guide was not there so we just looked in main room set with long table and chairs as would have been years ago. Used to be government location for Isle of Man. Looks to have been well maintained. Lady at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

Just returned form a fab few days on Isle of Man. We visited the old house of keys in Castletown and took part in the 'debating' session. Really well done with lots of interaction and we learnt so much about the history of the island....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

A nice place to explore which is very much touchy/feely and the guide gave a very interesting talk about the various features and pictures etc. Well worth a visit and it is free.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

If you aren't interested in politics, then this probably isn't the place for you. As interesting as it is for the brief time it takes to have a look around, small children would soon lose interest. There's nothing to do as such, it's a lot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Roll_and_stroll
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Visited today. It was great going back in time and seeing to old building. Ruth the guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting to talk too. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Pam E
17 May 2017|
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!
susan H
24 June 2016|
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Response from freddiemoran | Reviewed this property |
Don't know but the front steps were not very high.