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Review of Castle Rushen

Castle Rushen
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Owner description: Castle Rushen is one of the world’s most finely preserved medieval castles and can be found in the Isle of Man's former capital, Castletown. Once a royal palace, Castle Rushen was home to the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, last Norse King of Mann. Later on, Castle Rushen served as an administrative centre, a mint, a law court and for over 100 years until the late 19th Century, as a prison. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings and wall hangings, realistic food, contemporary music and medieval speech brining the Castle’s medieval and 17th Century periods to life. Also nearby in Castletown, you can also enjoy the Old House of Keys, the Nautical Museum and The Old Grammar School, whilst only a short drive away, the ancient ruins of Rushen Abbey can also be enjoyed.
Reviewed 7 August 2014

A beautiful castle set in the middle of a lovely town and right next to the harbour. Great views from the top of the castle and quite a few rooms to look through in the castle. Well worth the visit!

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I recently went there with my friends and we had quite a lot of fun and learned quite a lot. We watched a video about Castle Rushen and it didn't interest me that much. But overall it was pretty good and we had a lot of fun going around and seeing and learning the history of it.

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Castle Rushen dominates the town of Castletown, once the capital of the Island. It has been beautifully and cleverly restored and many of the rooms have been refurnished and 'populated' with a cast of characters to show how they would have been used throughout the ages, even one of the garderobes - the medieval toilets.

You can walk round the tops of the walls and climb up to the top of the main tower for good views over the town and the surrounding countryside.

The staff are very helpful and friendly and will do all they can to make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

The only downside for aficionados of castles is that there is little explanation as to how the area surrounding the main tower was used. This must once have been a bustling part of the whole castle.

My partner is not a great fan of castles but she thoroughly enjoyed her visit.

1  Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We have visited twice, both times with a baby strapped to my front as we walked round. Staff were fantastic, knowledgeable and very helpful. Very friendly and just all in all fantastic. Only downside was the toilets which were damp and wet and the baby change was filthy but it wont stop us coming back.

Thank ecl87
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ManxNationalHeritage, Public Relations Manager at Castle Rushen, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Thank you for your feedback in relation to Castle Rushen. We are pleased that our staff were helpful and are sorry to hear that you experienced a problem with damp in the toilets. We have recently actioned repairs to the roof in this area, which should help solve the problem.

On a separate note, having received your feedback, I have asked our site manager to action immediate checks to the baby changing facilities and I do thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Kind regards

Lynsey Clague
Heritage Communications Manager, Manx National Heritage

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Huge real Castle virtually complete with 4 towers that you can climb to the top and see 360 views over Castletown and Isle of Man. Some rooms are "dressed" as they would have been - various times thro' history with character mannequins (some are a little scary) but it definitely sets the atmosphere and scene for the period. I love castles and other ancient buildings and I think this is the best castle I have ever been too - allow plenty of time or go back for a second or third visit as there is so much to see. For all Manx Heritage attractions - there are various types of tickets - so admission costs can be reduced (ask at museum or visitor centre at Douglas). They also accept English Heritage and National Trust membership for free admission

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