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The Old House of Keys
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 May 2013

This is a lovely interactive session where you are taken back in time and have to vote on the different issues facing the Isle of Man over time. A great actor oversees the business and interacts with the digitised people - two shows a day and you buy tickets in the castle or the school house. Really entertaining and informative too.

Thank ukcamel
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"debating chamber"
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"isle of man"
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"well worth a visit"
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"nautical museum"
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"lower house"
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"informative visit"
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"opening times"
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"talking pictures"
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"castle rushen"
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"free attraction"
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

It was a fun little idea to sit and participate but too many votes and it went on too long. The secretary's additional comments were a bit annoying.

Thank Dnaray
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

This is where the Manx Parliament met when Castletown was the capital of the Isle of Man. Go back in time and see where the oldest elected Parliament in the world sat. Tynwald, the Manx Parliament is over 1000 years old.

Thank Malcolm O
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

A great way to spend hal;f an hour to partake in/ observe a staged debate over the years to help understand how some of the quirkier laws of the Isle of man have come to be! Free for English heritage members

Thank DevonHare
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