Manx National Heritage Sites Open for 2024

– Posted on Wednesday 27th March 2024

Manx National Heritage is delighted to be reopening its historic visitor attractions across the Isle of Man for the 2024 visitor season.  Iconic sites including the Great Laxey Wheel, Castle Rushen, Peel Castle, Cregneash, Rushen Abbey and the Grove Museum will be open and ready to welcome visitors from Thursday 28 March 2024.

Sittings will recommence at the Old House of Keys on Saturday 30 March, when tours of Castletown’s fascinating heritage sites, including the Old House of Keys, The Old Grammar School and the Nautical Museum, can also be booked.

Connie Lovel, Executive Director for Manx National Heritage said:

“Spring and our sites reopening is always a time of year we very much look forward to as our site teams, volunteers and supporters bring the Manx National Heritage sites to life for residents and visitors to the Island to enjoy.  We have already welcomed the Island’s first group visitors of the season and we look forward to welcoming many more throughout the year. 

From discovering the second phase of conservation work underway at the Great Laxey Wheel to finding out more about what’s happening to conserve the fabric of the Isle of Man’s two magnificent medieval castles; visiting the ‘All at Sea’ exhibition at the House of Manannan to celebrate the 200th year of the RNLI, or coming along to the Manx Museum to view the recently re-presented National Art Gallery, there are special events, exhibitions and many other activities to look forward to throughout the months ahead”.

Extended opening hours will be in place at both Peel Castle and the Great Laxey Wheel during June, July and August and Cregneash will be open for an additional two and a half hours a day throughout the summer season.  Manx National Heritage sites can also open for additional extended hours, by request, to accommodate visiting tour groups and cruise ship visits.

Over forty events are available to browse and book on the Manx National Heritage website, with highlights including Manx Wildlife Week which takes places from 27 April until 5 May, and newly introduced ‘Laxey Wheel Hard Hat Tours: Rods and Rockers’.  Tours at the Laxey Wheel commence in April, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the second phase of conservation work to Lady Isabella.

Sites are open from Thursday 28 March until Sunday 3 November. Information on opening times, events and exhibitions are published on



Image caption: The Great Laxey Wheel


Editor’s Notes

 Laxey Wheel open daily 9.30 to 4.30pm (open until 5pm in June, July and August)

Peel Castle open daily 11am to 4pm (open until 5pm in June, July and August)

Castle Rushen open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm

Cregneash open daily 10am – 4.30pm

Grove Museum open Saturday to Wednesday, 12pm to 4pm

Rushen Abbey open Thursday to Monday 12pm – 4pm

Manx Museum and House of Manannan open daily 9.30am to 4.30pm


Pre-bookable Tours and Sittings (book on

Old House of Keys sittings take place on Saturdays at 1.45pm

Castletown Site Tours of the Old Grammar School, Old House of Keys and Nautical Museum take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am

Tours of the Peggy Conservation Facility take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10am


Manx National Heritage Media contact:

Lynsey Clague BA (Hons) MCIPR

Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


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