– Posted on Tuesday 20th April 2021

Manx National Heritage, the charity responsible for the care and promotion of the Isle of Man’s natural and cultural heritage, is pleased to announce the phased re-opening of its heritage sites for the next few months.

  • The House of Manannan will partially re-open on Wednesday 21 April with access to the shop and cafe. It will fully re-open from Saturday 24th April daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • From Saturday 24 April the Manx Museum will open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Castle Rushen and Rushen Abbey will follow, re-opening from Saturday 1 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Castle Rushen will open 5 days a week from Thursday to Monday and Rushen Abbey 3 days a week from Saturday to Monday.

All other Manx National Heritage sites will open for special events, weekly guided tours and pre-booked group visits until the Isle of Man border restrictions are lifted.  The site opening programme will be updated to support the visitor economy and reflect changes in demand once the borders re-open.

Gaynor Haxby, Head of Public Services for Manx National Heritage said:

“Whilst we have had to change the way we operate in response to the COVID pandemic and the current closure of our borders, all of our sites will be accessible on a regular basis over the spring and summer through guided tours, special events or general visits. This worked very well last year and often gave local residents a new perspective on familiar places.” 

She continued: “We hope local residents will support us by visiting, joining a site tour or attending a special event this spring and summer.  Full details on our programme will be on our website shortly and updated throughout the season.”

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Image caption: Rushen Abbey Gardens, captured by Just Lee Photography.


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