Castle Rushen – Cashtal Rushen

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Castletown (Balley Cashtal), is the ancient capital of the Isle of Man and home to Castle Rushen. One of the best preserved medieval castles in the world.

Castle Rushen – Cashtal Rushen

Opening Times

Open daily from 28th March – 3rd November 2024

9.30am – 4.30pm

Last entry 4pm


Adults £14

Children FREE (all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

Students over 18 with a valid Student Card £6.50


Your admission

  • Adult admission tickets for Castle Rushen include a £1 voluntary donation to Manx National Heritage (Isle of Man registered charity no. 603), supporting our charity’s work in caring for the Isle of Man’s most cherished places and spaces, including historic buildings, landscapes, archives and museum collections. If you do not wish to pay the donation please state to staff that you wish to opt out of the voluntary donation at the ticket desk when paying admission.
  • Some special events may incur an additional admission charge.
  • Student discount is available on production of a valid student card.
  • Group discounts are available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors booked 7 days in advance. Find out more.
  • Holiday and Annual Passes – admission is only permitted on production of a valid card. Cards are valid for the named person and are not transferable. ID may also be requested.  Free access is for 14 days from the first day of use on a Holiday Pass and 1 Year from first date of use on an Annual Pass for Isle of Man residents.
  • Free admission is available to children under 18 years of age, persons accompanying a disabled visitor, Go Explore Heritage and Go Platinum Reserve Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport and Members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage and organisations holding an agreement with Manx National Heritage. Entry available to the named member only on presentation of a valid membership card. Restrictions may apply.  For details on our reciprocal arrangements, please consult your membership handbook.


Situated in Castletown

Located in the ancient capital of the Isle of Man, Castletown, this impressive fortress was once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann.

Originally built for a Norse king in around 1200AD, Castle Rushen was developed by successive rulers until the 1600s. During its time it was used as a fortress, royal residence, a mint and even a prison.

The castle’s towering limestone walls would have been visible over much of the south of the Island – and you can climb the stone spiral staircases to the roof where you can enjoy panoramic views of Castletown and beyond.

Inside the Castle you’ll be able to indulge in its history and hear from some of its inhabitants, including Bishop Wilson who you will find in his cell and the castle guards in their vaulted rooms.

You’ll also be able to dine with the Kings and Lords of Mann in the great banqueting hall, experience the sights and sounds of a Medieval kitchen and visit the gatehouse.

Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • Across the drawbridge, the murder holes in the Inner Gatehouse
  • Bishop Wilson in his cell
  • The castle guards in their vaulted rooms
  • Panoramic views of Castletown from the ramparts
  • Gatehouse with en-suite ‘garderobe’
  • Lord Stanley in the Presence Chamber
  • 17th Century dining room
  • Medieval tales in the wall tapestries
  • Medieval kitchen
  • Wall walks


Address: Castle Street, Castletown, IM9 1LD

Phone: +44 1624 827413

What Three Words: crisps.perfect.littler

Transport: Buses 1, 2, 2A, 8, 11, 11A. Isle of Man Steam Railway Castletown Stop

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