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

Opening Times

1st August – 1st November 2020

Thursday to Monday, 10am – 4pm

*Closed Tuesday & Wednesday*

Castletown Site Tours

Join us on a tour of our Castletown sites, starting at the Nautical Museum, followed by a sitting at the Old House of Keys and a trip to the Old Grammar School.

• Every Monday from 3rd August, 11am & 2pm
• £5 or free for Annual Pass holders
• Standard tour time: 2hr
• Please meet at Castle Rushen

To book your place please click here

For full details of Manx National Heritage site opening times click here.


Adults £9.00
Children / Students FREE

Concessions available

Holiday Passes providing multi-site admission.

Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors.
Pre-book in advance.

Free entry available to Isle of Man School children with a valid ACE card.

Annual Passes for Isle of Man residents.

New Annual Passes Purchased before 20 March 2020

To account for the time we have had to close our sites due to COVID-19 we will be adding an extension onto all original expiry dates.

  • Annual Passes that are due to expire after 20 March 2020 will now expire on Sunday 1 November 2020.
  • Annual Passes purchased from 12 June 2020 will expire on 31 October 2021.

Please note: if you have purchased an Annual Pass and have not yet used it, the pass will be valid for 12 months from the date of first use.

Go Explore Heritage Passes for use with trams, trains and bus transport.

Free entry available to members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, National Trust, English Heritage, CADW, Historic Scotland 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, please consult your membership handbook.

Please note: concessions may not apply for special events.


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
  • Please also see series of events run by Castletown Heritage Castletown Heritage 2020 Events


Address: Castle St, Castletown IM9 1LA
Phone: +44 1624 827413

Essential Info

When visiting Castle Rushen:

  • Please use contactless payments where possible.
  • Please respect other visitors who may still wish to follow social distance measures
  • Please use the hand sanitiser stations provided.

For more information on how we’re opening and what to expect from your visit, click here. Please always check this page before you travel.

Thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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