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Old Grammar School – Yn Chenn Scoill Ghrammeyoys

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An architectural gem located on Castletown harbour. This is the oldest roofed building in the Isle of Man dating to the 1200s later converted into a grammar school in the early 18th century. Stand where once the ordinary people of medieval Castletown worshipped and later prominent Manxmen were educated.

Opening Times

Open 28th March – 3rd November on Tuesday & Saturday 10am

Join us on a tour of our Castletown Heritage Sites, meeting at the Old Grammar School followed by visiting the Old House of Keys and finishing at the Nautical Museum.

Book your tickets HERE or at the Castle Rushen Shop

Admission

Adults £14

Students £7 (over 18 with a valid Student Card)

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

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 

Concessions available

Holiday Passes for visitors. Admission with an Holiday Pass  is only permitted on production of a valid card. Cards are only valid for the named person and are not transferable. ID might also be requested.  Free access is for 14 days from the first day of use.

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

Free entry available to children aged 5 to 18 with a current student card.

Student entry half price with a current student card.

Annual Passes for Isle of Man residents. Free admission with an Annual Pass Card  is only permitted on production of a valid card. Cards are only valid for the named person and are not transferable. ID might also be requested.  Free access is for a full year from the first day of 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 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.

About

This small but architecturally rich building was originally St Mary’s Chapel built around the 1200s. The chapel served the town as it grew around Castle Rushen until around 1710 when Bishop Wilson converted it into a grammar school. The school, open to boys and predominantly only those from wealthy families, ran lessons for nearly two centuries in an area of town then jostling with buildings and winding streets. In 1950 this medieval architectural survivor was saved from demolition as parts of old Castletown were cleared around it.

Book your visit at Castle Rushen Shop or Online

Things to do and see

  • See the same arches that the medieval families and stonemasons of Castle Rushen once sang and prayed beneath
  • Sit-up-straight on a Victorian school bench and face the blackboard, slate in hand. Imagine paying attention to teacher within the walls where centuries ago Members of the House of Keys, judges, lawyers and businessmen first learnt to read and write
  • Look out beyond the schoolroom to see out over the harbour as far as Langness lighthouse and Scarlett peninsula

Location

Address: Castle Street, Castletown, IM9 1LE

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

Essential Info

Drone Policy: The flying of unauthorised drones is not permitted at The Old Grammar School.

Here are some useful FAQ’s

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