Old House of Keys – Shenn Thie yn Chiare as Feed

  • Wheelchair Access

The former home of the Manx Parliament and centre of 19th Century political life on the Isle of Man. Animated portraits of Keys members and a simulated model of Mr Speaker bring the debating chamber to life. The Secretary of the House welcomes you to join in the debates on law setting in this participatory experience.

Opening Times

Castletown Tours

Join us on a tour of Castletown, 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 book your place here

 

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

Admission

The Old House of Keys will be closed until further notice.

We thank you your patience at this time.

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.

About

Situated in Castletown

The Old House of Keys (Shenn Thie yn Chiare as Feed) in Castletown was once the centre of 19th century political life on the Isle of Man.

The fascinating Old House of Keys building has been restored to its former appearance of 1866 – a milestone in Manx history when the old self-elected House of Keys took its first steps along the road to modern democracy by passing the House of Keys Election Bill and becoming a popularly elected body.

Join the Debate

You’ll meet the costumed secretary of this historic building before taking a seat in the finely restored debating chamber where you’ll enjoy an active debate on setting the laws of the Island. During your visit you’ll see how democracy developed in the Island – sometimes years ahead of England – and the effect that political decisions have had and continue to have on the Manx nation. Should motor racing be allowed on open roads? Should women get the vote? You decide!

Please note the Debate may not be suitable for some younger children.

Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • Visiting the current House of Keys in Douglas

Location

Address: Parliament Lane, Castletown, IM9 1LF
Phone: +44 1624 822306

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