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Old House of Keys – Shenn Thie yn Chiare as Feed

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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.

A sitting lasts for around 45 minutes.

Opening Times

Open 28th March – 3rd November

There is a public sitting each week on Saturday  at 1.45pm, it will last approx. 45 minutes. Arrival from 1.30pm

Book your tickets HERE or at the Castle Rushen Shop

 

Also 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.

Tuesday & Saturday 10am

Book your tickets HERE or at the Castle Rushen Shop

 

Admission

Public Sitting

Adults £9

Students £4.50 (over the age of 18 with a valid Student Card)

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

Please note the sittings are suitable for Secondary School aged children upwards.For any children under this age parent/carer discretion advised.

 

Castletown Tours

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).

Your 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.

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 sittings are suitable for Secondary School aged children upwards. For any children under this age parent/carer discretion advised.

Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • Visiting the current Legislative building in Douglas.

Location

Address: Parliament Square, Castletown, IM9 1LF

Phone: +44 1624 822306

What Three Words: pretended.narrowest.executive

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 House of Keys.

Here are some useful FAQ’s

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