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Old House of Keys – Shenn Thie yn Chiare as Feed

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Participate as part of a pre-booked group in the former home of Manx Politics and the House of Keys (the Island’s parliament) from 1821 to 1874. The debating chamber, restored by Manx National Heritage to its 1866 interior, is where the Island’s most important political questions and reforms to its democracy were hotly debated. Take your seat in the chamber, hear the debates and have your say by voting on the topic of the day.

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

Extended Site Openings are in place at The Old Grammar School, Old House of Keys and the Nautical Museum, which are open from 10:30 to 3pm daily until Sunday 9th June 2024. Admission FREE (excludes guided tours and sittings), with donations welcome. Please note pre-bookable guided site tours remain available. Book online here: https://manxnationalheritage.im/…/castletown-heritage…/

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

Opened in 1821 this Georgian building holds the accolade as being the first purpose-built debating chamber on the Isle of Man for Members of the House of Keys.  Some of the most fundamental and lasting debates around rights and freedom, freedom of the press, votes for women, took place during the 50 years the House of Keys sat in this building in Castletown. As well as passing laws that were to have long lasting cultural impacts for the Island, as in should motor racing be allowed on open roads.

In 1874, the House of Keys moved to Douglas.

Book your visit at Castle Rushen Shop or Online

Things to do and see

  • Come as part of a group and receive a warm welcome from the Secretary of the House on arrival and be guided by the Speaker as he explains each Bill
  • Sit at the long table in the House of Keys as it was in 1866 be part of the debate and try to anticipate who will be your political allies and who your rivals
  • Cast your vote to decide the Island’s future. Discover if your vote aligns with what Victorian politicians voted for at the time

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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