Rushen Abbey – Mannishter Rushen

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  • Wheelchair Access

Rushen Abbey (Mannishter Rushen) was gifted by King Olaf I for use as a monastery in 1134. The centre tells its story from 1134 to Strawberry Tea dances and days of disco.

Rushen Abbey – Mannishter Rushen

Opening Times

Open Thursday – Monday from 28th March – 3rd November 2024

12pm – 4pm

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Last entry 3.30pm


Adults £9

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

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



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.


Situated in Ballasalla

Almost 900 years ago, King Olaf I gave land for an Abbey. People have been drawn here ever since.

Learn about Abbey life through the ages, from the 1180’s to strawberry tea dancing to the heady days of 1980s disco. Visitors can follow the family friendly ‘Monky Business’ activities including throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel, making sounds of the Abbey and the fruit picking challenge in the Jam Factory. You can also enjoy time in gardens with play mats and toys available for babies and tots, this peaceful setting is the perfect location for a family picnic.

Originally a home for monks of the Sauvignac Order, Rushen Abbey came under Cistercian control and was developed as the Isle of Man’s seat of religious power housing the main body of knowledge and literacy for the Island.

Stroll through the Abbey Gardens to find remains of substantial medieval buildings, blossom trees and an array of herbs and flowers – many used to cure common ailments. You can also follow the footpath beyond the Abbey to the 14th century Monk’s Bridge in the nearby Silverdale Glen.


Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • Have fun with the games in the ‘Jam Factory’
  • Stories of the famous strawberry and cream tea dances
  • The Chronicles of Man, the earliest written account of the Isle of Man
  • Delicious food in the Abbey Restaurant – it’s advisable to pre-book on 01624 822393


Address: Mill Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DB

Phone: +44 1624 823048

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Transport: Buses services 1, 1A, 1H, 2, 2A, 11, 11A, 12, 12A to Ballasalla. Isle of Man Steam Railway Ballasalla Stop

Essential Info

Drone Policy: The flying of unauthorised drones is not permitted at Rushen Abbey.

Here are some useful FAQ’s

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