Rushen Abbey – Mannishter Rushen

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  • Shop
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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

Now Open Thursday to Sunday, 11am – 3pm.

Admission

Adults £8.00

Children £2.00

 

 

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 2020To 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 for Annual Passes that are due to expire after 20 March 2020. The new expiry date will be Sunday 1 November 2020.
    For any Annual Passes purchased from 12 June 2020, these will expire on 31 October 2021.

    Please note if you have purchased an Annual Pass and 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 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.

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Things to do and see

Don’t miss:

  • ‘Have a go’ at archaeology in the outdoor sandpit
  • 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

Location

Address: Mill Road, Ballasalla, IM9 3DB
Phone: +44 1624 823048

Essential Info

When visiting Rushen Abbey:

  • Please use contactless payments where possible.
  • Please note that areas such as the Jam Factory may remain closed.
  • Please respect other visitors who may still wish to follow social distance measures
  • Please use the hand sanitiser stations provided.

For more information on how we’re opening and what to expect from your visit, click here. Please always check this page before you travel.

Thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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