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Rushen Abbey – Mannishter Rushen

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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

Rushen Abbey is open Thursday – Monday 11am – 3pm from the 1st April – 31st October 2022.

AUTUMN OPENING EXTENDED UNTIL 29 NOVEMBER

From 1 – 29 November Rushen Abbey is open Saturday to Tuesday, 11am to 3pm.

Admission

Adults £8.00
Students over the age of 18 with a valid Student Card £4.00
Children FREE

All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Concessions available

Holiday Passes for visitors.

Group discounts available to pre-booked group visitors of 15 or more paying visitors.
Pre-book in advance.

Free entry available to children aged 5 to 18 with a current student card, including tours.

Student entry half price with a current student card, including tours.

Annual Passes for Isle of Man residents.

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 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 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

Location

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

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