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Built on the site of a Viking stonghold, Cashtal Rushen is an excellent example medieval fortress and is situated in the heart of the Castletown. It overlooks the harbour and was probably built to defend the mouth of the Silverburn River. Although the exact date of its construction in uncertain historians believe this took place around the end of the 12th century. The castle has seen its fair share of conflict and was damaged by the forces of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland, in 1313 AD. It was recaptured by Sir William Montacute, Earl of Salisbury and ally of King Edward III of England in 1344AD. The famous clock of Rushen Castle was a gift from Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1597 and continues working even today. At times during its long history it has been used as a fortress, a mint, royal residence, and prison. It is currently used a court house and museum. The Grey lady of the Castle is said to haunt the drawbridge and towers. Historians believe she may be one of the many people who were executed within the castle walls. She is sometimes seen with a young boy that some researchers suggest is the son she was falsely accused of killing. There are many excellent displays representing the history of the castle from the Middle Ages up to the 17th century.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
A6 / Shap Road, Kendal
Cumbria, England, LA9 6NY
+44 (0)1539 741 363

Contact Details

  • Address: Castle Street, Castletown, Isle of Man, United Kingdom, IM9 1LD
  • GPS: 54.0738,-4.652931
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1624 648 000
  • Part of UK: Isle of Man
  • Sat Nav Postcode: IM9 1LD
  • Entrance Fees: Yes
  • Disabled Access: Limited - Lower levels only
  • Visibility from Road: Excellent

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