Castletown Travel Guide

  • View from the castle
    View from the castle
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  • The Old Grammar School
    The Old Grammar School
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  • Balladoole Model (Manx Museum)
    Balladoole Model (Manx Museum)
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Castletown Things to Do

  • The Old House of Keys

    The Old House of Keys was once the centre of 19th century politics, before the House of Keys moved to Prospect Hill in Douglas. During a visit you can see how democracy has developed and the effect that political decisions have had. You will meet the secretary of the building before taking a seat in the fully restored debating chamber where there...

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  • The Manx Aviation and Military Museum

    The Manx Aviation and Military Museum is a short distance from Castletown near Ronaldsway Airport. There are three large exhibition rooms with a vast variety of memorabilia representing military, civil and wartime aviation, as well as artefacts outside, including vehicles and machinery. Items include a Bren gun, mannequins in military uniform,...

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  • The Nautical Museum

    The Nautical Museum is home to many different maritime exhibits but its main attraction is The Peggy, a ship which was found in 1935 concealed in a boat cellar. The Peggy had lain undisturbed and undiscovered for 100 years after her owner, Captain George Quayle, had died. The museum is based on the nautical history of the Isle of Man and...

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  • The Old Grammar School

    The Old Grammar School was originally a chapel built about 1200. In 1700 the chapel was turned into a school, with a new extension added. It remained a school until it closed in 1930. It was saved by Manx heritage in the 50's and turned into a tourist site. Everything in the school is how it was left on its last day. There are a number of signs and...

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  • Castle Rushen

    Castle Rushen stands proudly in the centre of Castletown and is an impressive fortress which was once home to the Kings and Lords of Mann. It was originally built for a Norse king in 1265 and then developed by successive rulers between the 13th and 16th centuries. During this time it was used as a fortress, royal residence, a mint and even a...

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  • Monks' Bridge

    Should you decide to visit Rushen Abbey from Castletown, it's worth walking a few hundred yards north of the abbey to the only mediaeval bridge in the Island, the 14th century Monks' Bridge across the Silverburn. From here it is also possible to take a walk through woodland into Lower Silverdale Glen.

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Castletown Restaurants

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    by intertraveler Updated Jun 17, 2009

    This chip shop is down one of the narrow streets from the square.
    It opens in the morning it as a cafe part we had a meal one night.
    The fish chips and peas beter than the cafe in Douglas, the fish was large and not frozen chips. Sitting in Fish chips and peas £6

    Favorite Dish: Fish and chips

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Castletown Nightlife

  • Good to sit outside

    This is another popular pub. Next to the harbour and good views sat outside havind a pint or two. Casual

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  • Good Local

    This pub is very popular and the price of the drinks cheaper than most pubs this may be due to being a free house.There was a good selection of Beers and they also do bar meals we did not try this but I like the home made pasties. casual

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Castletown Transportation

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    by Ellie22 Updated Mar 12, 2014

    The Manx Steam Railway goes from Douglas to Port Erin and operates between March and November. Castletown is one of the larger towns and has a proper railway station. It is then only a short walk to the town square.

    The stops are as follows: Douglas (start/end), Port Soderick (stop), Santon (request), Ballasalla (stop), Ronaldsway (request), Castletown (stop), Ballabeg (request), Colby (stop), Level (request), Port St Mary (stop), Port Erin (start/end).

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Castletown Off The Beaten Path

  • St Michael's Isle (Chapel & Fort)

    St Michael's Isle is the northern most point of the Langness Peninsula (to the east of Castletown). Previously separated at high tide it is now connected to Langness by a causeway built in 18th Century. The isle was designated as a bird sanctuary in the 1930’s and the wild vegetation and rocky coast are a great nesting ground for birds.The chapel...

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  • Hango Hill

    Located along the bay between Derbyhaven and Castletown, the hill is an ancient place of execution, . William Christian of Ronaldsway was shot here for his part in the Manx uprising of 1651 against the Derby family, who held the Island. The ruins are of a late 17th century summerhouse known as Mount Strange, which is a possible prehistoric burial...

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  • Scarlett Visitor Centre

    Scarlett Visitor Centre is between the Scarlett Quarry (the source of the limestone which helped build Castletown) and the limekilns. At the visitor centre you can find maps and displays of the area including information about the geology and fossil remains and the wildlife. There are also nature trails which lead beyond the centre and let you see...

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