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Castle Rushen is an early 13th century stone keep and bailey fortress, founded by the Viking Kings of Mann. In 1313, King Robert the Bruce besieged, captured and partly destroyed the castle but by the mid 14th century, William de Montacute had rebuilt the fortification. The central square keep in its inner courtyard, is encased by a 14th century curtain wall, flanked by square towers and a massive gatehouse. Probably the finest medieval castle in the British Isles, there are also 16th century Henrician additions of a surrounding glacis, with small round towers. Visit pending. 12 miles north is Peel Castle.
Castle Rushen is located in the centre of Castletown, off the A5. 9 miles south-west of Douglas, on the A5.
The site is owned by Manx National Heritage and is open daily, early March to May, September and October 10:00-4:00pm, June to August 10:00-5:00pm.
There is a car park nearby.