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The Old House of Keys

+44 1624 648000
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Interesting History

I wouldn't make a special visit just to see this attraction but it's ok to tie in with other... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Halifax, United Kingdom
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Need to go during the debates

The tour guide tried their best, to turn a few rooms into life. There are two debates per day... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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The Old House of Keys in Castletown was once the centre of 19th century political life on the Island. The building is one chapter in the long and often turbulent history of Manx politics which stretches back to the 9th and 10th centuries when the Viking Kings ruled the Isle of Man. The fascinating Old House of Keys building has been restored to its former appearance of 1866 – a milestone in Manx history when the old self-elected House of Keys took its first steps along the road to modern democracy by passing the House of Keys Election Bill and becoming a popularly elected body. During your visit you’ll see how democracy developed in the Island – sometimes years ahead of England – and the effect that political decisions have had and continue to have on the Manx nation. You’ll meet the costumed secretary of this historic building before taking a seat in the finely restored debating chamber where you’ll enjoy an active debate on setting the laws of the Island.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wouldn't make a special visit just to see this attraction but it's ok to tie in with other attractions in the area. Staff were well informed and friendly

Thank Gail7887
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour guide tried their best, to turn a few rooms into life. There are two debates per day, which if we had time we would have returned for.

Thank DaveMcInally
Reviewed 4 May 2017

I visited the Old House of Keys right at the end of the day so it was only a quick stop in to have a look. However the guide was really welcoming and provided fantastic knowledge about the history of the building, the Manx parliament...More

Thank 94thMinute
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

A very interesting visit to the house of keys in the old capital Castletown. We took part in a debate reenacting a session of the lower house. It gave a great insight into the workings.

Thank John N
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We went as a group and were invited into their debating chamber where we were greeted by the parliament secretary and invited to re-enact actual debates from their past and make decisions just like they did. We were then told just what really happened. It...More

Thank Peter L
Reviewed 21 April 2017

They were not debating on the day we called but we had a very interesting talk from a knowledgeable guide.

Thank Jrfamily15
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Visited whilst in Castletown and found it a very informative visit giving a brief history of the IOM Government. There is a debate you can participate in twice a day, we didn't but it would be good fun I guess. You can gain entry with...More

Thank AgedMan
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Amazingly Castletown was once the capital of the Isle of Man and equally amazingly this was the parliament. Worth a visit.

Thank BrushM
Reviewed 17 November 2016

It is a nice place too see and find out more about Isle of Man history, but not only. A visit here is less than one hour and the place is close to Castle Rushen.

Thank photocetera
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Although I found it hard to find the Old House of Keys - was glad I did The staff were so very helpful and full of the history of the building, the rulers, the politics and the Island

Thank Neil P
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Pam E
What is the admission charge for the Old House of Keys, I have a Manx National Heritage card but my friend doesn't, but we are both senior citizens. Are there any debates taking place next week?
18 May 2017|
Response from John N | Reviewed this property |
Debates most days. No ticket office on site, available from castle Rushen other side of the square. Entry free. For debate £6 charge. Enjoy!
susan H
is it wheelchair friendly?
24 June 2016|
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Response from Freddie M | Reviewed this property |
Don't know but the front steps were not very high.