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The Old House of Keys

+44 1624 648000
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Called in to have a look, not a great deal to see but staff happy to take the time to talk you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
York, United Kingdom
via mobile
Go at 11 or 2:45 for the "show". Well worth it.

Sounds boring but go during these times and you are a participant in the meetings. The man who ran... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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

Called in to have a look, not a great deal to see but staff happy to take the time to talk you through history and answer any questions! Can imagine the debate session to be good and fun if you can manage to make one.

Thank IanG9290YB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sounds boring but go during these times and you are a participant in the meetings. The man who ran the event made it really fun and informative. Don't take yourself too seriously and you will have a great time. Would be nice to see anyways...More

Thank Funinthesunadventure
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They were just about about to have lunch but we had a quick visit to the Old house of Keys and a quick talk from a very friendly guide. I think the debate would be quite good to see if you could arrange to go...More

Thank adam_nwuk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't want to spoil the surprise of this attraction so won't give you details. Sufficient to say its an interactive attraction which is great fun. Its also educational. Its not suitable for small children, I would say from 12 upwards as they have to...More

Thank 15traveladdict9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting to hear about the local history of the Manx government from a keen well informed guide. I imaging the interactive session would be good but it was fully booked when we visited.

Thank PJ777
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must do if you are in theIOM. It is a free attraction and the people who run it are so welcoming.The anamatronica man is so weird to see him blink then start talking.Sadly we was on a coach party so did not...More

Thank lottie49
Reviewed 12 July 2017

One hour interactive presentation. Really informative, engaging and interesting . History of the lower chamber of government. Very unexpected

Thank julesmats
Reviewed 6 July 2017

This attraction is all about one large room where all Isle of man legislation used to be passed.The feeling of history is added to by the great role play of the guide.Also lovely to get involved in the voting process and see the screens and...More

Thank levantzawn
Reviewed 28 June 2017

The Live Guide, the Animated Speaker and the Talking pictures make this an interesting experience and the Voting does not always agree with what actually happened especially "Votes for Women" Well worth spending an hour

1  Thank Rod B
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This was an interesting place to look around ...the table in the picture was set out for each member attending from the various parts of the Island with a copy of the agenda. the gentleman on duty was very informative

1  Thank Barbara C
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Pam E
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
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.