||Mar 29th - May 31st 2013: Daily, 10am - 4pm |
Jun 1st - Aug 31st 2013: Daily, 10am - 5pm
Abbey Restaurant: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 10pm
PRICES FOR 2013
Family 2 adults and 2 children: £11
Groups (adult, pre-booked): £3.60
Groups (adult, un-booked): £4
FREE: Holders of a valid 5 Site Pass, 10 Day Heritage Explorer Pass, ACE Card holders and reciprocal agreement members.
||Ample, close by in Car Park
Rushen Abbey was founded in 1134 by Monks of the Sauvignac Order from
Furness Abbey in Cumbria on land
granted to them by King Olaf I. In 1147 the order came into Cistercian
control and by 1257 the Abbey Church was completed. The site included over
a mile of land to the south and west as well as land holdings in Malew,
Lezayre and Lonan. The Abbey built its church and buildings to the required
rules of St Benedict. The monks also followed the strict rules of worship
set out. The location of the Abbey was selected due to its close proximity
to Castle Rushen, which was nearly two miles away in the town of Castletown.
The Abbey went through a boom in the early 1900's as its grounds were turned
into gardens with refreshments. Most famous were the strawberries and cream.
The site however fell into disrepair after World War II and by the 1980's
the grounds were in a very bad state. After many attempts by the Manx
Government to buy the site, it was finally acquired it in May 1998. Soon
after Manx National Heritage began to excavate the site and reconstruct life
at the old Abbey. Extensive restoration work was done in 2000, when a modern
interactive museum was added with children's play area.
Ballasalla is in the south of the island near Castletown.
Ballasalla is near Castletown along the A5 (Douglas Road).
Plan your journey with our Bus and Rail Timetables.
Ballasalla can be reached by the taking the Electric Railway to Douglas
and then the Steam Railway to Ballasalla.
Ballasalla can be reached on the Steam Railway from Douglas going to Port
Erin or by taking the Port Erin train going to Douglas.
Live Digs with Interactive Viewing Room
Large Model of Rushen Abbey and Building
Garden Walkways with Picnic Area
Visiting the Rushen Abbey
Set near the Ballasalla are the ruins of a church once built by monks.
The site has been preserved by Manx National Heritage who still run active
digs around the church. Visitors are first welcomed into a large modern
building with an interactive museum. Passing through the museum where
audio and video presentations, as well as models, and signs tell the story
of Rushen Abbey. Part of the museum has been specially designed for children.
Allowing them to be a monk, build an arch, dig for artifacts and much more.
Once out of the museum visitors find themselves over looking the ruins of
Rushen Abbey. Paths and signs mark out key locations, explaining different
parts of the abbey. There is large garden area with wild flowers, herbs,
and trees. A picnic area with umbrella covered tables welcomes people to
enjoy a break. Rushen Abbey is great for children and families, but don't
forget to bring some refreshments.
Friday 22 July 2016 - Saturday 23 July 2016
Shakespeares's The Tempest. Bring a picnic and enjoy this epic drama in the open air. Please wear suitable clothing and bring along chairs or blankets to sit on. 7pm start. Adults £22, children £12. Tickets from the Manx Museum, House of Manannan, Rushen Abbey, Peel Castle and online. Peel Castle,, Peel, 01624648000.
Sunday 24 July 2016
Shakespeare's The Tempest. Bring a picnic and enjoy this epic drama in the open air. Please wear suitable clothing and bring along chairs or blankets to sit on. 2pm start. Adults £22, children £12. Tickets from the Manx Museum, House of Manannan, Rushen Abbey, Peel Castle and online. Rushen Abbey,, Ballasalla, 01624648000.
Sunday 28 August 2016
Little People's Picnic. A picnic especially for all the 'Little People' on the Isle of Man. Fairies, goblins and other mythical creatures will find lots to do in the Abbey gardens-Manx fairy trail, crafts, storytelling, face painting and garden games. 11am until 4pm. Rushen Abbey,, Ballasalla, 01624648000.
|Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)
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Rushen Abbey, Ballasalla, Isle of Man: First archaeological report (Centre for Manx Studies Research Report)|
Centre for Manx Studies, Paperback, 1999
Rushen Abbey: Investigating and Presenting the Islands Most Important Medieval Religious Site|
Manx National Heritage
Manx National Heritage, Paperback, 21 April, 2000
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