Set in the peaceful village of Ballasalla lies one of the most important religious sites in the Isle of Man. Rushen Abbey was gifted by King Olaf I for use as a monastery in 1134 and through time has had a number of uses, most popular in the first half of the last century for strawberry teas and tea dances. Today the Abbey ruins sit in the tranquil gardens where you'll also find herbs and wildflowers. The visitor centre tells the story of the Abbey from 1134 to the present day. Here you can learn about earliest written account of the Isle of Man, The Chronicles of the Kings of Man and the Isles, discover archaeologist's film diaries and excavations or hear a tale from School mistress Miss Bell Anne Stowell. Treat yourself to a meal or delightful afternoon tea in the neighbouring Abbey Restaurant, but be sure to book especially at weekends.
Open Easter to October