Castles and Wheel to open for weekend visitors

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Peel Castle, Laxey Wheel and Castle Rushen are set to open to the public at weekends, starting from this Saturday (February 9).

Timed to coincide with the half-term break, the weekend openings are designed to provide an opportunity to explore three of the island’s most iconic heritage sites outside of the traditional summer season.

Manx National Heritage director Edmund Southworth said: ‘Late winter and early spring are often a beautiful time of the year here and we hope that both residents and visitors will enjoy the opportunity to visit Castle Rushen, Peel Castle and Laxey Wheel at this time of year. Visitors to Laxey Wheel and Castle Rushen will also have the chance to learn about some of the conservation work currently taking place there, including work to the West Tower of Castle Rushen and work on the T-Rocker at the wheel.’

The three sites will open each Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm, before they open daily from March 23.

The House of Manannan, Manx Museum, Niarbyl and the Sound are open all year round. All other Manx National Heritage sites open on Good Friday, March 29.

The Victorian Steam Railway Service will begin on Valentine’s Day and the Manx Electric Railway will commence services on March 9.

Admission charges to the Manx National Heritage sites remain unchanged for the 2013 season and local residents planning to undertake multiple visits are encouraged to join the Friends of Manx National Heritage or bu a season pass, which provides access to all Manx National Heritage sites for only £20.

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