Plans to make Castle Rushen more accessible submitted

Manx National Heritage wants to make changes to Castle Rushen to make it more accessible for wheelchair users.

The organisation has submitted a planning application seeking permission to make several alterations to the site, including adding a new ramp to improve access to the ground floor.

MNH also wants to relocate the visitor shop to the outer guard house and replace a bridge which it says is in poor repair.

Currently, visitors who are disabled or use wheelchairs are faced with a large threshold step when going from the Keep to the ground floor castle rooms, but it's hoped the ramp would significantly improve access.

The proposed changes are designed to have a minimal effect on the historic structure, causing as little disturbance to the historic fabric as possible.