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Carisbrooke Castle, Newport

Categories: Castles, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
Most people know Carisbrooke Castle as the place where Charles I was imprisoned. Nowadays this 12th-century Norman castle offers visitors a variety of activities. Explore the grounds of this well-preserved fortress, including the Great Hall, the Great Chamber, and several smaller rooms open to the public. A museum within the castle features Charles I memorabilia and objects connected to the Isle of Wight. Take a stroll along the gravel paths of the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden, and visit the adjacent chapel. Kids will enjoy a visit to the castle's resident donkeys as they demonstrate turning a 16th-century tread wheel. A tearoom serves a selection of hot and cold food, and there is plenty of room for picnicking on the grounds, which have benches and picnic tables. To visit Carisbrooke Castle on your trip to Newport, use our Newport itinerary builder.
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  • Great place to visit if you like your history. I really enjoyed visiting this castle and just wish it was accessible more easily from the mainland so I could visit more often. 
  • I have been here several times over the years and it has improved hugely. Unfortunately the donkey well was not open due to staff shortages but very interesting looking round. 
  • The short film they show to give you a brief history of the castle is just right for informing without boring. Walking round the castle walls give you a great idea of what it must have been like to de...  read more »
  • Great to visit. Spacious grounds. Plenty of car parking. Lots of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert memorabilia and locations very well displayed. Good food at both the cafeteria and the restaurant in the old chapel of the house
  • A great day out taking in the heritage of this magnificent site. We enjoyed walking round the walls and also the donkey in the wheel which was traditionally used for raising water to supply the water in times gone by. Staff were friendly and well versed in the rich history of the castle, the museum was worth visiting too with a range of interesting exhibits from across the ages.
  • Great castle, we got a 2-for1 entry, but were told to download it twice as there was 4 of us. Having been to other English heritage places, it was very similar. The views are amazing but loads of steps, so expect to climb. Defo recommend
  • Great family day out when they have the events on. We like the jousting event and Halloween was quite good too. Good views, friendly staff, interesting history.
  • Wonderful day out on the island. A real castle and the jousting event in August is a real treat. Helpful staff and easy parking
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