Carisbrooke Castle

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  • Meet our famous donkeys
At the heart of the Island's history Meet the castle's famous donkeys Take time in the castle’s chapel
 
 

One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can still play bowls on the very green Charles used. For a castle that has lived through more than 800 years of service, including resisting a siege by the French and seeing off the Spanish Armada, it's also wonderfully well preserved.

There are all the ingredients here for a great value family day out in the Isle of Wight. Children will love dressing up as Norman soldiers or Civil War troopers, and meeting the castle's famous donkeys. For the grown-ups, the Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden is a joy to explore. There are fascinating artefacts on display in Carisbrooke Castle Museum housed in the great hall, St Peter's Chapel and Constable's Lodging. The latter was used as Princess Beatrice's summer residence until 1938 whilst she was the governor of the island.

Don't Miss

  • The Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by TV presenter and award winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, with a bronze statue of the war horse, Warrior
  • The tranquil castle chapel and museum with its fascinating Charles I memorabilia.
  • Feeding and grooming demonstrations at the donkey centre.

Events At Carisbrooke Castle

  • Spooky Castle

    Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014

    Let your little horrors scare themselves silly this Halloween with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore!

Prices and opening times

directions

Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight - PO30 1XY (Directions)

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