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, while for the grown-ups, the new Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden is a joy to explore.
Tue 26 - Thu 28 Aug 2014
It is the 15th century and pride is at stake. It’s every man for himself in the ultimate skill-at-arms tournament. With bow, sword and club, four of the best knights duel before the crowds - but only one will emerge victorious.
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
Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight - PO30 1XY
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