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Days Out on the Isle of Wight

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For fascinating places to visit, stunning historic buildings and fun days out for the kids, take a trip to the Isle of Wight.

We have now switched to our summer opening hours, meaning that there is even more time for you to enjoy our properties and events on your visit. Please check opening times before you travel.

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Places to visit : Isle of Wight

Osborne
Osborne

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's family home. Take a glimpse into the private life of the royal family at Osborne House and enjoy the vast estate and gardens.

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Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle

See where King Charles I was imprisoned, climb the ramparts and keep and relax in the new Edwardian-style garden.

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Yarmouth Castle
Yarmouth Castle

Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight provides a picnic spot with views over the Solent for a lovely relaxing family day. Step inside and discover how the rooms were used in the 16th century.

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Appuldurcombe House
Appuldurcombe House

The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and still an important example of English baroque Architecture stands in 'Capability' Brown-designed grounds.

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St Catherine's Oratory
St Catherine's Oratory

A tall medieval octagonal tower, allegedly a lighthouse, built here in 1328 as penance for stealing church property from a wrecked ship.

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Events : Isle of Wight

Small Adventures for Royal Children
Venue: Osborne, Isle of Wight
Date: Fri 01 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Traditional Victorian fun for kids (and mums and dads!) at Swiss Cottage and on Queen Victoria's private beach.

Knights' Tournament
Venue: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Date: 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.

Spooky Castle
Venue: Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Date: 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!

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Down House Garden Tours
Venue: The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Every Weds and Sun in July and August

Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

Enjoy a tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Mon 18 - Fri 22 Aug 2014

Are you ready to join Henry II’s army and fight for the King? Equip yourself with bow, sword or spear and practice battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may be rewarded by the greatest king in Christendom!

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