Carisbrooke Castle

The grounds of Carisbrooke Castle are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open, but all indoor areas remain closed. Safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

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Open Daily 10am - 5pm

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Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1XY

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?
    • Interior spaces - All interior spaces will remain closed.
    • Donkey demonstrations - The wheel and well house will be closed, and well house but demonstrations will not be taking place at the moment. Instead you can meet the donkeys in the Stable Yard.
    • Museum - The museum will remain closed.
  • Visiting after 16 May

    Carisbrooke Castle's interior spaces will open on 17 May, in line with government guidelines. At Carisbrooke Castle this includes The Drum Towers, Chapel and Guard House.

    The tearoom will open with indoor and outdoor seating, and it will also offer takeaway.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.
    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.

  • How are you keeping us safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

What's On

Guidebook: Carisbrooke Castle

Price: £5.00

 Carisbrooke Timeline

C 1000Early Days

The hilltop site becomes the site of a rectangular fortification, probably built as a refuge from Viking raids.

1066-86First Castle

William FitzOsbern is granted the Isle of Wight. He probably builds the first castle to secure the Isle of Wight for the Normans.

Find out more about the history of Carisbrooke Castle

View of one of the holiday cottages at Carisbrooke Castle

Holiday in the castle without having to kill a dragon or wake a sleeping princes

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