Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Carisbrooke Castle

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. To book your visit, click here.

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs.

  • Castle Grounds - The castle grounds will be open. One way systems will be in place to help guide your way around the route.
  • Exhibitions -The castle's Guardhouse, offering an introduction to the site and its history, will remain open.
  • Donkey demonstrations - The wheel and well house will be open to view but demonstrations will not be taking place at the moment. Instead you can meet the donkeys in the Stable Yard.
  • Summer Adventure Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here and learn more below.
  • Indoor Spaces – The Wheel House will be open to allow viewing of the wheel. The Castle Chapel and the Castle Museum will be closed. 
  • Cafe - The Castle Tea Room will be open for take-away drinks and cakes. A one-way queuing system is in place. Our tea room is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop - The castle’s smaller shop within the grounds will be open, using a one-way system. The main shop will remain closed.
  • Toilets - The castle's toilet facilities will be open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available in various locations.
  • Face masks - Face coverings must be worn in Carisbrooke Castle's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.

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Summer Explorer Quest

This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail though the castle grounds and track down the clues - crack them all to claim your adventurer's certificate. Kick off your quest at Carisbrooke Castle every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.

Download your trail map

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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