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Carisbrooke Castle

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An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. Carisbrooke is a quintessential romantic castle. Here you'll find loveable donkeys, a fascinating museum and an Edwardian garden. Your can also experience hundreds of...more
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Carisbrooke Castle Castle Hill | Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY, England
+44 1983 522107
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Carisbrooke Castle is located by the village of Carisbrooke to the South West of Newport on the Isle Of Wight. Carisbrooke is a well maintained Castle and was the Prison of King Charles 1 for 10 months in 1647/8. It is a Motte and Bailey...More

Thank HarryJH
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited Carisbrooke Castle on a whim thinking we weren't going to be there long and probably wouldn't find much there. Proved very wrong! Brilliant place to visit and found out there's so much history there. Very pleased we went. Learnt a lot about the...More

Thank hayleytolley0
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely castle but let down by catering. Cafe needs better trained staff. Visit but take a picnic. Do picnic inside the castle as they do not provide picnic benches anywhere else.

Thank AndyandChrisKent
Reviewed 4 days ago

We expected a simple ruin, but found a gorgeous chapel, a fascinating museum and an historic building. We also enjoyed the walk around the battlements. If you want to view everything then be prepared to climb an awful lot of steps. The best part of...More

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had not visited Carisbrooke Castle before and found it very interesting, although there is a lot of information that you could take on board. The access to the ramparts are precarious in parts and as it had been raining all morning the steep steps...More

Thank Rosa B
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see, a hidden gem in the Isle of Wight, just can’t get too much history, A bigger place then first thought, the views from the rampart of the Keep are superb.

Thank Cliff G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were very helpful at reception, except for the sense in which we felt there was a "hard sell" to get us to join English Heritage (we are already National Trust members and feel that's enough). It was OK as far as ancient buildings...More

Thank tpat_velo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time I’ve been in years and must say it was more interesting than I remembered. It did help that it was a lovely day, so walking around the ramparts, you could see for miles. Very interesting and a keen man working in museum, which...More

Thank Gardenerrich
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good example of a 12th century castle still lived in until the 1940's by Queen Victoria's daughter Beatrice, some interesting exhibits, don't miss the star attraction that is the twice daily visit of one of the donkeys who's brief demonstration on the waterwheel shows how...More

Thank topman190832
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on our last but one day of our holiday and spent a couple of hours round it well worth a visit

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Jennifer T
7 September 2018|
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Response from TapWater_Reviews | Reviewed this property |
Yes - we saw a range of dogs there, just not on the highest points of the castle walls!
8 June 2018|
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Response from BimblingA1 | Reviewed this property |
Hiya. I don’t work there I’m afraid so can’t answer with certainty but if memory serves properly there are several demos from mid morning to mid afternoon. I think they’re about every 45 mins? Could ring and check?
emma e
9 April 2018|
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Response from Addztaylor-123 | Reviewed this property |
8 bells, its just at the bottom of the hill from carisbrooke castle