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Isle of Wight: Carisbrooke Castle Entry Ticket

1. Isle of Wight: Carisbrooke Castle Entry Ticket

Carisbrooke Castle has stories to intrigue any visitor. This mighty medieval fortress was a prison for a tragic king and home of Queen Victoria's youngest daughter. Founded around 1100, the castle was key to the Isle of Wight's defense for over nine centuries. First, enjoy an overview of the people and events which have shaped the castle's history by watching an introductory film. Then, patrol the battlements and climb the steep steps up the massive castle mound for unrivalled views from the Norman keep. Explore the powerful medieval gatehouse and the ruins of Carey's Mansion. Discover the stronghold's original domestic buildings, adapted by later residents. See the room from which Charles I attempted to escape - but got stuck in the window bars. Enjoy the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden, with its fountain and plantings in the rich colors of the royal arms. Don't forget to greet the Carisbrooke donkeys on their daily 6-minute stint of treading the water wheel - demonstrating how it was used for centuries to draw up water from the castle well. Finally admire the statue of the war horse Warrior, loaned to English Heritage as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Much more to do at Carisbrooke Castle than I’d previously imagined: donkeys, a fascinating museum, a lovely little chapel, a walk around the walls with scenic views, a pretty garden, and a tea room. Highly recommended.

very good place to visit, best to book a ticket in advance as covid restrictions on numbers in place. would not suggest the wall walk for older people who have difficulty with steps.

I really enjoyed my visit at Carisbrooke Castle. The place is beautiful, there is a lot to see, there is an amazing lawn to relax and I learnt new things about English history

Excellent Very interesting and Historically accurate Castle Aimed at all ages Guides were well informed and unobtrusive

Lovely day looking around had lunch is the tea room helpful staff and a well looked after grounds