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Carisbrooke Castle

| Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY, England
+44 1983 522107
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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 years of history with entertaining events in the summer.
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| Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY, England
+44 1983 522107
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Reviewed yesterday

We were fortunate to be on Wight in a week when there were jousting and other events at Carisbrooke, so visited during those. They were great fun. Aside from special events, it's a fairly small castle with the usual sort of stuff t see and...More

Thank JT_LDN
Reviewed yesterday

We did not know that there was a special event on the day we went. When we arrived the car parking, although sufficient, was chaotic to say the least but free to us as National Trust members. Most of the activities were aimed at kids...More

Thank Bobbins1942
Reviewed yesterday

We took the bus to Carisbrook, where we had quite a long walk to the castle. We were lucky enough to go on a day when they had a jousting tournament on. The castle itself is wonderful and well worth the trip, although the walk...More

Thank Denise S
Reviewed 2 days ago

CarisBrooke Castle is a hugely impressive castle and one that has evolved through the ages. The medieval Wales remain but the bastions and artillery gun platforms bear testament to the evolution. Equally significantly though is are the links with royalty through both the imprisonment of...More

Thank keviney01
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very interesting Castle to visit, with different areas including a Museum, the Well House, Donkey Yard, The Keep, Shop and all the surrounding outdoor areas. And if well planned, we can end up visiting in a day with specific attractions, which was the case:...More

Thank Maria R
Reviewed 2 days ago

As English Heritage members enjoying free access we have so far visited twice whilst on holiday. This is a small but perfectly formed castle with plenty of history over it's thousand year life span and a great little museum (run by a separate trust but...More

Thank Sally H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Took advantage of a summer special event - jousting on the bowling green. Not only a chance to look around the castle but got to see jousting and other fantastic entertainment. Narrowly missed out on getting volunteered to have knives juggled around me (phew!)

Thank castironjaffacake
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were lucky to be there during their Medieval Festival. There were many people in costumes. The climb up to the top of the wall is not for the old or those who have trouble walking. A long way up steep stairs. But the view...More

Thank Barbara-AnnW
Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved our visits to the castle. We went twice as the kids loved it so much. It is so interesting and there is lots to do here. We joined English Heritage here to make the most of the other attractions on the Island. There...More

Thank Scyliorhinus
Reviewed 4 days ago

A truly amazing castle surrounded by an extremely wide (now dried up) moat, walking around the battlements gave an amazing view of the surrounding countryside. There is plenty to see in the grounds of the castle, including the working donkeys and the flower garden. Inside...More

Thank Jansee2014
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30 July 2017|
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Response from EnglishHeritageTA | Property representative |
Hi Karen, unfortunately we do not have an audio tour at Carisbrooke, however there is plentiful interpretation on signage around the site giving info on what you are seeing. ^Matt
22 March 2017|
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Response from Caroline d | Reviewed this property |
The ground level is spectacular but the steps do get a little steep although handrails are also there if that would help.
30 December 2016|
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Response from Caroline1651 | Reviewed this property |
You could cheerfully spend all day here! There is so much to see and do. BUT; it's weather-dependent. There is at least as much outside as inside, so go on a dry day if you want to appreciate the full experience.