Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • mouikey
    87 contributions
    Brilliant and historical day out
    Overall we had a fabulous time at Carisbrook Castle. We went during their Easter event which, even in the rain was great fun. Lots of free car parking available and both inside and outside activities and exploring. We always love seeing the donkeys but this time they weren’t working due to the event. My daughter loved the jousting practice and the fantastic duo who showed us various sleight of hand games. The cafe had a good and varied menu, but can get busy at peak times, especially when it rains. All the staff (bar one sadly) were helpful and friendly and willing to give information about the exhibits. We particularly enjoyed the earthquake computer (but it’s tucked away in the museum so do look it out). Really worth a visit especially if you’re EH or CSSC members
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2023
  • 902mavis
    Swanage, United Kingdom22 contributions
    Interesting place to Visit
    Very interesting castle, it has been kept very authentic. reasonably priced to go in for these type of places. Nice cafe and shop. Loved the chapel, beautiful ceilings and windows. They have done an excellent job with the museum. Only downside was the donkeys! I don’t feel there is any need for them, put on a display about how they use to work, but don’t keep the poor things there. I’m sure they are well looked after, but two looked very sad and very thin. On the whole interesting place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2023
  • BundyClub
    Bundanoon, Australia541 contributions
    Good to go, make sure you get the right bus.
    The castle is located above the town of Carisbrooke near Newport. We caught bus line 6 from Newport and got off at the Castle Hill stop this was a mistake as it involved quite a long uphill walk. We should have caught a line 12 bus (which we caught back) - still an uphill climb but not as far. The castle visit itself was well organised, well signposted. The museum was very interesting. The walk around the castle walls(you can almost go all the way around) gives unrivalled views over the town and countryside. The water wheel demonstration by the donkeys was very interesting and the care shown by the handler to the donkey admirable.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Charli M
    Coventry, United Kingdom150 contributions
    Interesting place
    Lovely day out - dog also enjoyed a run in the nearby meadow. Interesting history here, though a shame that King Charles’ cell has been renovated and the original window replaced. But a lot of his and his family’s artefacts still remain. Also got to see a very hungry and impatient donkey at work in the well house.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 May 2023
  • DillonM1905
    Laramie, Wyoming433 contributions
    Awesome Castle on Wight
    This is an awesome castle. The castle grounds and fortifications are quite extensive. You can walk the ramparts almost all the way around the castle. There is a shrine to Charles I who was housed here before his execution and a nice museum associated with the castle and region within the residences. We have seen a lot of castles and this one is truly worth the stop. EH is getting very expensive though - even have to pay for parking, what a pain.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 23 May 2023
  • Annie
    Tidworth, United Kingdom1,111 contributions
    Interesting castle
    We are members of English Heritage and my partner was excited when he saw this castle advertised on the ferry over. Really interesting and we enjoyed our visit. You can walk on the ramparts and look over the whole castle. They have donkeys at the castle who are very well looked after and only do demonstrations for 6 minutes a day (& not if it’s too hot). Donkeys have been resident at the castle for hundreds of years and used to work the well for a fresh supply of water. We had a look around the chapel, the museum and Princess Beatrice’s garden. We took a picnic with us. We also treated ourselves to some Tipsy Wight vodka.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • S R
    World6 contributions
    great museum but not a cheap day out
    Plenty to explore with walks along the walls, a big keep and a bastion walk around the perimeter. There's a lovely (small) garden & chapel plus donkeys. We didn't bother with the demonstration of a donkey on a wheel as the area was too tight. The best bit was a large independent museum in the grounds with lots of history and variety in the exhibits - don't miss it. We felt the day was expensive, especially as the museum has to ask for donations on top of the entry fee and parking charge already paid. But if you can afford it, then it's worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • angelafarrance
    Hastings, United Kingdom1,034 contributions
    Great castle
    Great morning out at this beautiful castle, lots to see and a walk upto the top of the ramparts is a must, stunning views. You can see the resident donkeys. Plenty of picnic areas and places to sit. We are EH members so you get in free
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • salsakarl
    Ringwood, United Kingdom284 contributions
    What a surprise, naively thought it was a ruin !
    We visited this after joining English Heritage ( at Osborn House) , and as we parked, glanced at the castle, thinking that it was a ruin ( like corfe castle). It was not. It was possible to wander around the ramparts, taking in the magnificent views, there is a chapel, guard room, demonstrations, and more. I cannot imagine it ever feeling crowded, such is the size of the place. Hopefully my pics will provide a thousand words !
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Mat B
    53 contributions
    Chance visit and thoroughly enjoyable
    Right from the very receptionist to the guides, all of the staff were happy and helpful. All the boards were informative and the whole property was clean and well kept. From a couples day to a family day, I would recommend a visit. If you are afraid of heights I would give the very highest part of the wall a miss.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
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Tim C
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Went to the castle x2 in a week, so much to do and see, enjoyable walks around the grounds, good food and coffee, independent museum and the working donkeys.
Staff were amazing helpful and chatty, always there to answer questions.
Thank you to al for a great week.
Written 15 February 2024
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annieS2021
Newport, UK47 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We didn't manage to get to the castle to visit but wanted to add a note that they accept Blue Peter badge entry so it's on our list to see next time we're on the Isle of Wight !
Written 3 November 2023
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nik030
Bournemouth, UK53 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Great castle ruins to explorw. Wo derful demonstration from ned and jigsaw in the well house. Views across the valley is fantastic.
Written 26 October 2023
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Andy S
Clanfield, UK613 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
A cut above the average UK castle - more like a small town inside the walls and the donkey wheel is a must. Also a very good museum on site with very helpful and knowledgeable staff on hand
Written 24 October 2023
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Adele
Romsey, UK6 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The castle did not disappoint! Spectacular views and well kept grounds. We were able to enjoy the experience with our toddler and dogs which made the whole experience so worth while.
Written 16 October 2023
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Alliej1
Newquay, UK53 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Popped here after being told about the donkeys on the wheel.

Staff were very friendly and helpful on arrival.

We headed straight for the tea rooms for some lunch, and the food was lovely. Great that we could take the dogs in, and they had doggie ice cream!

Had a great walk around the wall. Had we not hiked miles the day before, I'm sure we would have made more use of the walks around the grounds.

Loved meeting the donkeys and watching Jack turn the wheel.
Written 13 October 2023
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Rosamund O
Warwickshire, UK78 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Great place lovely atmosphere plenty to see and do for all ages access for people with a disability very good staff very helpful good value for money
Written 11 October 2023
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Steve Humphrey
8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Excellent venue, full of history. Friendly staff.
Good facilities and dog friendly. ( Would benefit from dog bowls around the site and some tether points e.g. at the bottom of the Keep.)
Plenty of places to sit. Great views from the walkway.
Written 9 October 2023
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Nick
Nottingham, UK236 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A well preserved castle with lots to see how life was when it was in use.

The well house has a demonstration with a donkey at frequent times over the day.

Interesting to see the various videos of its use and all other information boards. Liked thatvwe could go all the way up to the keep and walk all the castle walls.

We spent around 3 hours here.
Good facilities for baby changing. Not so good for Prams, but it is a castle after all, so we used a papoose.

Written 6 October 2023
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narahlaing
Kent, UK8 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We visited Carisbrooke whilst on our honeymoon and it was a beautiful day out. The views were absolutely stunning from the walk around the top of the castle wall, however please keep in mind that at points this part was quite uneven ground with steep stairs so may be difficult for some people. The cafe was overpriced as they always are at places like this but the staff were lovely and the food was fine. We were lucky enough to catch one of the donkey demonstrations in the well house which was one of the highlights of Carisbrooke for us - highly recommend sticking around to watch!
Written 4 October 2023
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