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Carisbrooke Castle

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Address: | Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY, England
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+44 1983 522107
10:00 - 16:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer...

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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A very nice visit

I wasn't really thrilled to be going here but the visit changed my mind. Last time i visited was about when i was 12 years old. We planned on staying for about 2 hours but stayed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Warlingham, United Kingdom
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Carisbrook castle was in a great position ,and was beautiful to see where queen Victoria's youngest daughter lived out her life. It was a bit chilly the day we went ,so was glad we had our coats on as we walked all around the walls .we saw how a donkey pulled all the workings to get water from the well... More 

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I'm sure if you're into your history you'd really enjoy a visit. We enjoyed our walk round the ramparts and there is a museum and cafe on site, plus the donkeys will appeal to the kids. Lovely photos to be had but wish there had been a bit more of the actual castle to see.

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Warlingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wasn't really thrilled to be going here but the visit changed my mind. Last time i visited was about when i was 12 years old. We planned on staying for about 2 hours but stayed nearly 4 walking around, looking at the displays, walking along the wall and a visit to the coffee shop. It really was a good... More 

Thank HowardFlynn
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having bought a annual membership to English heritage I was eager to use it whilst on holiday. Carbisbrooke castle was on our list. Unfortunately the museum was closed, this was the main area or information. I thought we should have been advised of this prior to admission. I was only glad I hadn't paid a full admission charge! Just hope... More 

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very disappointing visit. Not being overly agile any more did not feel up to climbing onto the ramparts so there was really very little to see. The remaining buildings apart from the church and gatehouse were closed and the small museum was run by a different organisation and solicited additional payments. Overall not worth the £10 entry charge.

Thank travguy
Ryde, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice and near to Newport so it's possible to walk from the town center in 20 mins to the castle. Lovely walks around the Castle with spectacular views. The Carisbrooke Castle had so much history and loads see and touch & do. Don't leave before seeing the donkeys they are great and we'll looked after. Definitely fun for all ages... More 

Thank WHIPPIT_11
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While not the only castle on the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle probably has the most interesting history, especially in regards to Royal History. This was one of the main reasons for us to visit. While some of it is in ruins a lot more of it was still intact and held, among other things, a chapel, museum, apartments, a... More 

Thank Justin B
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Full of great bits to look at and lovely to wander about in nice weather. Good films to educate in a fun way. Lovely little cafe for tea.

Thank Daisymoouk
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We only spent a couple of hours here as we'd completed a walk around the island and it was quite late when we arrived...however it was well worth making the effort. The views from the castle walls, which you can walk all the way around, were fabulous. We enjoyed some cool drinks in the sunshine from their tea room, explored... More 

Thank Andy-S60
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were driving past and saw the castle and decided to stop. I am so glad we did as it was really worth while. It was interesting to walk along the ramparts and the views were spectacular. It is quite a steep climb up uneven steps so perhaps not for everyone. There was also a donkey wheel to draw water... More 

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