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Isle of Wight: Carisbrooke Castle Entry Ticket

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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4.8
(27 reviews)

Very enjoyable and Informative. Wonderful museum with all Charles 1's personal things. The Well with the donkeys. All the well- kept garden and grounds. See the statue of Warrior. The very friendly staff with all their information and smiles and excellent tea room. We didn't have any children but they would have great fun and also have picnics.

Well presented. Great experience and exercise climbing the walls and walking the surrounds. Good fun for the kids learning to "Battle"! Interesting Museum and delicious cheese roll.

Loved this castle that is so well preserved and explained! We walked along the upper rim (handrails and nice walking path) and the views were spectacular. Great experience.

Have been to the island before, but this was a new discovery and definitely recommended!