Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle is what you might call a Proper castle, just as you would imagine a castle to be when you were a child and pretty much complete.

Sited in the middle of the Isle of Wight the castle began life around 1000 AD when the Anglo Saxons built a wall around the hill to defend themselves against Viking raids, soon after the Norman invasion of 1066 a castle was built within the existing defences.

In 1100 Carisbrooke was granted to Richard de Redvers, and over the next two hundred years his descendants carried out an extensive building programme at the castle. The last Redvers resident Countess Isabella de Fortibus sold it to King Edward I shortly before she died (1293) and the castle has remained a crown property for many years.
Later development of the castle was largely influenced by the threat of invasion from France and Spain.

The castle was also used to imprison King Charles I who arrived at Carisbrooke in November 1647. He twice tried to escape, but his attempts failed and he remained at the castle until September 1648, just five months before his execution in Whitehall.
The castle has been the official residence of the governor of the Isle of Wight until the death of the last resident governor, Princess Beatrice, in 1944. Since then it has been managed as an ancient monument.

All year
Daily, 10am - 6pm (opening times vary in winter)
Free entry for English Heritage members and the under 5s
Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, PO30 1XY
Tel:01983 522107


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Buses Yarmouth and Newport stop within 1⁄4 mile at the bottom of the hill. Streetmap
Parking is 50m from entrance, up a steep hill. Disabled drivers may park within castle courtyard, and disabled passengers may be set down there.
The coach house tea-room is open Apr-Oct. Picnic tables.
Disabled access (grounds and lower levels only).
Access to castle buildings: Chapel, courtyard (loose gravel), Well house and ground floor of museum are accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. Two flights of stairs to upper floor of museum with banister. Seats provided in museum and courtyard. Wheelchair access to coach house exhibition.
Grounds: Accessed via gravel paths and tarmac
NB Ramparts lack handrails and safety rails in places; it is recommended that visually impaired visitors are accompanied.
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Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle