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3 things to do at Carisbrooke Castle

Enjoy the view

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Around the walls at Carisbrooke

Because of its strategic position on the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke offers great views in all directions. It’s a steep climb up to the walls, but then you can walk all the way round the Castle and enjoy the view. There’s also the King’s Bowling Green to explore and Princess Beatrice’s newly restored Edwardian garden.

Donkey around

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Inside Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle offers a great family day out on the Isle of Wight. For years the donkeys at Carisbrooke were used to bring water up from the natural well, and you can still see them walking the water wheel, although their working hours are now much shorter! Children can meet the donkeys, dress up in chain-mail and try on a soldier’s uniform.

Visit a prison and a fortress

Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle main entrance

Learn about the history of the castle in the small museum. The castle was built in 1170 as a defence against attack by the French, and later the castle became a prison for King Charles I. Learn about the King’s attempted escape from his bedroom, unfortunately for him this failed and he was later executed. For more information, visit the Carisbrooke website