A royal fortress and prison to King Charles I, Carisbrooke is set on a sweeping ridge at the heart of the Isle of Wight. Don't miss the donkeys that can be seen working a 16th-century wheel to draw water from the well.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchair loan, induction loop, film subtitles, handrails, tactile models
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-23 Dec, Sat-Sun 10-4; 27 Dec-1 Jan, daily 10-4; 2 Jan-11 Feb, Sat-Sun 10-4; 12-18 Feb, daily 10-4; 19 Feb-29 Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4; 30 Mar onwards please check website (last admission 30 minutes before close).
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About the area
Discover Isle of Wight
There’s a timeless quality to the Isle of Wight. For many it embodies the spirit and atmosphere of English seaside holidays. Small and intimate – at just 23 miles by 13 miles – it’s a great place to get away from it all. And with its mild climate, long hours of sunshine and colourful architecture, it has something of a continental flavour.
Explore the island’s varied coastline at any time of the year using the well-established Coast Path. Even in the depths of winter, the weather conditions are often favourable for walking. The island has more than 500 miles of public rights of way in all. There are numerous other things to do too. You could plan a week’s itinerary and not set foot on the beach. The island’s history is fascinating and it was long considered as a convenient stepping stone for the French in their plan to invade the UK mainland. Various fortifications – including Fort Victoria, Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle – reflect its key strategic role in the defence of our coastline.
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