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Carisbrooke Castle

Newport PO30 1XY, England
+44 1983 523112
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: Historic Norman castle where Charles I was imprisoned.
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East Grinstead
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

My partner and I visited Carisbrooke Castle on the second day of our stay on the Isle of Wight (22nd July 2014); the weather was a fantastic start and the castle looked stunning against a backdrop of clear blue sky! We explored every inch of the castle and its grounds, and particularly enjoyed the keep and the castle walls which... More

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Shanklin, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Although the weather was somewhat overcast, the castle looked every bit as good as I remember it from my past. On entering, there was an optional animated video to explain the history and what to expect as you walk around. (very informative and great for people of all ages). The donkey in the treadmill, winding up the bucket from the... More

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Totland, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

English Heritage present this mostly ruined castle very well indeed. A great day out for the family. Good video presentation and a very interesting museum. Walk along the parapet walls and imagine a battle taking place.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
41 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The castle itself is lovely, but not enough to warrant an entrance fee of almost £9. The walk round mostly consists of looking at information boards and then trying to work out what part of the blank wall in front of you they're referring to. If anybody managed to find Isabella's window, please do let me know. There's a very... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Carisbrooke was a nice morning out with the kids. The history of the castle is really interesting and my 4 yr old loved walking round the old walls and playing on the cannons! The donkey demo was also well received. The only negative I have about it is that English Heritage really deliver a hard sell to try and get... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

English Heritage doesn't always make best use of their properties. However this one appears to have a better than average team of volunteers and the result is a fascinating place to visit. Sadly it is not totally suitable for people with disabilities as the walls are accessible only by very steep and narrow steps. For people able to venture onto... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We have visited many historical castles and this is one not to be missed. It is alive with history covering the original Norman Conquest though to its First World War experiences. King Charles 1 was imprisoned at the castle and many other historical facts for you to explore (the Donkey Well) A walk round the battlements have great views. Advise... More

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Lymington, England, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As I said in another review we came here because we had joined as E.H members the day before. We spent about 3hrs here and really enjoyed ourselves. We love history and were amazed at how much the castle had seen over the millennia. The castle is packed with features. From information videos to demonstrations to dressing up. There was... More

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Bude Cornwall
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a fantastic lvenue. Its got something for everyone. Static displays. Moving displays. Adorable donkeys.Great guides . Fantastic views. A very good value for money (If you are into this sort of venue. Buy an English Heritage membership card. A couple of visits to E<H locations(There are four on the Isle of Wight) and you will recoup your outlay.Some... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Interesting museum with plenty for adults and children. Buildings are in good condition. You can also walk around the castle wall but it's a steep climb up to the walkway. Please check the map before you start... there is a gap in the wall and if you start in the wrong place you will need to climb down and then... More

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