Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle, Newport: Hours, Address, Carisbrooke Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Carisbrooke Castle
4.5
Castles • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. Carisbrooke is a quintessential romantic castle. Here you'll find loveable donkeys, a fascinating museum and an Edwardian garden. Your can also experience hundreds of years of history with entertaining events in the summer.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Nicola L
London, UK12 contributions
Morning visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
The castle grounds are great but there’s not much else inside and only one small part that you can go in certainly wouldn’t pay £12.50 for the adult entry fee
Written October 17, 2021
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Pontypridd, UK9 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Oct 2021
During our holiday to the Isle of Wight we decided to visit Carisbrooke Castle. It was a pleasant surprise! Loads of history there and lovely grounds to walk around. We purchased a English Heritage annual membership prior to our holiday which was definitely worth buying as we used it to visit Hurst Castle and Osborne House.

If you love donkeys then it's definitely worth visiting the Castle just to see them.
Written October 10, 2021
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Milosh96
Maidstone, UK67 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2021 • Couples
We visited this castle whilst on a short holiday on the Isle of Wight.

It’s not the largest of castles out there but it is kept in very good condition and has a few unique things that I can’t say I’ve seen elsewhere. For one, they had a demonstration in the ‘Well House’ with an actual donkey working the wheel to bring a bucket of water up from the well. I mean who doesn’t love a donkey!?! (Just to add for anyone now concerned for these donkeys welfare, there are 4 donkeys in total at this castle, only a few demonstrations a day and the donkey only does 2 turns of the wheel so realistically a donkey does approx 30 seconds work a day and they are very well cared for so no need to be alarmed)

They’ve got a nice little gift shop and tea room and staff throughout are all very friendly.

I’d recommend a visit to this place as it makes for a good couple of hours out.
Written October 10, 2021
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Tim O
Stalbridge, UK262 contributions
Very Impressive but Lacking Something
Sep 2021
Visited on a miserable day which rather took the shine off it but we felt it rather missed the spot somehow. The introductory film did not do a very good job or rather it missed a chance. The museum and walled gardens are well done but it seemed a chance to put history in perspective had gone begging.
Written October 8, 2021
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A_Hotel_Visitor
Isle of Man, UK230 contributions
Great
Sep 2021
Fabulous walks around battlements and interesting buildings. The main interest is the museum which has some fascinating info, especially about the Charles I connection. Cafe pretty good.
Written October 6, 2021
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Cambsgirl2014
Cambridge, UK50 contributions
Fascinating place
Sep 2021 • Friends
A really enjoyable place to visit. Visited on a recent trip to IoW following a trip to Osborne House the day before. Well worth the climb to the top of the castle for the views.
Written October 3, 2021
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sarahcK781SR
Weston super Mare, UK344 contributions
Fabulous big castle.
Sep 2021
Great, bigger than I expected, lots to see, some high steps too if you choose to walk the ramparts. Seating about. Donkeys on site, café, historically interesting with museum too.
Written September 24, 2021
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FedoraOnTour
Sidcup, UK121 contributions
GREAT VISIT
Sep 2021
Great visit - English Heritage so place well taken care of. Very interesting exhibits within the castle buildings and grounds quite extensive. Donkeys! Originally used to draw water. Excellent catering facilities - a good full day out. One note of caution - the castle wall does not have hand rails all the way around - so care with children should be taken.
Written September 23, 2021
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George K
Queenborough, UK103 contributions
Amazing place
Aug 2021 • Couples
This is a brilliant castle to come and visit you can sit out the front have a picnic and watch wild eagles flying over your head then when you head in the castle there is plenty to see and do me and my partner came here to visit whilst on a camping trip in Bournemouth and didn’t regret going the price was average/slightly high but the usual for heritage castles!! Don’t let it put you off go visit du for kids and adults :)
Written September 21, 2021
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Sagar D
United Kingdom312 contributions
Very enjoyable!
Sep 2021
Visited Carisbrooke Castle today. We don’t have EH membership but entrance was reasonable. The museum is really excellent with lots of exhibits and very interesting descriptions. Very engaging. Nearly all areas in the castle are accessible which is great and the volunteer attendants are happy to share their knowledge. You can walk the entire wall of the castle, which is unusual but welcome. Carisbrooke exceeded my expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Recommend a trip here.
Written September 21, 2021
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