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Carisbrooke Castle Museum

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Address: | Castle Hill, Newport PO30 1XY, England
Phone Number: 01983 523112
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

An Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer...

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.

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A unique museum

The Castle itself is less of a ruin than so many of the others from this period - it was well presented to give information about specific bits of interest. The museum is housed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Castle itself is less of a ruin than so many of the others from this period - it was well presented to give information about specific bits of interest. The museum is housed in the building that Queen Victoria's last daughter used as a summer residence until just before the second world war (her garden is a pleasure to... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Castle today. Great educational visit for the kids, but also great fun. They had a whale of a time! I don't do heights, but my partner and kids tell me the views from the ramparts are amazing. Probably wouldn't suggest visiting, if don't like heights or can't manage a vast amount of steps. Some of them are... More 

Thank Heidi B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth a visit but watch out for the closing time of the museum ...4.45. The castle closes at 6.00, but the folks at the ticket desk didn't mention this when we arrived at 4.00. We could have gone straight to the museum, but wandered around a bit first meaning we only got 2 minutes in the museum before being chucked... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The castle is mainly ruins but is in my opinion a must see, there are some fantastic views when walking round the top of the ramparts. ideally visiting this place will require a dry day as most of it is outside. there is a lovely garden to walk round and also a museum within the castle grounds, with some lovely... More 

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Essex Boy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

English Heritage property, classic castle telling the story of Charles I imprisonment on Isle of Wight. Can climb the battlements, walk the walls, picnic, enjoy the gardens, see the statue of "War Horse" and learn about the treadmill well........good for all ages......plenty of toy sword for sale in the shop......let the children's imaginations run wild. Worth a visit

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Gold Coast Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an English Heritage site and is free to members. As overseas travellers, we joined English Heritage at a discount price for 10 days and recouped the cost on our first day of sight-seeing on the Isle of Wight! We spent less than an hour at the castle as we arrived 50 minutes prior to closing time. There were... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went with friends staff seemed friendly enough whilst entering. Once in the castle which is mostly ruined bar a few parts, there is a well meaning but unfunny video which I think is aimed at kids, a donkey gives a quick history of the castle which is welcome as everywhere else is standard boards with loads of writing/info on the... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a huge amount of the castle left to visit. Mostly walls and the small museum with relics of Charles I. Huge queue to see the famous donkey wheel. We had made the mistake of going up to their stable and following them down to the wheel, but by the time we had done that everyone else had queued outside... More 

Thank PerTheCat
Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my 2 daughters on one of the hottest days yet. The museum was very interesting with lots of interactive bits for kids such as trying on a chain mail helmet and firing coins from a trebuchet. We saw the donkey draw the bucket up in the well - the young lady was very informative and funny when telling... More 

Thank Emma L
Epsom, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Short drive away from Newport is this great castle. You can walk around almost all of the perimeter ramparts, and access the top of the keep as well, offering great views across the country side. They still keep donkeys which work the well wheel for demonstrations purposes and this seemed popular with the children and adults alike. There are many... More 

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