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Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight was originally a Norman castle built on the site of an old Saxon fort. The Norman castle survives, along with features that came later, such as massive earthworks designed to defend against possible attacks by Spain in the 1590s. There is a museum at Carisbrooke, occupying rooms where the deposed king, Charles I was held prisoner for over a year between 1647 and 1648. Many of the exhibits relate to Charles. There are also sections on the general history of the Isle of Wight.




Opening Times: Opening hours for English Heritage properties can be complex. Please check for up to date details using contact details below.

Address: Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke Village, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1XY

Directions: The castle is near Newport in the centre of the Isle of Wight. Once in Newport look for signs to the castle. Click here for an interactive road and satellite map centred over Carisbrooke Castle.

Access: The car park is 50m from the entrance and there is a steep hill to negotiate. Disabled visitors can park or be set down in the castle courtyard. Chapel, courtyard, well house, coach house exhibition, and lower floor of museum are accessible to wheelchairs. A model showing the castle in 1600 may be touched and has been designed to allow close access for people in wheelchairs.


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