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The South Sights

Carisbrooke Castle

  • Off B3401 Map It
  • Cowes
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 05/28/2014

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Standing above the village of Carisbrooke, this castle was built by the Normans and enlarged in Elizabethan times. It had its moment of historical glory when King Charles I was imprisoned here during the English Civil War; note the small window in the north curtain wall through which he tried unsuccessfully to escape. You can walk along the battlements and visit the well house, which still uses donkeys to draw water, and also explore the Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice

garden and a small museum devoted to Charles I and the English Civil War. The castle is about a mile southwest of the Isle of Wight's modern-day capital, Newport. From Cowes, take Bus 1 or 5 (1 from West Cowes, near Holmwood Hotel; 5 from East Cowes, near Osborne House) to Newport, from which you can walk (about 30 minutes) or pick up Bus 6, 7, or 38—it's about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop in The Mall, Carisbrooke.

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Off B3401, Cowes, PO30 1XY, England

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Sight Details:

  • £8
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 10–6; Oct., daily 10–5; Nov.–Mar., weekends 10–4

Updated 05/28/2014


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