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Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle MuseumCastle Hill
Isle of Wight
P030 1XY
Telephone: 0870 333 1181


Carisbrooke Castle, famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden.

Enjoy the birds-eye view from the castle keep and walk around the battlements; delight in the demonstrations of the donkeys working the 16th century treadwheel or relax in the Princess Beatrice Garden, designed by TV presenter and award winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw!

Plus see history brought to life with the fun and dramatic film, experiment with armour and discover how to fire cannons.

Children love dressing up as Norman soldiers or Civil War troops in the gatehouse: bring a camera!

Come and watch their daily working donkey demonstrations working the 16th century tread wheel to raise the water up (49 metres) from the bottom of the castle well and watch their celebrity voiced animation about life as a donkey!

There is also a museum with its fascinating Charles I memorabilia and you can play bowls on the green, too! Plus there are seasonal events scattered throughout the year including a spooky Halloween Spectacular!

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It may be worth checking out Carisbrooke Castle's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Carisbrooke Castle before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:

25 March - 1 September
10.00am - 6.00pm

1 October - 31 October
10.00am - 5.00pm

1 November - 19 February 2017
10.00am - 4.00pm


"I'm hungry"

Carisbrooke Castle has a tea room that serves hot and cold food open April to October, please call for winter details. Picnic areas for families to relax and enjoy the views.

"Can I have one of those?"

New retail shop with costumes, games, blankets, books, local sourced food and souvenirs.

"i need a wee"

Standard and disabled toilets.

and baby come too...

Baby changing room available.


"are we there yet?"

Direction: one and half miles south west of Newport. Signed posted once on Island. Joint ticket deals with ferry companies Ãâ€" Red funnel, Hovertravel and Wightlink.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:

Adult: £8.80
Child (5 to 15 years): £5.20
Concession: £7.90
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £22.80


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Carisbrooke Castle MuseumCastle Hill
Isle of Wight
P030 1XY
Telephone: 0870 333 1181