Carisbrooke Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Carisbrooke Castle

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Attraction Currently Closed

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, all pay-for-entry English Heritage sites will be closed to the public from the end of Wednesday 18th March until 1st May. Some sites may re-open early. Free-to-enter sites will remain open to visitors. We'll keep this updated with news of opening/closure changes, but always recommend to check before you travel.

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Attraction Information

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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Opening hours

25 March through 1 September

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October through 31 October

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

1 November through 19 February 2017

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


Adult: £8.80

Child (5 to 15 years): £5.20

Concession: £7.90

Family (2 adults, 3 children): £22.80

Travel & Contact Information


Castle Hill, Newport, Isle of Wight, P030 1XY, England

Phone number

0870 333 1181



Click here to visit Carisbrooke Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite and nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Standard and disabled toilets.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Carisbrooke Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Baby changing room available.

Yes, snacks are available.

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.

Carisbrooke Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Carisbrooke Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Carisbrooke Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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