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Carisbrooke Castle

Newport, Isle of Wight, England

  • Knight on horse at Carisbrooke Castle in Newport
  • Outside view of Carisbrooke Castle in Newport

Attraction Information

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Suitable for all ages

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

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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Getting There and Contact Information


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


Click here to visit Carisbrooke Castle's website
0870 333 1181

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

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

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Eating information

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.


Standard and disabled toilets.

Gift shop

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

Baby food facilities

Baby changing room available.


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