Carisbrook Castle

About This Attraction

Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Today it’s the quintessential romantic castle, with lots to see and enjoy in the fresh open air. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls, or wander the moat to discover King Charles I’s bowling green. Enjoy the tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden, before meeting the famous Carisbrooke donkeys.

27 Mar-31 Oct, daily 10am-5pm

1 Nov-23 Dec, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

2 Jan-18 Feb, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

19-27 Feb, daily 10am-4pm

28 Feb-31 Mar, Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

Christmas Opening 24-25 Dec Closed

26 Dec-1 Jan, daily 10am-4pm

Last entry one hour before closing

Adult £14.80

Concession £13.40

Child £8.90

Under 5’s FREE

Family 2 Adults £38.50

Family 1 Adult £23.70

Why should I visit?

    • Carisbrooke is an impressive fortress seeped in history. It’s “The Island’s Castle” and one of the Isle of Wight’s most important cultural destinations.
    • Carisbrooke has many historical stories to tell, most famously it is the castle that Charles I tried to escape from whilst being imprisoned during the civil war.
    • Visitors can walk around the castle battlements and enjoy panoramic views across the Isle of Wight from the high castle keep.
    • Carisbrooke also has charming gardens and grounds to explore and there are also walks you can do from the castle around the surrounding landscape.
    • Other top attractions at the site is Charles I bowling green, the Princess Beatrice Garden, Chapel and Great Hall.



Accommodation available
Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 5 and above
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Kids Rule! at Carisbrooke Castle

25th May 2024 - 2nd Jun 2024

Carisbrooke Castle

Join us during May Half Term at Carisbrooke Castle for hands-on activities and family fun in the fresh air. Prepare for battle! Embark on... 

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Where to find us


Castle Hill
Isle of Wight
PO30 1XY

Find us online

By car
1 1⁄4 miles south-west of Newport. Follow signs to Carisbrooke village, then castle

Ferry details
West Cowes 5 miles, East Cowes 6 miles (Red Funnel); Fishbourne 6 miles, Ryde 8 miles, Yarmouth 9 miles (Wightlink)

10 minute Hovercraft service from Portsmouth – Ryde (Hovertravel), with easy bus links to East Cowes.

By bus
On IoW take Southern Vectis 6, 7, 12, 38 pass nearby to within 1⁄4 mile


Kids activities

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  • Carisbrooke provides a hands-on family experience where children can explore, conquer, climb, walk the wall whilst learning about the castles history as a family.
  • Carisbrooke has become famous for its much loved donkeys, who live on site and perform regular demonstrations of using the tread well to bring water from the castle well.
  • Through summer, Carisbrooke regularly hosts events for children including jousts and family days.

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