Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle

Location: Newport, Isle of WightMap

Constructed: 12th century

Tel.. 01983 522107

Entrance Fee: Adult- £7.50, Child- £4.50, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £19.50

Open: Apr-Sept: 10am- 5pm

Oct- 4th Nov: 10am- 4pm

5th Nov- 17th Feb: 10am- 4pm Sat, Sun

18th Feb- 24 Feb: 10am- 4pm

25th Feb- 28th March: 10am- 4pm

Closed: 1 Jan, 24- 26 Dec


History of Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is a medieval citadel situated in Newport, Isle of Wight in United Kingdom. Carisbrooke Castle was constructed in 12th century as a motte-and-bailey castle on the site of the former Saxon wooden fortification. In 1262 Countess Isabella de Redvers undertook a major reconstruction of the citadel increasing its size and defenses. In 1377 French army invaded the Isle, burned Yarmouth and laid a siege to the castle, but failed to take its walls.  After storm destroyed the Spanish Armada Carisbrooke Castle defenses were added and increased with contemporary earth works, bastions and artillery.


Carisbrooke Castle became famous during English Civil War. King Charles I came to the Carisbrooke Castle expecting a Royal greeting. The Governor of the castle betrayed his king and arrested him. He was imprisoned here in 1647- 48 on the orders of the Parliament. At some point he even attempted to make three prison breaks. However he was wedged in the window bars and his plans for an escape and subsequent revenge were foiled. Eventually he was executed in 1649 by the Parliament that feared Royal supporters will continue the war. Unfortunately the original cell of the king now lies in ruins, although still visible today. Additionally if you come here in the dark hours don't be surprised if you see a full body apparition of a woman who walks her dog on leash. She commonly seen to walk around the moat of Carisbrooke Castle.


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