Carisbrooke Castle

The Isle of Wight is a remote paradise and a great place for showing the beauty of Britain in a relatively compact place (as you can visit the Isle in one day). Home of cathedrals, gorges (Shanklin), coastline beauty (The Needles), botanical gardens (Ventnor) and a steam railway, the Isle’s popular attraction is the castle of the donkeys, Carisbrooke.

It is located in the village of Carisbrooke on a hill, near Newport on the Isle of Wight. There are a number of buildings, some of them in ruins. The outer gate dates back to 1598. The rooms used as home of Princess Beatrice when she was the Governor of the Isle of Wight are in good repair. A must to see: the Keep, The Great Hall, The Great Chamber. Most rooms are partly furnished and feature original fireplaces.

The site was an Anglo-Saxon fort as early as the 8th century. A wall was built around the structure around 1000 to defend it against Viking raids. After the Norman invasion, William Fitz Osbern built a motte-and-bailey castle. In 1100 Carisbrooke was granted to Richard de Redvers. The Keep was added to the castle in the 13th century.
King Charles I was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle for fourteen months before his execution in 1649. Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria, lived in the castle between 1896-1944 as the governor of the Isle of Wight.

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