A Favourite Island Attraction
Carisbrooke Castle sits proudly above Newport Town, the heart of the Island. Whilst most famous for imprisoning King Charles I, the castle has also been an artillery fortress and a royal summer residence. Walk the castle walls, enjoy the panoramic views, or wander the moat, King Charles I’s bowling green and Princess Beatrice’s gardens. Begin your visit at the guardhouse and watch the introduction and virtual tour. Then head over the courtyard to the Great Hall, St Peter’s Chapel and Constables’ Lodging. The latter was used by Princess Beatrice as her summer residence until 1938, whilst she was the governor of the island.
A must-see is the tranquil St Nicholas’ chapel, built in 1904 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Charles I’s execution. Princess Beatrice, Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, commissioned the altar painting following her son Maurice’s death at Ypres. The chapel became a memorial for the islanders lost to the First World War.
The castle café provides refreshments, food and drink.
Visit English Heritage for more information HERE.
Don't Forget to Visit the Donkeys
Since 1696, donkeys have walked the wheel that brings up water from the well. This was initially thought to be performed by prisoners at the castle. Every donkey has a name starting with the letter ‘J’; this tradition came about by Charles I signing every letter ‘J’. When donkeys retire here, they live at the donkey sanctuary on the Isle of Wight. More information HERE