Carisbrooke Castle - English Heritage

Carisbrooke Castle - English Heritage
Newport, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
PO30 1XY
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/filestore/visitsevents/asp/visits/visit_frameset.asp?Property_Id=179

Telephone

01983 522107

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An exterior view of Carisbrooke Castle

Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history! The Isle of Wight’s royal castle is remarkably complete, with battlements to march across, a keep to climb and a museum to explore. Discover why it was famous as a royal prison to Charles I; see the room from which he tried to escape – twice! The most famous residents today, however, are the Carisbrooke Donkeys. Watch them happily at work on the sixteenth-century tread wheel in the well house and visit them in the donkey centre where you can find more about their personalities! Look out for the fun-packed family events every summer, offering one of the best family days out in on the Isle of Wight.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

Apr-Sep
Daily 1000-1800
Oct
Daily 1000-1700
Nov-Mar 2001
Weekends only 1000 - 1600
Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan 2001

Admission charges

£7.50 Adult £4.50 Child £6.80 Concessions. Free for English Heritage members.

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Knights' School

  • 1 — 10 August 2014 *on now

Have you got what it takes to pass Knight School? Join us for a summer of hands on activities and crafts with a medieval theme. There’s plenty to discover about life in medieval England. Knight training, etiquette, storytelling, arts and crafts throughout the day. You can even paint your own shield or try on a mini harness of knight’s armour.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Grand Medieval Joust

  • 12 — 14 August 2014

The banners are billowing, the tilt rail is set and the armour is polished for a medieval contest like no other. Highly trained knights and their trusty steeds battle for honour in the ultimate display of chivalry. Marvel at the falcons in flight and discover medieval life in the living history encampments. Budding knights can test their bravery in the hobby-horse jousting, while the court jester and merry musicians set the scene for a spectacular day. Laissez allez!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

To book please call Customer Services or visit our website www.english-heritage.org.uk/events

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Knights' Tournament

  • 26 — 28 August 2014

It is the 15th-century and pride is at stake. It’s every man for himself in the ultimate skill-at-arms tournament. With bow, sword and club, four of the best knights duel before the crowds – but only one will emerge victorious. Lend the knights your support as you visit their encampments and enjoy the sights and sounds of medieval life. Let your little knights feel the weight of real armour and if the gauntlet fits, burn off some energy in the kids battles!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

To book please call Customer Services or visit our website www.english-heritage.org.uk/events

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

I'm the King - Get Me Out Of Here! Discovery Visit

It's 1648, the Civil War is coming to a close and King Charles I is imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle. Help the King's servant devise escape plans as you tour the castle, try on armour, take part in drama and discover what really happened.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Speaking and Listening, Drama

How to obtain

Call 01983 280201 to arrange a 1¼ hour session on weekdays during term time between April 20–July 10 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19472 for more information.

War and Power Discovery Visit

Discover the stories and secrets of Carisbrooke Castle with Sir John Hevingham, medieval steward of the castle. Hear about the people who lived and worked here and find out how castles functioned. Handle weapons and artefacts, try on armour and costume and have a go at some role play.
Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Speaking and Listening, Drama

How to obtain

Call 01983 280201 to arrange a 1¼ hour session on weekdays during term time between April 20–July 10 2009. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19472 for more information.

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