Carisbrooke Castle

  • Port

    Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting at


  • Minimum Age

    Information is not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4½ Hours

  • Meals Included


Amazing Carisbrooke Castle, of Saxon origin, was built as one of the fortified camps intended to defend England against the Vikings.

The Normans, in turn, came along looking for a spot on which to establish their own stronghold. They found that the stone-faced Saxon fortifications provided them with an excellent ready-made type of defense system -- perfect for when one is conquering a bitter and resentful local population. For more than 800 years, the living heart of the castle was enclosed within the Norman curtain walls with a gatehouse. The castle was comprised of internal domestic buildings and the outer bailey.

Today, you'll explore this romantic castle and its Edwardian-style garden, taking in the panoramic views from atop the high castle walls. Place yourself at the very heart of the Isle of Wight's history in Carisbrooke's Princess Beatrice Garden -- recently awarded first place in the category of Best Small Tourist Attraction by Isle of Wight in Bloom.

Please note: Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes.