Last time we were down on the Island we went to Carisbrooke Castle.
This is an English Heritage site in the middle of the Isle of Wight dating to back to Norman times (and there were probably fortifications on site even before then) It’s stood the test of time remarkably well, and is famed for being the last residence of Charles I before he got his head chopped off by that nasty spoil sport Oliver Cromwell.
I went there loads as a kid, but this was the first time we had taken the boy. As it was half term, there was loads of brilliant stuff on!
Firstly we took a walk around the walls to admire the fantastic vista’s over the Island.
And the gorgeous flowers growing beneath the walls!
It was a bit breezy, but it’s great to get a birdseye view of the inside of the walls.
We also had a nose down a deep well. I didn’t get too close!
It’s a bit steep coming down!
The boy thoroughly enjoyed the activities laid on – he got to try being a pike man, and even take part in a melee!
Amazingly, we even managed to get him to look around the museum! He quickly escaped for a run around the walled garden though.
We had a really lovely afternoon. The cake from the tea rooms was especially tasty!
The boy was so knackered he needed a rest in the car park while we waited for our ride.
If you visit the Isle of Wight, I would definitely recommend visiting Carisbrooke Castle – look out for any activity days especially!