A Family Trip To Carisbrooke Castle

Last time we were down on the Island we went to Carisbrooke Castle.

IMG_6187This 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.

 

Views over Carisbrooke

And the gorgeous flowers growing beneath the walls!

Flowers on the walls of Carisbrooke

It was a bit breezy, but it’s great to get a birdseye view of the inside of the walls.

View from the walls of Carisbrooke

We also had a nose down a deep well. I didn’t get too close!

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It’s a bit steep coming down!

steep steps

The boy thoroughly enjoyed the activities laid on – he got to try being a pike man, and even take part in a melee!

Boy shouting a war cry
War Cry!
Children in a melee!
Melee!
Boy sitting on a canon
He also sat on a cannon

Amazingly, we even managed to get him to look around the museum! He quickly escaped for a run around the walled garden though.

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Walled garden

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.

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If you visit the Isle of Wight, I would definitely recommend visiting Carisbrooke Castle – look out for any activity days especially!

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9 thoughts on “A Family Trip To Carisbrooke Castle

  1. I have never been to a real castle before and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures. I would love to their sometime. It looks like an fun place to take kids. #TribalLove

  2. Oh that looks like a fab place to visit. Looks really geared towards children too and the boy looks like he really enjoyed the activities. Fab photos too πŸ™‚

  3. What brilliant photos – just full of energy – love the war cry, love the canon shot and adore the jumping shot too – please say you’re going to enter them for #worldoflittlies !

  4. This is just my kind of day out. I’ve sailed round the Isle of Wight but never set foot on the island. If I do I will definitely visit the castle. My children would have loved a nose around here and the activities put on really make a castle day. Your boy looks like he is having such an amazing time in every photo.

    Thank you so much for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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