SZ 486-877 Isle of Wight England
Carisbrooke Castle was originally the earth and timber, early to mid 11th century Wihtgarsburh Saxon Burh. Soon after 1066 William fitz Osbern founded an earth and timber ringwork, in an angle of the hilltop burh. Richard de Redvers founded the earthwork motte and bailey fortress in 1100 and the stone curtain walls were added by 1136. Against the perceived threat of the Spanish Armada in the late 16th century, George Carey, second Lord Hunsden, adapted the great hall and built the adjacent mansion house. He re-fortified the castle to withstand artillery and remodelled the outer defences with arrow-head bastions. After the English Civil War, King Charles I and two of his children, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Henry, were imprisoned here from 1647-48. 10 miles west is Yarmouth Castle.
Carisbrooke Castle is located south of Carisbrooke, off Castle Hill. A mile south-west of Newport, on the B3323.
The site is owned by English Heritage and is open daily, April to September 10:00-6:00pm, October 10:00-4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday November to March 10:00-4:00pm.
There is car park.