Carisbrooke Castle, IOW,

During the summer of 2013, I holidayed in the Isle of Wight. During the holiday I took the time to visit Carisbrooke Castle near Newport on the island.

The castle is one of the main tourist attractions on the island, and according to English Heritage is best known for being the place where King Charles I was imprisoned in the months prior to his trial.

Carisbrooke is a motte and bailey castle, with a stone shell keep. The site on which the castle stands has been occupied since before Roman times, with the site in constant use through the centuries, including use for an Anglo-Saxon fort. The castle itself was began in the 12th Century. Over the coming centuries, the castle was added to and improved, with the English Crown gaining ownership of the castle 1293.

The French attacked the castle in 1377 but the attack was unsuccessful. From 1896 to 1940 the castle was the home of Princess Beatrice, daughter of Queen Victoria. It was her official residence as she was the Governor of the Isle of Wight.

The Shell Keep, Carisbrooke Castle.
The Shell Keep, Carisbrooke Castle.
Carisbrooke Castle.
Carisbrooke Castle.
Stairs to the Shell Keep, Carisbrooke Castle.
Stairs to the Shell Keep, Carisbrooke Castle.
The main gate, Carisbrooke Castle.
The main gate, Carisbrooke Castle.
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Castles, my passion…..

Well, I have been thinking of writing this blog for a while, putting into words my love for all things castle and recording my journies to some of Great Britain most historic places. As a child, I was always fascinated by castles. I don’t know particularly why, may be it was for their sheer scale or architecture? It could also be my love for anything historic. Whatever the reason, castles to this very day continue to be a passion for me.

Over the coming months and years, I will updating this blog infrequently with photos and information on my visits to some of Great Britain’s castles. Further, I will also be posting some of my back catalogue of images from castles I have already visited.

If you love castles like I do, you’ll no doubt like my photos.