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.