English Heritage Sites
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CARISBROOKE CASTLE Sitting high and proud at the heart of the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle has been an artillery fortress, king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Today it’s the quintessential romantic castle, with lots to see and enjoy in the fresh open air. Experience far reaching panoramic views from high castle walls, or wander the moat to discover the bowling green of King Charles I. Enjoy the tranquil Princess Beatrice Garden, before meeting the famous Carisbrooke donkeys. OSBORNE HOUSE Osborne is the palatial former holiday home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, located on the Isle of Wight. Relax in the open air as you wander rolling acres of the magnificent Osborne estate. Take in the riotous colours of the walled garden, or enjoy the peaceful shade of the woodland walk – be sure to keep an eye out for red squirrels. Visit Victoria and Albert’s bathing beach and admire their children’s play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Stroll through the garden terraces and take in the same stunning views across the Solent that once reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples. APPULDURCOMBE HOUSE Very near to here, Appuldurcombe was the most spectacular house on the island back in the early 18th century and today you can admire its ornate English Baroque architecture and detailing. Green-fingered visitors will also enjoy a walk around Appuldurcombe’s 11 acres of rolling grounds which were designed in the 1780s by celebrated landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. ST CATHERINE’S ORATORY A tall octagonal tower that remains from a medieval oratory. Check out the ruin, locally known as the Pepperpot, and admire the views beyond the coast. It was built in 1328 by a local landowner and is believed to have been used as a light house as it stands on one of the highest points of the Isle of Wight. Bring the sandwiches and take in the views – just don’t forget your camera.