Close Attractions - St George's House
The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight, stands in its own Capability Brown-designed grounds. An exhibition of photographs and prints depicts the house and its history.
Crowning a hilltop south of Newport, this castle was the dominant defensive position on the Isle of Wight for more than 600 years. With its keep, battlements and working well house Carisbrooke Castle is an exciting site for the whole family to explore.There was a Saxon presence here in the 7th century and a timber campaign fort in the late 11th century, while the curtain wall and keep were built after 1101. The present castle has existed on this site since 1100, when the island was granted to the de Redvers family. In 1293, the castle passed on to the crown and, when England came under threat from France and Spain, Carisbrooke became enormously significant in the defence of the realm. After the Spanish Armada passed alarmingly close in 1588, it was suspected that the Spanish might attempt to seize the island.