Carisbrooke Castle is probably one of the most popular thus frequently visited places in the Isle of Wight. Due to its history, architecture and touching events the castle is undoubtedly worthy a visit. Towering above the local landscape the buildings ramparted about by permanent defensive works give you a vivid picture of the past architecture and way of living. You will be amazed by the long steep steps and high fortification of the fortress. The panorama which opens in front of you holds you with a firm grip due to its scope and beauty.
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Since about 1100 the construction of the fortress, later castle, has a long history as well. Some parts of it were rebuilt and completed, modified and perfected, reestablished and fortified. Thus we have now a magnificent example of a huge historical monument to make people become excited and more interested in the history. It sounds weird but yet it’s true that the castle for some royal people who wielded the scepter was a summer home for other dethroned the castle was dramatic and became a prison.
Every master of the place contributed his or her mite to the castle. Even the beautiful garden which is undoubtedly is an embellishment was designed by Chris Beardshaw who was inspired by the Princess Beatrice. She was the ninth daughter of Queen Victoria, they both lived their. The designer of the garden was absolutely right saying that it would tack on an extra dimension to the medieval castle. So it did. Private chamber of royal residents were turned into museum and include plenty of memorabilia. You visit see their bedroom and get surprised by how short the nuptial bed is. Probably it can be explained by relatively short people lived that time.
The room where Elizabeth lived as a hostage and later died from pneumonia when she was a young lady is an interesting place to visit. A famous painting reflecting the moment when the lifeless body of the girl was found is very pathetic. Besides the museum and the garden there is a well-house in the castle which was the main supplier of water for all the tenants of the fortress. This construction has a deep well and a huge tread wheel inside. Donkeys have drawn up water for hundreds of years in order to supply all the dwellers of Carisbrooke Castle. And now tourists still have a great possibility to see this breathtaking process with their own eyes.