Carisbrooke Castle Museum permanent collection includes objects that were recovered from teh excavations that took place within the walls. The exhibits include crossbows, turret clock, personal objects of Tennyson, bolts of the crossbow, armor, cannon, model of the castle, a 1602 chamber organ, Elizabethan furniture, and personal objects of Charles I.
Arts & Museums
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If you are visiting the Isle of Wight, a trip to this famous castle is a must. It was here during the English Civil War that King Charles I was imprisoned under the orders of Oliver Cromwell, after Charles made a failed attempt to escape from his captors on the mainland. The whole story is told in the Isle of Wight museum, which is situated inside the remnants of the castle's Great Hall. Also worth seeing is the well-house, where a donkey works a 16th-century wheel to draw water from a well. The castle is surrounded by seven acres of grounds and the main walls and keep are Norman. By climbing the battlements you can enjoy sweeping views in every direction. Refreshments are available during the summer and there is also a gift shop. Picnics are welcome.