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Calbourne. Quite a treasure to discover
Calbourne Water Mill. Calbourne Water Mill and Museum of Country Life is a superb example of a working 17th century water mill. Amid idyllic rural scenery, country life through the centuries is displayed here through a collection of objects and domestic implements.
Carisbrooke. A pretty little village worth a pause before visiting its famous castle.
The Gatehouse
Carisbrooke Castle. I do not think I shall ever see a ruin to surpass Carisbrooke Castle (Keats)

Carisbrooke Castle rivals in popularity with Osborne House. It is a mighty ancient fortress started by the Normans in the 12th century. A 1925 discovery revealed that Carisbrooke Castle may have in fact been built on the site of a Roman fort. Throughout the centuries, the original Norman fortress was extended and altered up until Elizabethan times and acquired its full importance in the reign of King Charles I.

The massive Gatehouse with its 15th century wooden gates leads into the base Court with its green lawns and ramparts walk.
71 steps take you to the Keep, the most ancient part of the Castle. Built on amanmade mound, the Keep of Carisbrooke Castle is the most perfect specimen of a Norman keep still standing. The view from the parapet onto the surrounding countryside is splendid.

Charles I was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle whence he tried to escape twice. His appartments are open to the public.
The castle Museum has a wealth of ancient manuscripts and some Stuart relics transferred there by Queen Victoria from Windsor.
Other interesting features of the Castle that can be visited are the Well House, which unsurprisingly houses the Castle well, dug some 161feet deep in 1150, and the Chapel of Saint Nicholas in Castro, used as the Isle of Wight War Memorial.
Ventnor. A charming seaside resort with breathtaking views over the sea and a very pleasant esplanade.
Appuldurcombe House.. Built in the 18th century by Sir Robert Worsley, this baroque house was regarded for many years as the grandest on the Isle of Wight, until it was partially destroyed by fire in the 19th C.The magnificent gardens were designed by Capability Brown

To take a stroll around this magnificent shell of a house,on a warm summers day ,basking in the shade of dozens of mature and rare trees,is a truly ethereal experience.
Cowes. Cowes is one of the Island's major towns, famous for its yachting events.
Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria. Osborne House is a splendid mansion with very attractive grounds. It became Queen Victoria's favourite home after the death of Prince Albert, her beloved husband. There , in the peaceful grandeur of her appartments and the glorious gardens, she found solace and time to remember and grieve.
Both the State and private appartments are open to the public, the latter a poignant reminder of the Queen's sorrow.
In the immaculately kept gardens is the Swiss Cottage, a play house for the royal children where they would practice being grown ups. It is fully furnished and arranged exactly as it was in 1854.
Osborne House Museum contains an impressive collection from the great Victorian era
Gosport. Across Portsmouth Harbour situated on a peninsula , a short ferry trip away, is Gosport , home of the Submariners.
17thCentury Village ( Little Woodham). The year is 1642,in the reign of King Charles 1,the place,a small Hampshire village deep in the woodlands. This is the 17 th C Village experience. The faithfully re-created buildings,streets and shops, transport you back to England in the period preceding the Civil War. The villagers,in period costumes,go about their daily business in and around the village and will quite happily answer visitors' questions in fluent 17th Century English !.Open on selected days duringg the summer.

Don't miss it !.
Newport. The true capital of the Isle of Wight
The Old Grammar School. On the corner of St James' street and Lugley stree, Newport, is the Old Grammar School. It is a superb building , erected in the reign of Henry V. It was there that Charles I stayed when the treaty of Newport was signed with the Parliamentary Commissioners.

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