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Spooky Carisbrooke Castle walk planned

Tue 18 Feb 2014

Spooky Carisbrooke Castle walk planned

The Isle of Wight is renowned for its history, with points of interest ranging from prehistoric fossil beds and Bronze Age dwellings to a host of medieval fortifications. Carisbrooke Castle - dating from the 13th century - is one such building.

The castle is one of the island's main tourist attractions, best-known as the location where King Charles I was imprisoned following the English Civil War.

One of the best ways to explore the site and its surrounding grounds will start up again in March when the Ghost Walks - guided tours around some of the spookier parts of the castle - begin.

These take place each Monday from March 31st to October 20th, with one held at 20:00 and another at 22:00. A guide will show visitors around the castle, explaining its history and heritage while telling a number of scary stories that will delight adults and children alike.

Admission is priced at £8.50 for grown-ups and £5.50 for anyone under 15, while a family ticket can be purchased for £25. There's no need to book - travellers can simply speak to someone on reception when they arrive.

Carisbrooke's colourful history means it is the location for plenty of tall tales - in addition to holding King Charles I, it has resisted a siege from French invaders and played a role in dealing with the Spanish Armada in the 16th century.

The invading fleet attempted to establish a temporary anchor in the Solent but found itself unable to, after Francis Drake captured one of the Spanish ships in the English Channel.

For visitors keen for more scares, the Isle of Wight offers plenty of opportunities - in some quarters it is known as the most haunted island in the world.

The Isle of Wight Ghost Walks are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Founded by Marc Tuckey, the group offers many trips around the area's most interesting spots, including the Ventnor Botanical Gardens and Northwood House in Cowes.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801694727-ADNFCR

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