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Exploring Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight

12 May 2018
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Our first stop on the Isle of Wight was Carisbrooke Castle, located near the island’s capital, Newport. This castle has a rich history, having been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king’s prison and a royal summer residence. Upon arrival, the first thing we did was walk around the castle on the battlements. From here you can see across the island in all directions. The castle sits upon a hilltop dominating the centre of the island...

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Osborne House - the family home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

28 April 2018
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After binge-watching ITV’s Victoria series over the Christmas break, I was captivated by the story of Queen Victoria and Price Albert. Through being an English Heritage member I’d heard of their family home on the Isle of Wight, Osborne House, but after learning more about the royal couple I was even more eager to visit. A brief history of Osborne House Victoria and Albert wanted a home where they could escape from the stresses of court life...