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To get from the mainland to Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight, you can choose from several ferries, but the two ports close to train stations are Portsmouth to Ryde, with Portsmouth Harbour train station a couple of minutes’ walk to the port, and Lymington, with Lymington Pier train station serving the harbour for boats to Yarmouth. From Ryde, the number 9 bus takes 51 minutes to the castle, and from Yarmouth, the number 7 takes around 30 minutes.

A visit to Carisbrooke Castle will transport you back in time - it's a great way to spend a day with the family. Wander into the grounds of the castle or simply admire the imposing walls from afar.



Whilst the current government advice is to only travel if your journey is essential, we will update this page as the situation changes. We will always provide official information on how to visit this attraction safely and responsibly by train.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:50 - 19:00
Saturday 06:30 - 19:00
Sunday 08:00 - 19:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Lost Property phone number020 7401 7861
ShopsUnavailable
PostboxUnavailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMUnavailable
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

Please contact South West Trains Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650

Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces94
Sheltered cycle storageUnavailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Platform 1 and outside booking hall

Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Portsmouth Harbour is accessible to wheelchair users. There is level access to all platforms.

Access to the Isle of Wight ferry is via a steep ramp.

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable

About Carisbrooke Castle

Start your visit to Carisbrooke Castle, the only UK museum founded by a member of the Royal Family, with a trip to the 16th-century guardhouse and its collection of displays and exhibits that chart the castle’s long and chequered history, including an engaging film and virtual tour.

Then, head for the bowling green and play on the very same lawn where King Charles I once stood. Continue to retrace his steps with a venture into the castle and wander through the rooms in which he plotted his attempted escape.

Climb the steps up the castle mound and feast your eyes on the awe-inspiring views from the top of the ancient keep. Take a stroll right round the castle walls and get a birds-eye views of the best scenery the Isle of Wight has to offer, in all directions. And whatever you do, don’t leave the keep without trying on some traditional medieval armour and firing a mini-cannon in the direction of the keep house.

Finally, once you’ve well and truly worked up an appetite, make your way to the Castle Tearoom in the beautiful surroundings of the castle’s former carriage room.

Departures and arrivals from Portsmouth Harbour

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Portsmouth Harbour station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to London VictoriaSouthern23:583Early
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway05:503On time
to Cardiff CentralGreat Western Railway06:011On time
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway06:154On time
to London WaterlooSouth Western Railway06:195On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Gosport FerryOther Operator05:49Scheduled
from Gosport FerryOther Operator06:04Scheduled
from BarnhamSouthern06:053On time
from Gosport FerryOther Operator06:19Scheduled
from BarnhamSouthern06:253On time
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