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Explore civil war history at Carisbrooke Castle

Located in the tiny village of Carisbrooke, Near Newport on the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is steeped in history. With ruins dating back to Roman times, the castle remained a powerful stronghold during the medieval period, before being used as the prison for Charles I as he awaited trial for treason following the English Civil War. Kids will love the resident donkeys, while the castle's charming Edwardian garden and panoramic rampart views both deliver stunning scenery.

Explore the Isle of Wight from Newport

The town of Newport is a perfect base for exploring the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. But what to see? A 20-minute drive south takes you to Blackgang Chine, the UK's oldest amusement park and a real family favourite. Former royal residence Osborne House, a 12-minute drive north, attracts history buffs from around the world thanks to its opulent Royal Collection, fine gardens and beautiful views across the Solent.

Get beach ready for the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is blessed with an array of popular beaches. Visitors flock to Welcome Beach thanks to its proximity to Nearby amenities including shops, cafes and crazy golf courses. For a more peaceful stretch, head to St Helens Beach, popular with swimmers, walkers and bird watchers. Adrenaline junkies should head for Spring Vale Beach Near Ryde - the island's largest town - for sailing and windsurfing.

Planning a trip to Newport? Travelodge Newport Isle of Wight Hotel is right in the centre of town, while Travelodge Ryde Isle of Wight Hotel is perfect for getting a spot on the beach.