FolkestoneJack's Tracks

Carisbrooke Castle, Osbourne House and the Solent

Posted in Isle of Wight by folkestonejack on May 30, 2011

The last day of the trip involved quite alot of bus, train and ferry travel whichever way you look at it. The day started with a couple of buses to get us to Carisbrooke Castle (Via Newport) and then at midday we partly re-traced our steps with a couple of buses to get to Osbourne House.

The two buildings are inevitably steeped in history but most strongly echoed with the stories of Charles I (who was imprisoned at Carisbrooke) and Queen Victoria. I found Osbourne House harder to like than some of the royal palaces I have seen but there is a real wow factor to the anglo-indian decoration of the Durbar room.

Finally, we took the bus back to Ryde and then a high-speed catamaran from Ryde Pier to Portsmouth Harbour Station for a perfectly timed interchange with a train back to London.


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