The park and garden at Norris Castle, East Cowes has been upgraded by Historic England to Grade I, making it the Isle of Wight’s first Grade I listed landscape.
The upgrade is in recognition of the landscape’s historical significance, having strong royal links to King George IV and Queen Victoria. Historic England upgraded the 143 acre landscape after new research carried out in partnership with the new owners of the estate. The landscape at Norris Castle is thought to have been designed in 1799 by Humphry Repton, one of England’s greatest landscape designers, and includes one of the grandest examples of a castellated walled garden anywhere in England. Repton designed St Johns Park, and the surviving part of the landscaped park is Appley Park.