The Isle of Wight

England’s largest island, the Isle of Wight, sits just a short sea crossing over the Solent from the southern mainland coast of the United Kingdom. It has been enjoyed as a holiday and short break destination since the 18th Century and became one of Europe’s most fashionable resort areas after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their family’s home in the 1800s at Osborne House

The Island, as it is known, is just approximately 23 miles long from the most easterly point near Bembridge to the famous landmark of the Needles stacks and lighthouse which sits on its western tip. The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes sits at the northern point and at the most southerly point is marked by a lighthouse 13 miles away at St Catherine’s. The total area of the Isle of Wight is approximately 147 square miles and almost half has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Family Fun on the Isle of Wight

Whether you’re looking for traditional seaside fun or for an exciting range of activities for all ages, the Island is a wonderful relaxing holiday destination for families, with many family friendly attractions to enjoy

The Isle of Wight has an endless number of places to explore and entertain you and the kids, many of which are open all year round

The Isle of Wight is a popular place for a holiday, and plays host to some of the most famous and popular attractions in the UK, including the UK’s oldest theme park at Blackgang Chine! We even have a range of great animal attractions, where you can get up close and personal with penguins, meerkats and many others

 

 

Isle of Wight Beaches

One of our most famous features; from safe sandy shores with puddles for paddling to wilder, deserted beaches ideal for boogie boarding and surfing. No trip to the Isle of Wight would be complete without a day on the beach

For older children seeking adventure, there’s plenty of thrilling adventure activities on offer; tree climbing, mountain boarding and go karting to name a few, plus we’ve got lots of bicycle trails for the whole family to enjoy. Surrounded by sea we also have plenty of water sports to keep them entertained

Places To Eat & Drink on Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is fast becoming the foodie capital of the south coast and it is easy to see why!  Finding great places to eat is one of the highlights of any holiday, and the Isle of Wight offers a fabulous array to cater for all tastes and appetites

As soon as you step off the Isle of Wight Ferry you will be spoiled for choice, with an abundance of afternoon tea rooms, country pubs, quality restaurants and beach-side cafes.

Whether you are looking for family friendly or gourmet dining, the Isle of Wight is truly unique in what it can offer

 

Houses, Castles & Monuments

The fortifications of the Isle of Wight provide an historic insight into the Island’s strategic role throughout history

Carisbrooke Castle dates from Norman times and brings history alive to many thousands of visitors each year. Yarmouth Castle, the Needles Old Battery and Fort Victoria, will be of interest to the military historian as well as the casual visitor

Hilltop monuments such as the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down and the Tennyson Monument on Tennyson Down await discovery by the walker, upon St Catherine’s Down, you will find the imposing Russian-style Hoy Monument and St Catherines Oratory, the original 14th century lighthouse known locally as the “Pepperpot”

Osborne, on the north of the Isle of Wight, was the holiday residence of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This royal stamp of approval brought many famous Victorians to visit and settle on the Island

Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll and John Keats are just a few of the historical greats who were inspired by this “Enchanted Isle”