Destination: Isle of Wight

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South coast Island with beautiful scenery, loads of history and lots to do

Isle of Wight

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Introducing Isle of Wight


The island has 60 miles of spectacular coastline, with picturesque coves and beautiful bays of golden sand. Inland the countryside is just as stunning, with gentle rolling hills and little lanes to explore. With over 60 miles of cycle ways, the island is a dream for cyclists too. Apart from being one of the prime places for sailing in the UK, the island offers a plethora of sporting activities from fishing and golf to windsurfing and para-gliding. History lovers will enjoy Carisbrooke Castle, and most will marvel at the extravagance of Osborne House, built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The island is a short 10 minute journey by hovercraft or catamaran from Portsmouth, while ferries from Southampton and the New Forest take around 30 minutes. A train operates down the east side of the island enabling you to explore the beach resorts of Sandown and Shanklin, while a round the island bus service gets you further afield including the gorgeous bay at Ventnor, or to the western side of the island to Alum Bay and the Needles.

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Region: South East England

Time to spend here: 1 -3 days

More Information: www.visitwight.co.uk

What's nearby? The whole island!

What transport do you recommend? The Island is reached via Ferry (or Hovercraft!) and regular buses and trains run around the island although a car is handy.

Did you know? A new species of cat-like dinosaur was discovered here in 1988. The 12ft long creature had murderous claws, razor sharp teeth and long hind legs on which it ran like the wind"

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What can I see in and around Isle of Wight?


Osborne House

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The extravagantly decorated Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1845, as a summer home and rural retreat. Prince Albert designed the house himself. A visit of this seaside home is must-see whilst visiting the Isle of Wight.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Carisbrooke Castle

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The well preserved Carisbrooke Castle near Newport is best known for being where Charles I was imprisoned.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

The Needles

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The Needles is by far Isle of Wight's most iconic and dramatic landmark. The three chalk monolith rocks are located at the most Westerly tip of the Island. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the chairlift down to Alum Bay.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Sandown Beach

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Sandown beach, situated in the South East of the island, is popular with families and water sport fanatics. Its large pier has many small attractions including amusements, crazy golf, children's rides to name a few.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Shanklin

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Shanklin - Old Village has a small road winding its way through it passing small gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs, some of them thatched. The main town of Shanklin has a great long beach ideal for families.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Godshill

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Godshill is a beautiful old village with plenty of thatched houses and gift shops, tea rooms and two pubs with a church up on the hill.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Ventnor

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Beautiful Ventnor situated on the south-east of the island was established as a seaside resort in the Victorian era, and its winding streets contain an array of quirky boutiques.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Blackgang Chine

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Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs, nursery rhyme characters, cowboys and Indians all set within rambling Victorian gardens overlooking a spectacular coastline.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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