Ryde is located on the North-East of the Island and is one of the largest towns on the Island. Georgian and Victorian houses rise up from the 1/2 mile long pier up into the hills behind. The Pier, built in 1814, is now the home of the high speed ferry which links the Island from Portsmouth and the mainland and is also the station for the Island's electric railway which runs to Shanklin. A wide variety of shops line the main High Street and lead you down the the Esplanade with its' golden sandy beaches. Ryde offers a wide choice of activities including bowling, ice skating, swimming and children's play areas.
Further information on attractions to discover in the area and other interesting villages to visit is available. For information on public services for Isle of Wight please take a look at the Isle of Wight local pages.