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Isle of Wight

Attractions and places to visit | Travel and visitor information

The Isle of Wight is a very pretty island just off the coast of Hampshire, Southern England and is only accessible by Hovercraft or Ferry.  In places the island is separated from the mainland coast by only three miles of water and yet enjoys a slower pace of life than its' mainland neighbour.

This unique island has many features ranging from modern bustling towns and seaside resorts to rolling downs and quaint villages that take you back in time.  The island offers a wide variety of things to see and do, including the internationally famous Cowes Week Sailing Regatta held during August, and makes it a very popular holiday destination.

Attractions and Places to Visit

Amazon World - 200 different species of rare exotic animals birds and insects in natural jungle environment
Appuldurcombe - 18th Century House and Falcon Centre
Bembridge Maritime - Maritime museum
Blackgang Chine - 40 acres of spectacular cliff top gardens and attractions
First Contact Active Leisure - activity centre
Flamingo Park - wildlife park
Freshwater Bay Golf Club
Godshill Model Village
Isle of Wight Natural History Centre - a unique collection gathered from the earth and the sea
Isle of Wight Steam Railway - passes through 5 miles of unspoilt island countryside
Isle of Wight Studio Glass - Come and watch free blown glass vessels of all shapes and sizes
Isle of Wight Zoo - Home of the Tiger sanctuary and Lemurland
Needles Pleasure Park - a great day out for all the family
Osbourne House
Robin Hill Adventure Park
Shanklin Chine - wander through the tranquil setting of this historic gorge
Skandia Life Cowes Week - one of the world's most famous yachting regattas
The Needles Battery - constructed between 1861-95 as a defence against French invasion

Travel Information for Visitors

Tourist and Other Information sources

Local Tourist Information
Tourist Information Centres,

Local Council
Isle of Wight Council,
County Hall,
High Street,
Isle of Wight,
PO30 1UD

Telephone: 01983 821000

Parking in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight provides  public car parks with good access in all its towns and villages.


The Island has a very good variety of  places to eat and drink.  These range from cafes and fast food outlets to pubs and quality restaurants.

Access by Public Transport

The Isle of Wight can only be accessed from mainland Britain via Wight Link, Red Funnel Ferries and Hover Travel from Portsmouth, Southsea, Southampton and Lymington.   Rail services provided by Stage Coach run from Ryde Pier to Shanklin including connections to the ferries from all stations on the island.  A regular bus service is provided by Southern Vectis around the whole of the island.