Where to Visit on the Isle of Wight

Denise Larkin By Denise Larkin, 20th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are a few beautiful places that you can visit whilst taking a holiday on the Isle of Wight. Here are a few of them.

Visit the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island all on its own on England's South Coast. No passport is needed for the short sea crossing to the island. The diamond-shaped island is one of England's sunniest and warmest places and is a great place for family vacations or short breaks. Some years back, my husband and I would take our two sons to this beautiful island for a vacation. We used to hire a caravan or a chalet and we would enjoy the sea air and climate.

Areas to Visit on Isle of Wight

Here are a list of places to visit if visiting the Isle of Wight.

Cowes - Cowes is the Island's main port with a natural harbor at the mouth of the Medina river.

Ryde - Ryde's main attraction is its miles of glorious golden sand beach.

Wootton - Many years back, the Romans landed cargo here. King Canute is said to have come ashore.

Newport - Newport is located in the centre of the Island and it is the main shopping area. There are excellent roads and bus services.

Bembridge - The last remaining windmill on the Isle of Wight can be found just outside Bembridge. The windmill dates back from 1700 has undergone restoration and is managed by the National Trust.

Brading - There is evidence here, from skeletal, art factual and structural remains, that this area of the Isle of Wight has been home to humans continuously through Stone, Bronze, Iron Ages and recorded history, right up to the present day.

Sandown - Sandown and Shanklin are close together. Early Victorian visitors were captivated by the beautiful Sandown Bay and golden sands. Sandown’s seafront is just yards from the town’s shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. There is a Tiger Sanctuary and Dinosaur Isle Museum to explore too.

Shanklin - This town has great character and charm. It has many interesting small shops and a variety of hotels and apartments in former Victorian country houses.

Ventnor - This Victorian town with its Mediterranean feel, is one of the sunniest spots on the Isle of Wight. This town was built on series of terraces beneath St. Boniface Down, the town’s roads zigzag down to the sea past the beautifully planted cascades.

St. Lawrence - This beautiful town is full of bungalows with lush gardens. The location provides a sub tropical micro climate that results in a mass of plants and flowers. There is also a Shipwreck Center, which is a magical center full of interesting facts about the shipwreck just off the shore of St. Lawrence.

Calbourne - This place is an unspoilt village on the Isle of Wight that is well worth a visit. Calbourne Watermill is the 17th century working watermill that stands in beautifully kept grounds and is open to the public for visits. There you can wander around lovely gardens and stop at the café that sells home baking.

Yarmouth - The best part of the town is the unique 700ft long timber pier dating from 1876, which is also a Grade II listed building. There are five hundred and 52 deck planks that record the names of those who helped fund the pier’s restoration in the 1990s.

Freshwater - There is an 18 hole golf course which is beautifully situated on the downs above the Freshwater Bay. There are plenty of shops in Freshwater and the West Wight Sports Center has a public indoor swimming pool.

Brighstone - In this town of Brighstone, there is an interesting church, a good pub and a great tea garden. There is, also, a church in the village which dates back to 1190. Three of its former Rectors were consecrated bishops and in the village is a pub named “The Three Bishops

How to Get to the Isle of Wight

If visiting the Isle of Wight from England, then a ferry from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth will get you there. There are high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. There are also vehicle ferries. For more information on getting to the Isle of Wight go to the Direct Ferries website.


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author avatar Denise Larkin
I write articles based on travel, news, television, movies or on anything else that interests me. I live in the United Kingdom and I am from London. I have been writing for 18 years!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th Mar 2012 (#)

Just beautiful Denise...thank you for this lovely page...:0)

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Mar 2012 (#)

I have never been to the Isle of Wight, my wife has, I believe her favorite spot was Godshill.

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author avatar Buzz
21st Mar 2012 (#)

I first heard the Isle of Wight from the Beatles' song "When I'm 64" :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful place.

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author avatar Christine Crowley
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Great article. Hope to get there some day!

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author avatar Denise O
21st Mar 2012 (#)

Wight sounds and looks delightful. Thank you for sharing.:)

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