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Destination: Isle of Wight Tours

Isle of Wight
Description: South coast Island with beautiful scenery, loads of history and lots to do
Pronounced: ii-yl ov wiyt
Time to spend here: 1 -3 days
By the seaFamiliesNature lovers
Isle of Wight, South East England

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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. 

What can I see on the Island?
Osborne House
Osborne House, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseIn August Cowes is home to Cowes Week, the longest running sailing event in the world, started back in 1826.  Near Cowes, 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.
Carisbrooke Castle
Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseThe well preserved Carisbrooke Castle near Newport is best known for being where Charles I was imprisoned.
The Needles
The Needles, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseThe Needles are three chalk monolith rocks that are located at the most Westerly tip of The Island.  Cruises can be taken to see the Needles up close and personal from Alum Bay, which itself is famous for its many coloured sands.
Sandown Beach
Sandown Beach, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseSandown 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, 10 pin bowling to name a few.
Shanklin, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseShanklin - Old Village has a small road winding its way through it passing more smaller gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs some of them thatched.  The main town of Shanklin has a great long beach ideal for families.
Godshill, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseGodshill 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.
Ventnor, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseBeautiful 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.
Blackgang Chine
Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight
Osborne HouseBlackgang 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.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
English Heritage Pass

English Heritage pass
This is a great base for exploring:
The whole Island!
Transport options in this area: The Island is reached via Ferry and regular buses 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"
What's steaming, brown and comes out of Cowes?
The Isle of Wight ferry!
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