Towns & Villages
Cowes on the Isle of Wight is a Mecca for yachtsman and hosts many national and international events. During the sailing season the waterfront is a kaleidoscope of colourful sails. The focal point is the Royal Yacht Squadron, housed in the former Cowes Castle.
Each year Cowes plays host to Cowes Week and is the start point of the Round the Island Race. The narrow pedestrianised High Street is bursting with interesting boutiques, antique shop, chandlers, delicatessens, restaurants and lively pubs.
You'll find the high-speed ferry to Southampton at adjacent Fountain Quay. East Cowes is the terminus of the car and passenger ferry from Southampton. The town has its own small shopping centre, lively marina and seafront promenade, with fine Solent views and a popular paddling pool.
Things to do in Cowes . . .
- Visit the magnificent Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favourite seaside residence.
- Enjoy a round of golf at Cowes Golf Club.
- Discover all there is to know about tanks and armoured cars at the Isle of Wight Military History Museum.
- More things to do on the Isle of Wight
- What's on: Isle of Wight events guide
More Cowes Information
For more information visit the official tourism website for the Isle of Wight.
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