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Isle of Wight

Long Beaches & Short Breaks on the Isle of Wight

Pack up the family and embark on your voyage of discovery on the Isle of Wight. It's just a short hop and a skip across the Solent and you’ll be amazed at what’s waiting on the other side.

High downs and soaring cliffs, long sandy beaches fringed by farms and forestland, fishing villages and bustling resorts, it’s no wonder that this almost fairy-tale like island was the inspiration of Lewis Carroll to write his magical story Alice in Wonderland.

Throughout history, Blackgang Chine had a reputation for shipwrecks, gangs and smugglers, and this swashbuckling imagery provides the inspiration for the Chine’s own theme park. You might be surprised to find lions and tigers on the island, yet you can see them and lots of other animals looking quite at home in the Owl & Monkey Haven. And for gardeners, no Isle of Wight short break is complete without a trip to Ventnor Botanic Gardens, where plants thrive in the wonderful island micro-climate.

Things to do on the Isle of Wight this weekend

Many of the Isle of Wight's tourist attractions are open all year round so find something to do today with activities listings each showing a map and opening times for your convenience. Or why not browse our events guide to find out what's happening this week.

Top 11 things to do on the Isle of Wight

Accommodation on the Isle of Wight is just as unique as the island itself; whether you spend a night in a Yurt or book a B&B by the sea, the Isle of Wight offers plenty of choice:

For ideas and inspiration on where to stay, what's on and things to do on the Isle of Wight visit the official website, visitIsleofWight.

List of things to do & places to visit for days out on the Isle of Wight

For more information about the Isle of Wight, including ideas for days out, attractions and events, view the list below for information on things to do and towns and villages within the county. Use the 'map view' button to find something near you.

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Newtown Old Town Hall

Newtown Old Town Hall

17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history Tucked away in a tiny hamlet adjoining the National Nature Reserve, the...

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  1. Add Isle of Wight Steam Railway to your Itinerary

    Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    Type

    Steam Railway

    Location

    Ryde

    Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out.

  2. Add Ventnor Downs to your Itinerary

    Ventnor Downs

    Type

    Enviromental Attraction

    Location

    Ventnor


    The Ventnor Downs rise steeply above the Victorian seaside town of Ventnor. With the sparkling sea below and the Holm oak trees which have colonised the south-facing chalk slopes, there is almost a Mediterranean flavour to the landscape. On top of the downs you’ll find a complete change of...

  3. Add The Needles Landmark Attraction to your Itinerary

    The Needles Landmark Attraction

    Type

    Family Fun & Activities

    Location

    ALUM BAY

    Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, there's breathtaking scenery and a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs.

  4. Add Newport Roman Villa to your Itinerary

    Newport Roman Villa

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    NEWPORT

    On the edge of Newport town centre, the remains of this Roman farmhouse are well worth discovering. The villa has one of the finest bath suites in southern England and there are hands on activities for all of the family.

  5. Add The Needles Old Battery & New Battery to your Itinerary

    The Needles Old Battery & New Battery

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Alum Bay

    A spectacularly sited, cliff top fort overlooking The Needles Rocks, in the care of the National Trust.

  6. Add Seagrove Beach to your Itinerary

    Seagrove Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Seaview

    Seagrove Bay sits between Seaview beach and Priory Bay on the north east coast and boasts some of the largest and most imposing seaside properties on the Isle of Wight. When the tide is out Seagrove Bay has a large expanse of golden sands, making it popular for a whole range of beach activities...

  7. Add Electric Woods at Robin Hill to your Itinerary

    Electric Woods at Robin Hill

    Type

    Event Venue

    Location

    NEWPORT

    Electric Woods is a series of stunning evening events featuring a spectacle of themed light, colour and sound set in a five acre pocket of ancient woodland at Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens.

    As dusk falls, a beautiful array of lighting brings a warm and magical glow to the trees, woodland...

  8. Add Chillerton Down to your Itinerary

    Chillerton Down

    Type

    Natural Feature


    An impressive flank of open downland

    Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded valleys hidden away in the middle of the Isle of Wight.

    It is partly owned by the National Trust and partly protected by National Trust covenants to...

  9. Add Ventnor Beach to your Itinerary

    Ventnor Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Ventnor

    Ventnor beach is the southernmost holiday beach on the Isle of Wight and is well-loved by locals and visitors alike.

  10. Add Sandown Beach to your Itinerary

    Sandown Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Sandown

    Sandown lies at the heart of 'The Bay' and is renowned for its beautiful beach and safe bathing.