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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.

Towns and places to visit 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 towns and villages within the county.

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Brading

Medusa - Roman Villa

Standing on the western bank of the River Yar in the east of the Isle of Wight, this ancient little town is pleasantly built on a hillside below...

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  1. Add Brading to your Itinerary

    Brading

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    Brading

    An ancient little Isle of Wight town with a long and colourful history that offers some of the greatest heritage, landscape and wildlife on the island.

  2. West Wight

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    A spectacular coastline that includes rugged white cliffs, the famous Needles rocks and the multicoloured sandstone cliffs of Alum Bay. It also has many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  3. Add Shanklin to your Itinerary

    Shanklin

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    Shanklin

    Shanklin on the Isle of Wight is a resort of great charm whose popular seaside attractions include a sandy beach, with excellent swimming and sunbathing opportunities.

  4. Add Cowes to your Itinerary

    Cowes

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    Cowes

    Separated by the River Medina and linked by a chain ferry, the Isle of Wight's most northerly towns of Cowes and East Cowes are steeped in maritime heritage.

  5. Add Isle of Wight to your Itinerary

    Isle of Wight

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    The perfect break on the Isle of Wight consists of many elements; strolls along the beaches, fun at Blackgang Chine, animal magic at the Isle of Wight Zoo and reminders of this Dinosaur Isle’s prehistoric past.

  6. Add Sandown to your Itinerary

    Sandown

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    Sandown

    Sandown is a firm favourite with families seeking a traditional seaside holiday. The magnificent sandy beach slopes gently into the sea, ideal for paddling and swimming.

  7. Add Ventnor to your Itinerary

    Ventnor

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    Ventnor

    A Victorian town with a Mediterranean feel, Ventnor is one of the sunniest spots on the Isle of Wight, thanks to its sheltered southerly aspect.

  8. Add Newport to your Itinerary

    Newport

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    The historic town of Newport is situated in the centre of the Isle of Wight and is its principal town.

  9. Add Ryde to your Itinerary

    Ryde

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    Ryde

    The largest town on the Isle of Wight, Ryde has fine Georgian and Victorian buildings, lively pubs and restaurants, a seafront promenade, a marina and great nightlife and entertainment.