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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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Chillerton Down

Chillerton Down

An impressive flank of open downland Chillerton Down and the land around Gatcombe village is a beautiful area of downland, farmed and wooded...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. Add Mottistone Gardens to your Itinerary

    Mottistone Gardens

    Type

    Garden

    Location

    Newport


    Enchanting garden set in a sheltered valley

    Set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders.

    Surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house this 20th-century garden is experimenting with a...

  4. Add Ryde Beach to your Itinerary

    Ryde Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Ryde

    The beaches at Ryde lie on the north east coast of the Isle of Wight and offer miles and miles of sandy shores.

  5. 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.

  6. Add  Yarmouth Castle to your Itinerary

    Yarmouth Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Yarmouth

    A Tudor Castle in a beautiful seaside town.

  7. Add Newtown National Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

    Newtown National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Newport


    A quiet backwater with a busy Medieval past, now bursting with wildlife

    This is the only National Nature Reserve on the Isle of Wight. It is a beautiful retreat that has something to offer boat owners, walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and historians or just those in search of peace and tranquility...

  8. 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.

  9. West Wight

    Type

    Towns & Villages

    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.

  10. Add Yaverland Beach to your Itinerary

    Yaverland Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Location

    Sandown

    Yaverland Beach is one of the Isle of Wight’s best beaches, providing a long stretch of sand and great swimming waters for children and families.