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
- Dinosaur Isle, Sandown
- Blackgang Chine, Ventnor
- Osborne House Queen Victoria's country home, Cowes
- The Needles, Alum Bay
- Monkey Haven, Newport
- Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Ryde
- Bembridge Fort, Sandown
- Mottistone Gardens, Newport
- Robin Hill Country Park, Arreton
- Carisbrooke Castle, Newport
- Yarmouth Castle, Yarmouth
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:
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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.