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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 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.

Places to visit on the Isle of Wight

The sheltered south-east towns of Sandown and Shanklin are among the most popular places to visit on the Isle of Wight while further north, Cowes and Newport are popular for days out and bustling with activity. If you're looking for things to do in Ryde, there are three award-winning beaches with attractions and refreshments nearby.

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

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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.co.uk.

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 itinerary 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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Number of results: 68

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  1. Chillerton Down

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    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...

  2. 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.

  3. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  4. Robin Hill Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Newport

    With some incredible day and night time experiences to be found throughout the season, Robin Hill Country Park is the perfect destination for visitors of all ages. Set in 88 acres of beautiful countryside, the park provides fun, adventure and great...

  5. Ventnor Downs

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    Enviromental Attraction

    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...

  6. Osborne

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    Historic House / Palace

    East Cowes

    Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.

  7. Ryde

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    Towns & Villages

    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.

  8. Sandown Beach

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    Beach

    Sandown

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

  9. Fort Victoria Country Park

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    Castle / Fort

    YARMOUTH

    Fort Victoria, a short walk from Yarmouth, is a great family day out come rain or shine.

  10. St Catherine's Down

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    Natural Feature

    Ventnor


    A wild rocky coast with jutting cliffs, a windswept down and sheltered wooded valley

    This is possibly one of the most wild and beautiful parts of the Isle of Wight with a wonderfully varied landscape in a relatively small area.

    Turbulent...

  11. Seagrove Beach

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    Beach

    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...

  12. Freshwater

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    FRESHWATER

    Freshwater is a village in West Wight with the spectacular Freshwater Bay, easily recognised by its chalk cliffs & the imposing “Stag” & “Mermaid” rocks.

  13. Ventnor

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    Ventnor

    A Victorian town with a Mediterranean feel & many attractions, Ventnor is one of the sunniest spots on the Isle of Wight with its sheltered southerly aspect

  14. West Wight

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    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.

  15. Cowes

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    Towns & Villages

    Cowes

    What makes Cowes such a Mecca for yachtsmen and what is there to do in this seaport town?

  16. Ryde Beach

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    Beach

    Ryde

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

  17. The Needles Old Battery & New Battery

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    Historic Site

    Alum Bay

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

  18. Yaverland Beach

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    Beach

    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.

  19. Bembridge Fort

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    Castle / Fort

    Sandown


    A Victorian fort gradually being restored

    In a commanding position on top of Bembridge Down, Isle of Wight, this derelict Victorian fort is now open for volunteer-run guided tours.

    Guided tours are available every Tuesday from April to October...

  20. Monkey Haven

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Newport

    Swing on by to Monkey Haven – the happiest attraction in town! You’ll meet all kinds of wonderful creatures at this popular animal sanctuary, including the singing Lar Gibbons, cheeky Meerkats, slithering snakes and the cutest owlets.

    The...