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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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  1. Freshwater

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    FRESHWATER

    Freshwater is a large village in West Wight and is a popular destination for visitors with the spectacular Freshwater Bay area lying to the South of the main village.

    The bay is easily recognised by its chalk cliffs and the imposing “Stag” and…

  2. Newport Roman Villa

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    Historic Site

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down

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    Natural Feature


    Beautiful open downland,sheer chalk cliffs and dramatic sea views

    Be inspired as Tennyson was
    Tennyson Down is probably one of the most popular places to walk on the Island. You can enjoy it just for the great leg-stretch from Freshwater Bay to…

  5. 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…

  6. Compton Downs

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    Natural Feature

    Newport


    One of the island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland

    Compton Bay and Downs are at the the heart of the much loved open landscape of the south west of the Isle of Wight. It has all the elements of a great day out in the…

  7. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  8. Cowes

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    Cowes

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

  9. 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…

  10. Dinosaur Isle

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    Museum

    Sandown

    In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs

  11. Yarmouth Castle

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    Yarmouth

    A Tudor Castle in a beautiful seaside town.

  12. Bembridge

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    BEMBRIDGE

    Bembridge lies on the most easterly point of the Isle of Wight. It's claimed to be the largest village in England, with a population of around 4,000.

  13. Shanklin Beach

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    Beach

    Shanklin

    Shanklin Beach is a one of the Isle of Wight’s best known stretches of golden sands, which backs onto a traditional English seafront promenade.

  14. 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.

  15. Newtown National Nature Reserve

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    Natural Feature

    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…

  16. Blackgang Chine

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Ventnor


    Overlooking the South coast of the Isle of Wight, Blackgang Chine offers an experience like no other. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you'll find adventures around every corner!

  17. Ventnor Beach

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    Beach

    Ventnor

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

  18. Yarmouth

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    YARMOUTH

    Yarmouth is a historic port town is located on the North-West of the Isle of Wight. Find things to do, places to eat and a map.

  19. 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…

  20. Borthwood Copse

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    Natural Feature

    Winford


    Paths wind through ancient oak woodland with sunny glades

    Borthwood Copse is a delightful spot to wander amongst ancient oak and beech trees, sunny glades and chestnut and hazel coppice. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a red…

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