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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. Cowes

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    Cowes

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

  2. Mottistone Gardens

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    Garden

    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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Yarmouth Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Yarmouth

    A Tudor Castle in a beautiful seaside town.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Tapnell Farm Park

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    Farm

    YARMOUTH

    Set in acres of beautiful countryside, surrounded by amazing views of the Isle of Wight, Tapnell Farm Park is one of the Island’s biggest all-weather, fun-filled family attractions.

    There’s so much to see and do, with just as much inside as…

  11. 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…

  12. Chillerton Down

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    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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. Farringford House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    FRESHWATER

    Visiting Farringford

    Farringford is a Grade 1 Listed Building and was the main domicile residence of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, from 1856 until his death in 1892. It continued in the possession of the Tennyson family until 1945, when it…

  19. Newport

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

  20. Compton Downs

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    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…

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