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Things To Do on the Isle of Wight

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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. Springvale Beach

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    Beach

    Seaview

    Springvale Beach stretches from Puckpool to Seaview on the north coast of the Isle of Wight and is made up of a mixture of shingle and sand.

  2. 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...

  3. Colwell Bay

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    Beach

    Freshwater

    Colwell Bay is one of many picturesque beaches in West Wight, offer spectacular views back across the Solent to mainland England.

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Isle of Wight

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    Towns & Villages

    The perfect break on the Isle of Wight consists of many elements; strolls along the beaches, fun at Blackgang Chine, animal magic at the Isle of Wight Zoo and reminders of this Dinosaur Isle’s prehistoric past.

  8. Yarmouth Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Yarmouth

    A Tudor Castle in a beautiful seaside town.

  9. Solent & Wightline Cruises Ltd

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    Boat Trip

    Cowes

    We offer a choice of cruises to suit everyone. Cruises most days, ranging from 25 minutes Cowes Harbour Sightseeing to full day landing cruises to Portsmouth.

  10. 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.

  11. Newtown Old Town Hall

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    Historic Site

    Newport


    17th-century town hall with no town but a fascinating history

    Tucked away in a tiny hamlet adjoining the National Nature Reserve, the 17th-century Old Town Hall is the only remaining evidence of Newtown's former importance.

    It's hard to...

  12. 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!

  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. 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.

  15. Bembridge Windmill

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    Windmill

    Bembridge


    This little gem is a Grade 1 listed building and one of the island's most iconic images. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact.
     
    Climb to the top of the mill then find out how it once...

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  20. 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.

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