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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 10 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Freshwater

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    Towns & Villages

    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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Osborne

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    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. 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…

  11. Shanklin Beach

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    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.

  12. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum

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    Museum

    BRADING

    UPDATE: Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum is now closed and will be through Winter. However they hope to open in 2021. 

    Please check the website for updated information. 

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  16. Godshill Model Village

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    Model / Miniature Village

    GODSHILL

    RHS Partner Garden & Winner of Wight in Bloom Small Tourist Attraction 2016

    This beautiful Model Village nestles in the grounds of the Old Vicarage. Set in nearly two acres of gorgeous landscaped gardens this is a real retro find - a…

  17. Prehistoric Plants at Ventnor Botanic Garden

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    Botanic Garden

    ST LAWRENCE

    At Ventnor Botanic Garden you will be able to collect a Walking with Dinosaur Plants Trail Map (when paying full admission) and head out into the Garden to discover the modern relatives of these prehistoric plants. With the Trail Map adults and…

  18. Bembridge Beach

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    Beach

    Bembridge

    The main beach in Bembridge runs down the coast from the spit at the edge of Bembridge harbour. The beach is comprised of stones, pebbles and shells but has sand below the high water mark and a large sandbank that extends into the Solent at low tide.

  19. Alum Bay & Needles Rocks at The Needles Landmark Attraction

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    Historic Site

    ALUM BAY

    ALUM BAY:

    Alum Bay is well known for its multi-coloured sand cliffs and the area is also renowned for its stunning views across the Solent. Many homes around the world have a glass object filled with sand as a memento of a visit to Alum Bay and…

  20. The Garlic Farm

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    Shop / Shopping Centre

    NEWCHURCH

    Come to the Garlic Farm and indulge all of your senses. Taste all our amazing garlic products from chutneys to popcorn and ice cream. Take a tour of the farm our tractor trailer. Eat in our renowned restaurant. Explore, learn and have fun!

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