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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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  1. Tennyson Monument

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    Historic Site

    FRESHWATER

    The imposing memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, stands on the highest point of Tennyson Down (formerly High Down), a long chalk ridge with sheer cliffs on its south side.

    A late work designed by J.L. Pearson, it…

  2. 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…

  3. Shanklin Theatre

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    Theatre

    SHANKLIN

    Shanklin Theatre has a seating capacity of 615 thanks to our newly installed Matrix Seating System; the theatre opens all year round and is currently running approximately 150 plus shows a year.

  4. Combley Roman Villa & Modern Times at Robin Hill

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    NEWPORT

    ROMAN ERA - COMBLEY ROMAN VILLA:
    The mysteries of our buried roman villa are revealed in this historical new exhibition barn at Robin Hill.

    Combley Roman Villa is a buried farmstead that was originally built after the Roman invasion of Britain…

  5. East Cowes Beach

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    Beach

    East Cowes

    East Cowes Beach is a quiet shingle and sand beach with fantastic views across West Cowes and its marina, and also out across the Solent.

  6. Brading Roman Villa

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    Historic Site

    BRADING

    Have a day out with a difference at Brading Roman Villa. Visit one of the finest Roman sites in the UK, the award winning Visitor Centre and Museum offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain.

  7. Goodleaf Tree Climbing

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    RYDE

    Enjoy a canopy experience like no other with Goodleaf Tree Climbing 

  8. Ventnor Botanic Garden

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    Botanic Garden

    St Lawrence

    The Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is a place where the pleasure of plants can be enjoyed to the fullest, it is also a place where people of all ages can learn more about the wonderful world of plants.

  9. Freshwater Bay

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    Beach

    Freshwater

    Freshwater Bay is one of the most picturesque beaches in West Wight and lies just to the South of the town of Freshwater.

  10. Sandown Pier

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    SANDOWN

    A whole days fun in one! Lost world adventure golf. Magic Island fantasy and fun. Superbowl, dodgems, snake slide, amusements, cafes, bars and whole lot more.

  11. Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre

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    Wildlife Centres & Nature Reserves

    HAVENSTREET

    The friendly team at Haven Falconry are dedicated and skilled falconers who have a passion for birds of prey with experience back over 45yrs! Our ethos is education through fun!

  12. Amazon World Zoo Park & Soft Play

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    NEWCHURCH

    Amazon World Zoo Park is the Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction and also explore Monkey Madness the jungle themed soft play area.

  13. 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.

  14. Isle of Wight Zoo

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    SANDOWN

    From pocket sized primates to powerful predators, the residents of The Isle of Wight Zoo, will charm and amaze you!

  15. 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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