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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. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  2. Isle of Wight Steam Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Ryde

    Inspiring, Surprising and Award-Winning … Equally appealing to adults and families, your visit to The Isle of Wight Steam Railway will charm, engage and captivate, leaving you with some lasting memories of a special day out.

  3. Freshwater

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    Towns & Villages

    FRESHWATER

    Freshwater is a village in West Wight with the spectacular Freshwater Bay, easily recognised by its chalk cliffs & the imposing “Stag” & “Mermaid” rocks.

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. St Helens Duver and Priory Woods

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    Natural Feature

    St Helens


    St Helens Duver is a lovely place to relax or gently wander. There are sandy beaches, rock pools, sand dunes and coastal woods all within a small area. There is easy access from the car park onto the Duver, with its short turf and gently...

  7. 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...

  8. Allnatt Outdoors East Dene

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    Venue Provider

    BONCHURCH

    A spectacular historic Grade 2 listed Mansion House with adjoining Coach House overlooking the sea.

  9. Goodleaf Tree Climbing

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    RYDE

    Enjoy a canopy experience like no other with Goodleaf Tree Climbing 

  10. Lilliput Antique Doll & Toy Museum

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    Museum

    BRADING

    This internationally acclaimed museum contains one of the finest collections of antique dolls and toys in Britain. Numbering over 2000 exhibits dating from circa 2000 BC to circa 1945 the collection has been widely exhibited on BBC and ITV and with...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. Allendale Equestrian Centre

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    Horse Riding

    GODSHILL

    Allendale is situated on its own Bridleway in the glorious countryside. We pride ourselves in looking after our clients and caring for our horses

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. Sandown Pier

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    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.

  20. 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.

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