Isle of Wight Travel Guide

  • Arriving into East Cowes by ferry.
    Arriving into East Cowes by ferry.
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    Island view
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    Freshwater Bay
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Isle of Wight Things to Do

  • The Needles

    Easily the island's best-known attraction, The Needles are a row of three rocks extending seawards at its westernmost point. A lighthouse, built in 1859, on the last of them gives the image an even more spectacular touch. The Needles are beautiful chalk rocks, but they don't look the slightest bit like a needle. Their name allegedly derives from a...

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  • Osborne House - A gem on the Isle of...

    The house was designed by Prince Albert in the style of an Italian renaissance palazzo.It was built between 1845 and 1851,and was later to become Queen Victoria's country getaway. This beautiful house and gardens are well worth a visit while on the Isle of Wight.Try getting there early, as by the time we left,about 1pm it was getting busy. The...

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  • Visit Carisbrooke Castle

    Really enjoyed the visit to this well preserved castle that was built in 1100 AD and where Charles 1 was imprisoned.The walks around the castle walls gave you great views of the surrounding countryside,although you have to negotiate the 71 steps first.Inside the castle grounds you will also find a museum which is run by an independent charitable...

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  • Walk out to The Needles Old Battery.

    We did the 20 minute walk out to the Old Battery on a day with perfect weather.The walk has some of the best views on the island (see travelogue),looking down on Alum Bay and across to the south coast of England,as well as views of the Needles and lighthouse.When you reach Alum Bay you will find a large car park (charges apply) at Needles Park,from...

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  • Isle of Wight Lavender

    Why not combine a trip to the Owl & Monkey Have with a trip to the Lavender Farm; they are only a couple of minutes apart.Here you can buy lavender plants to take home or choose from a large array of lavender products from their shop.There is an onsite tearoom.

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  • Adgestone Vineyard

    What we liked most about this place was that the coaches could not get here; it is so peaceful and quiet.You can enjoy the countryside views from their onsite café, there is a gift shop and of course the odd bit of wine tasting.

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  • Waltzing Waters

    Waltzing Waters is amazing.You know you are going to watch fountains moving to the sound of music but this show is technically very clever, the music and water synchronisation is perfect.There is also a shop and a café.You can buy a DVD of their shows at the shop.Please note that there is no photography or video cameras allowed in the show.Other...

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  • The Garlic Farm

    If you are a garlic lover you are going to love this place.It is everything garlic, eating, growing and cooking with the delightful little bulb.There is a restaurant here where you can get meals cooked with garlic (obviously)There is also a shop to buy your garlic, including smoked; they also have a range of pickles for you to try and buy. You can...

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  • Chill out at Indy's

    What a lovely little find.The perfect place to chill out and you will when you sit in one of the sofas in Indy's.Tea and coffee are served all day.Beer from around the World is on offer as well as cocktails and spirits.What you will enjoy about this place is if you get to meet Lorraine, what a wonderful person she is, you will love her.

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  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway

    This was our favourite day out.Pay one price and you can ride the train all day if you like.Go first class as we did for that extra bit of comfort.Go to one station and get off, spend some time there and when you are ready get back on the train and return to the depot, stay on and go up to the next station, get off there and have a look around and...

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  • Butterfly & Fountain World

    Butterfly & Fountain World was an interesting visit.Plenty of butterflies flying around and the variations are amazing. If only they would settle long enough for you to photograph them :o)You don't realise how warm it is in here until you step out and then go into the fountain side of it, a shiver will run down your spine and the sudden drop in...

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  • Owl & Monkey Haven

    This is the best animal park we have ever been too.It was immaculate, every cage had an animal in, and the grounds were superb.There is a café on site; the staff are friendly and helpful.What a day out, well impressed.Different things going on during the day check out their website for details and timings.

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  • Osborne House

    I could have posted more pictures but you are not allowed to photograph the inside of Osborne House.The house no longer belongs to the monarchy but the contents do and they are protected by copyright.This is a magnificent house and is well worth the visit.A little warning though, if you can, get there very early, about 09.30ish and you will get...

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  • Arreton Old Village

    I have mixed feelings about this site.Some of it is interesting and well thought out.Some of it is a tourist trap and quite cheesy.Feeding the carp in the pond would have been better if the food sold for the carp floated and you could get to see the carp rise to the top clearly, but the water is so muddy and the food sank, you barely got to see the...

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  • Sand Shapes

    Here is your chance to fill little shaped glass bottles with a selection of the 21 different colours of sand from Alum Bay.

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  • Alum Bay Glass

    This was our favourite glass shop on the island.Good demonstrations of the glass blowing where the glass blower talked you through the entire process of creating a piece.There is a great selection of glass to buy and we thought they were very cheap considering all of the work that went into making the pieces.

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  • Isle of Wight Glass

    First the good news, this place is tucked away down some small country lanes so the coaches can't get here.There is no bad news :o)Lovely glass here although a tad expensive, glass blowing demonstrations throughout the day, blow your own bubble or even make your own paperweight.There is a tearoom here for refreshments (It does get warm in the glass...

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  • BEMBRIDGE WINDMILL

    The only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, and it's still in good working order. There are guided tours in Summer.

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Isle of Wight Hotels

Isle of Wight Restaurants

  • Good honest food.

    It was at Morgan's that we had our last evening meal and a good choice it was.Thursday nights they have a special pasta evening which meant you could have any pasta dish and a glass of wine for less than a tenner.Not the place for a quiet romantic evening meal, but full of atmosphere with friendly helpful staff. Sheila had mussels with garlic and...

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  • Don't be fooled by its prettiness.

    You can't help but fall I love with the sight of the Crab. Lovely old thatched cottage type building.Lit up at night, it does look good.Part of a chain, the menu was the usual pub type grub, nothing special, but you would expect it to be cooked properly.Our taxi driver took us here and recommended the place, and as you know, they always say that if...

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  • Quirky Village Pub

    The Dairyman's Daughter came as a bit of a surprise to us, we were not expecting it to be as nice as it was.Looking like an old fashioned village pub with all of its knick knacks all over the interior (No doubt, a cleaners nightmare) it looked and felt cosy.We only had a couple of drinks here but all the food that was brought out looked good and...

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  • Not sure if I would like to eat here.

    A lot of visitors to our country have often complained about the quality of British food.If their first encounter with British food is anything like "The Pantry" who can blame them.When you walk into the Pantry, it looks like a works canteen, and a shabby one at that. Rows and rows of pies, of various descriptions, were under the heat lamps on the...

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  • Good coffee and tea.

    Smaller of the two cafes here but with good quality drinks and snacks. Tea and coffee alongside muffins and sandwiches and cold drinks.

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  • Good Tapas

    What we like about the Met was that it was on the sea front.People watching as you dined was interesting.The staff were great and attentive. I had the Tapas, fried chorizo sausage, chilli & garlic prawns and piri piri chicken with a lime and coriander dressed salad.Sheila had a sea bass with cabbage and new potatoes.

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Isle of Wight Transportation

  • Local buses.

    If you don't have a car then you will probably need the services of Southern Vectis.They are the bus company for the Isle of Wight.They also have open top bus tours as well as coach hire.

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  • Walk or take the cable car.

    You have two choices if you want to go down to the beach at Alum Bay.1. You could walk down the 188 steps and the 188 steps back up.2. You could take the cable car.The conclusion therefore is:-1. After the walk back up, you will be knackered.2. The cable car ride could scare the life out of you.

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  • Getting there.

    Prices are difficult to give because there are so many variations, please contact the website.Quick turnaround and always to schedule.Hot and cold drinks available along with hot and cold food.

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Isle of Wight Shopping

  • Oasis

    You can buy just about anything for the home here.They import a lot of superb wood furniture from Bali. We bought “Bob” (Skellybob) a skeletal pirate that stands 4 foot tall; he is to go in my new study.

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  • Gems from the land.

    This shop just about covers all of your needs if you are into fossils and semi precious stones.Onyz, agate, rose quartz and amethyst geodes, chunks and ornaments.Ammonites and various other fossils can be found here.Check out their website which also has a online store.

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  • Gems of the water.

    Despite what you might think, not all pearls are round and white, nor do they all come from oysters or even from the sea.Pearls do come in all shapes and sizes and in various colours and can be found in freshwater molluscs as well.This shop has them all.As you walk into the shop, the three islands on the left all contain pearls set in gold. On the...

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Isle of Wight Warnings and Dangers

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    I would nomaly write this up as a tip but I feel that you should be warned that if you visit this place, you are likely to be disappointed.
    It cost a lot of money to get in and a lot of the exhibits were not showing any animals.
    The entire place looks run down, quite smelly in some areas (not animal smells)

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Isle of Wight Off The Beaten Path

  • Sunset near St Catherine's Point

    Not far away from the village of Niton is St Catherine's Point, the island's southernmost tip. Nearby is a viewpoint from which you've got a breathtaking panoramic view over the sea and the south coast of the Isle of Wight. We went there for sunset and enjoyed some lovely photo opportunities. The Coastal Path passes this point as well.Directions:...

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  • BONCHURCH POTTERY

    I was glad we took the daunting drive down to the seafront at Bonchurch, a small suburb next to Ventnor. We came across the studio of Andrew Bristow, a potter who has been working on the Isle of Wight for many years. His pottery is very pretty and I couldn't resist buying a few items to take home. Opening hours vary so call ahead before arriving.

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