Isle of Wight Travel Guide
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Morgans: 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...
The Crab: 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...
The Dairyman's Daughter: 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...
The Pantry: 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...
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.
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...
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.
Island Gems: 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.
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)
Updated Sep 19, 2012
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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.
Written May 17, 2006
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