At just over 10 minutes from the mainland and with up to 35 ferry crossings a day, the Isle of Wight is by far the most accessible of England's small island destinations. Known locally simply as "The Island", it is often described as a version of England in Miniature. This is thanks to the diverse landscape it encompasses in just 147 square miles.
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“Excellent location for families and couples who love the world of adventure and explorations. We are just a short way from the ferry port and enjoy the inland setting of Newport with its surrounding countryside and breathtaking scenery. A warm welcome awaits all our guests.”
41 Quay St, Newport, Newportrooms from £55.00 View Prices
“Situated on the North East coast of the Isle of Wight and perfect for those who wish to access the ferry crossing quickly and easily. We are centrally located on the main esplanade enjoying sea views. Just a 3 minute walk from the train, bus stations and hovercraft port.”
31 Dover Street, Ryderooms from £40.00 View Prices
“Wonderful setting in the South East of the Isle of Wight. We are situated in the interesting and beautiful town of Ventnor and offer a luxurious and elegant solution for your accommodation needs. All our guests are made to feel most welcome and at home.”
Hambrough Road, Ventnorrooms from £114.00 View Prices
“Wonderfully attractive and charming Victorian house where you can spend quality times here in the charming town of Ventnor. The Windsor Carlton offers excellent accommodation and high standards of service for you and your loved ones. A warm welcome awaits all our guests.”
5 Alexandra Gardens, Ventnorrooms from £50.00 View Prices
“Set in the exciting and dynamic harbour town of Yarmouth on the magical Isle of Wight. We are delighted to welcome you warmly and ensure you are well taken care of during your stay with us. The George Hotel maintains its 17th century charm and homely appeal.”
Quay St, Yarmouthrooms from £125.00 View Prices
Things to See and Do Here
The west is largely open countryside, much of it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (over half the Isle is designated as such) that boasts the stunning white cliffs of the Tennyson Heritage Coast, the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay and arguably The Island's most photographed sight, the weathered chalk rock of The Needles.
The rest of the Isle is home to the classic seaside resort towns, notably Shanklin and Sandown, and Cowes, its largest port and the starting-point for the world's oldest regular regatta. This being the famous Cowes Week, which has been held every August (except during the World Wars) since 1826.
The Island's most popular manmade attraction is the stately Osborne House, the favoured coastal retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Built in the middle of the 19th century, the house is furnished much as the pair left it and is dotted with family mementos. Its Italianate gardens were co-designed by Albert. Their sub-tropical species, walled fruit garden, Renaissance-style statues and vistas of the sea are worth the price of admission alone.