Isle of Wight Island in England
Isle of Wight, as the most populated island in the British Isles, the Isle of Wight is situated 4 miles off the Hampshire coast and features a yearly boat regatta and a number of pretty shopping towns.
The Needles - Take the chairlift to the stunning Needles rocks and coloured sands beach before enjoying the sweet-making experiences, 4D cinema and glass making educational sites. Open Monday to Sunday from 10am. Closed over Christmas and New Year.
Steam Railway - Award winning attraction, the Steam Railway allows visitors to step back into bygone eras and soak up the atmosphere of real steam rail travel. The Victorian and Edwardian carriages have been restored to their former glory and can be enjoyed while exploring the Isle of Wight scenery and countryside. Open from March through to December. First class tickets for adults are just £18.
Carisbrooke Castle - Situated close to Newport, the castle is the the venue of Charles 1st’s imprisonment prior to his trial. Features a museum with 27,000 items related to the local history and that of the castle itself. Official host of the Wight at War exhibition. Open 10am to 4,45pm each day during the Summer months and 10am to 3.45pm during the Winter months on Weekends only.
Cowes town - This seaport is the stopping place for most people coming from the mainland and is the home of the Cowes boat regatta. With a festival atmosphere, Cowes is a fun Summer town with plenty of independent shops and eateries. Go across the river from West Cowes to East via the chain ferry to look at Prince Alberts garden designs.
It is possible to visit the Isle of Wight for the day and experience much of what it has to offer. Just a short ferry ride from the Hampshire coast, this island is the home to outdoor water pursuits and amazing countryside including the stunning Needles rock formations that will take your breath away.
With a number of coastal towns and pristine beaches, visitors can have a brilliant family day out. Lovers of music may be lucky enough to get an Isle of Wight festival ticket, while boating enthusiasts cannot miss the yearly regatta which highlights the luxury of the area. Quaint independent shops also feature heavily in the coastal towns while lovers of history can visit royal castles and manor houses.