Attractions

Sandown Beach
Sandown Beach
The Isle of Wight is known as 'The Garden Isle',
not surprisingly when you visit the Botanical Gardens at Ventnor, where many rare and exotic plants can be seen. These cannot thrive anywhere else in Britain due to our exceptionally mild climate.

Here on the Island we have history stretching back millions of years. Also known as 'Dinosuar Island', there are several dinosaur museums and Roman villas. We also have historical links to Charles I, Queen Victoria, Lord Tennyson to name but a few.

Science is well represented too with Marconi and his wireless transmissions, Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft and John Milne and seismograph.

"What about the kids?", we hear you say. Apart from just about every water sport you could think of, there's theme parks, smuggling museums, adventure playgrounds galore, ghost walks, Sandown Zoo, you name it, the Island has it!. So don't worry mum and dad, if the weather is not right for lazing on the beach, although rare here on the Isle of Wight, there are plenty of things to see and do indoors.

And if that was not enough - a 10 minute trip by hovercraft from Ryde takes you to the National Maritime Heritage city of Portsmouth with Nelson's flagship HMS Victory, the Warrior and Henry VIII's flagship the Mary Rose, the Submarine Museum, Gosport and of course the D Day Museum and Marine Aquarium on Southsea promenade. There is something for all the family to enjoy, at this great location for your holiday.
Sandown Bay
Sandown Bay viewed from Shanklin Clifftop
Colwell Bay
Colwell Bay
Compton Beach
Compton Bay looking toward The Needles
Cowes High Street
Cowes - The home of Yachting
Freshwater Bay
Freshwater Bay and Tennyson Downs
Ryde Sands
Ryde Sands
Shanklin Old Village
Shanklin Old Village