Out and about
Separated from the mainland by The Solent, The Isle of Wight is one of the best UK holiday destinations with plenty to do and see for everyone, gorgeous scenery and steeped in history.
Part of the rich history is Osborne House - built between 1845 and 1851, this was the grand residence seaside home of Queen Victoria. Discover the Royal family life with stunning interiors and views across the Solent from the private beach. There is also Carisbrooke Castle based in the centre of the Island - Newport. Famous for its donkeys and as a royal prison to Charles I and now the location of the stunning new Edwardian-style Princess Beatrice Garden. other impressive buildings include Quarr Abbey - based in Ryde with Royal connections - a monastery, home to a small group of Benedictine monks who strive to dedicate their lives to the glory of God. The Island is also home to some of UK's best National Trust attractions including Bembridge Windmill - the only surviving windmill on the Island, The Needles Old and New Battery - providing memorabilia from World War II and exhibitions about the secret rocket testing carried out in the 50's and 60's. Of course whilst you are visiting these landmarks then you can't miss The Needles Park itself - the world famous three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea, with the coloured sands and chairlift to view it all.
If all of the above is not enough to tempt you then you have plenty more to see which are all unique to the Isle of Wight. Arreton Barns is the Island's largest arts and crafts centre. Godshill Model Village showing recreations of local buildings along with a collection of conifers and shrubs. Ventnor Botanic Garden located in the unique microclimate of Ventnor undercliff with an impressive collection of over 6,000 species or rare tropical plants and trees from around the world. The Garlic Farm home of UK garlic, delicious products from garlic chutneys to garlic beer and ice cream in our taste experience before you buy. Isle of Wight Steam Railway award winning railway with restored carriages discovering idyllic views of the Island's countryside. Sandown Pier built in the 1880's, popular family attraction including mini golf, dodgems, amusements and cafe's.
After a busy day exploring the multiple attractions the Isle of Wight has to offer you will find Shanklin and beyond has some wonderful places to eat and drink each evening.