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Isle of Wight things to do – TOP 11 attractions & places to visit on the I.o.W.

Isle of Wight things to do – TOP attractions on the Isle of Wight

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Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in our guide to Isle of Wight days out. With so many places to visit on the island, everybody will find a perfect attraction for a day out. Do you love long country walks, amazing beaches, natural history or perhaps a festival atmosphere? This island has it all.

Known as Britain’s holiday island, the Isle of Wight allows you to cross the sea, without venturing very far at all.

There’s so much to do, or places to simply relax and not do anything at all, that makes the Isle of Wight a must-visit location. You should definitely have it on your UK bucket list as this is one of the best places to see in England!

What’s more, whatever time of year you go, there’ll be something you can enjoy. So, what to do on the Isle of Wight?

Isle of Wight things to do – TOP attractions on the Isle of Wight

How to get to the Isle of Wight?

Isle of Wight from London

If you’re travelling from London, the Isle of Wight is just a short flight away, with routes running from both Heathrow and Gatwick.

However, there are plenty of other ways to travel from London to the Isle of Wight. Many services offer a package that includes both the train journey and ferry from major rail stations across the UK. From London, it can take just over two hours to leave London and arrive at West Cowes.

There are also coach services that link to passenger ferry services too.

Isle of Wight hovercraft

Start your holiday before you arrive be enjoying the unique experience of a hovercraft journey.

The Isle of Wight commercial hovercraft is sadly the last one of its kind. However, visitors can still enjoy the hovercraft service that operates from Southsea in Portsmouth to Ryde. The journey takes just ten minutes to cross the sea which is why you’ll find commuters, day-trippers and tourists using the service to ‘fly’ across the sea.

Isle of Wight car ferry

Another way to get to the Isle of Wight is by car ferry, many ports across the south of England operate a ferry service to the island. In fact, there are over 200 ferry crossings a day that take place from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth. This is the way we have taken vile visiting the IoW 🙂

(read our guide to renting a car in Europe)

Links from these ports will take you to East Cowes, Fishbourne or Yarmouth. However, passenger ferries also link to Ryde and Cowes.

Now you’ve sorted how to get there, what are the must-visit attractions to add to your itinerary?

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Isle of Wight accommodation – where to stay?

From Guesthouses in Yarmouth to Cottages with a sea-view – there is endless opportunity to find great accommodation on the Isle of Wight.

The only limit is your budget 🙂 Many hotels and B&Bs on the Isle of Wight are fully booked during weekends so make sure you check the availability and book in advance.


Top 11 Isle of Wight attractions & things to do:

1. The Island Bakers

If you’re looking for tempting treats and the best bread your beach picnic, then head to The Island Bakers. The Island Bakers have a shop in Newport and can be seen at the farmers market in Ryde on Saturdays too.

The Island Bakers are made up of two chefs created a bakery after both working at Royal Kitchen at Buckingham Palace.

Since then, they have gone on to win plenty of awards for their delectable breads and mouth-watering brownies. They also make the best doughnuts we have ever had! This should be the 1st place to visit while on the Isle of Wight 😉

2. Appley Tower

Appley Tower was once part of the Appley Towers Estate, built in 1875. For many years, the tower remained inaccessible to the public. Now the tower is opened seasonally to give visitors fantastic views across Ryde beach. This is a huge attraction on Isle of Wight and one of the main point of interest.

Isle of Wight things to do and attractions - Appley Tower
Appley Tower – Isle of Wight

3. Ryde beach

If you’re looking for endless swathes of fine, golden sandy beach, then there’s no better place than Ryde beach on the north-east of the island. The beach also features a 681-metre-long pier and the harbour with the hovercraft terminal too.

One of the best beaches in Europe – just stunning. A very relaxing place to visit 🙂

Isle of Wight things to do and attractions - Ryde beach
Ryde Beach – Isle of Wight

4. Steam railway

Take yourself back in time to the Victorian era by seeing the beautiful Isle of Wight pass you by on the steam railway. A great thing to do on the island – not every day you can do this kind of attraction 🙂

The carriages are all in keeping with the bygone era, and your ticket can enable you to stop at any of the stations to explore. Alternatively, sit back and admire the countryside with a soundtrack of the relaxing rhythm of the train. Kids will love this experience and you can feel like one too 😉

5. The Garlic Farm

For lovers of all things garlic, the Garlic Farm is for you – top place to visit on the Isle of Wight! A perfect location to spend a day out.

In Sandown, the farm will explain the process of growing garlic and then how best to use it. Sample culinary delights such as garlic chutneys and even garlic ice cream and beer! The Garlic Farm also offers tours from the back of a tractor-trailer.

It’s a bit smelly experience but is totally worth it 🙂

6. Sandown

The town of Sandown has something for everyone. There’s a glorious sandy beach, dinosaur museum and even a zoo in an old fort. There’s plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy as well as lots of watersports for the thrill seekers to try.

7. Osborne House

Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s family home which she describes as; ‘it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot’. See the beauty and Victorian opulence for yourself and admire the colourful and meticulously styled gardens.

8. Military Road

Military Road, stretching from Freshwater to Blackgang has been named as one of the best roads for driving holidays. One of the best roads in Europe – a must have on your bucket list 🙂 This is a place you just have to visit (or drive on) while in the Isle of Wight!

The long, winding road can feel like a rollercoaster at times, but also provides beautiful scenery with roadside wildflowers along the route.

9. Donkey sanctuary

The donkey sanctuary is free to enter, although charity donations are gratefully received. Visitors and their dogs are welcome to roam the sanctuary to visit the donkeys and watch them play and graze. There are a café and a gift shop too.

10. The Needles

Perhaps the most iconic sight of the Isle of Wight is The Needles. Without a doubt one of the top attractions on the island!

The best way to enjoy these spectacular rocks is to take the chairlift ride to the very top or take a boat trip around the coast. Nearby, visitors can make sand souvenirs or enjoy the exciting 4D cinema experience.

11. Alum Bay Pebble Beach

With The Needles in sight, Alum Bay can provide some breath-taking beach photographs thanks to the 21 different shades of sand.

The water is clear, making it ideal for a paddle while many visitors simply sit back and watch the boats pass by.

One of the best things to do in IoW!

Isle of Wight things to do and attractions - Alum Bay Pebble Beach
Alum Bay Pebble Beach – Isle of Wight

So, would you visit Isle of Wight? 🙂

Let us know what’s your best place to visit in Isle of Wight and which other attractions we should add to our list!

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Isle of Wight things to do – Best attractions on the Isle of Wight

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