Explore the Isle of Wight

Enjoy an island escape to a destination like no other
Osborne House

The Isle of Wight is the largest island off England’s coast, the Solent separating it from the mainland.

This separation, while physical, is also at the root of the island’s uniquely timeless feel and independent way of life – it’s this indefinable feeling that makes the Isle of Wight such a perennially popular destination for those seeking a weekend break that truly feels like an escape.

Here are our rated recommendations to help you plan an unforgettable island getaway.

Things to do on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an island of contrasts: the north facing the mainland; the southwest characterised by its spectacular scenery, and the southeast basking in a subtropical climate.

On the north coast, Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s beloved seaside retreat – gives a fascinating glimpse into the private life of Britain’s famous monarch. Visit the gardens and charming Swiss Cottage before relaxing on the private bathing beach.

Located in the centre of the island, the 88 acres of Robin Hill Country Park is the perfect destination for a family day out. With treetop canopy walkways, daily falconry displays, and more, it’s well worth checking the incredible calendar of events to see what coincides with your visit. For further family fun, travel to the south coast and spend a day letting your imagination run wild at Blackgang Chine – Land of Imagination.

Robin Hill Country Park

Head to West Wight to escape the bustle of the resort towns. This quieter, less populated area offers swathes of open countryside, rugged cliffs and incredible views – the scenery and seclusion here has been a source of inspiration to many literary greats over the centuries, most famously Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Needles – perhaps the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmark – are a stone’s throw away. Follow the High Down and Heath at Alum Bay walking route for memorable views of this recognisable landscape.

Recommended things to do on the Isle of Wight

Blackgang Chine – Land of Imagination, Blackgang

Carisbrooke Castle, Carisbrooke

Osborne House, Osborne

Robin Hill Country Park, Arreton

Tennyson’s Freshwater (walk)

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor

Places to stay on the Isle of Wight

Whether you’re looking for a seaview hotel, stylish self-catering or a family-friendly holiday park, the Isle of Wight has something to offer.

Top-rated recommendations

Appuldurcombe Gardens Holiday Park, Wroxall

Haven Hall, Shanklin

Koala Cottage, Godshill

The Mill House, Brighstone

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor

Smoking Lobster

Where to eat on the Isle of Wight

Stunning seafood, scenic settings and warm hospitality are the main features of the island’s first-rate food scene.

Discover the Isle of Wight’s best pubs and restaurants

Seaview Hotel, Seaview

Smoking Lobster, Ventnor

The Fishbourne, Fishbourne

The Royal Hotel, Ventnor

The Sun Inn at Hulverstone, Hulverstone

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