Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight is a magical destination for short breaks and longer holidays at any time of the year.  Lying just off the south coast of England, the towns and cities of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth all offer direct ferry routes to the island allowing easy access for day trips and holidays.


The second largest island in England, the Isle of Wight became a fashionable resort in the Victorian era when Queen Victoria built and stayed in her beloved Osbourne House in East Cowes.  The Queen ended her days on the Island, and passed away in the House in 1901.


The stunning landscape of the island, which surrounded by sea, provides an amazing environment for all types of action.  There are so many things to do on the Island that you will have to keep coming back to see it all.  From museums and galleries to paddleboarding and rib rides to theme parks and animal farms, there is something to suit every one, of every taste and of every age.

The Isle of Wight is fast becoming a food capital of the south coast and there are now many fine restaurants, gastro pubs, family friendly eateries, beach cafes, traditional and trendy bars and pubs.  Our list of favourite places to eat out on the Isle of Wight is ever growing, for more ideas search the Visit Isle of Wight website.


See our list of what to do on the IOW, and search the Visit Isle of Wight website for more inspiration to keep yourself and your family entertained on the Isle of Wight.


For ideas about what to do and what to eat and drink in Cowes, see our separate Cowes section.

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