Heritage & History

The Isle of Wight is steeped in wonderfully rich history and has fascinating attractions to explore for all the family, all year round.

Why not visit Queen Victoria’s seaside home at Osborne House, or Carisbrooke Castle, which dates back to the Norman times and is famous for being the home of King Charles 1 during his confinement.  Take part in an organised fossil hunt and search for dinosaur remains or visit the Dinosaur Isle museum.

Quarr Abbey, Brading Roman Villa, IW Steam Railway, Bembridge Windmill, The Needles Old Battery, Yarmouth Castle and Fort Victoria are amongst some of the other must visit historic attractions during your stay on the Isle of Wight.

Family Attractions

The Isle of Wight has much to do for families of all ages. You will love it so much you will want to come back time after time!

A visit to the Isle of Wight will not be complete without visiting many of our wonderful, sandy beaches – Appley Beach in Ryde or Sandown Beach are a must, along with a trip to Seagrove Bay in Seaview to go crabbing.

Get close to nature with the animals and play in the play barn at Tapnell Farm, keep the kids entertained at Robin Hill Adventure Park, Blackgang Chine and The Needles and visit fantastic animal attractions such as the Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World, The Owl and Monkey Haven and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Events

The Isle of Wight plays host to a huge variety of world-class events all year round, giving something for everyone. 

From the famous Isle of Wight Music Festival to Cowes Week - one of the biggest sailing regattas in the world, which has been held every year since 1826 (except during the two world wars).

From cycling and walking festivals, Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight Literacy Festival, Garlic Festival, Scooter Rally, Cowes Classic Powerboat Race, Island Steam Show and the Festival of Light, to name just a few, with so much going on, you’re sure to find the perfect event.

Click here to see a full and up to date list of events happening on the Island.

 
 

Sports and Activities

Walking and cycling is a great way to explore the Island, with more than 500 miles of footpaths and established walking routes, and 165 miles of bridleways waiting to be discovered.

If you’re after something a little more adventurous, why not try tree climbing, paragliding, SUP, surfing, kayaking, archery or even coasteering to name a few.

One of the best ways to see the beautiful coastline of the Isle of Wight is from off-shore, and there are many sailing and boat charters available throughout the year. The Isle of Wight also has a number of golf courses, many of which are set against picturesque backdrops, making it the perfect place for a golf weekend break or holiday. For keen fishing enthusiasts, both freshwater and sea fishing are available at a whole host of locations around the Island.