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.
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.
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.