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Isle of Wight, Visitor & Tourism Guide

Little England
In the novel 'England, England' by Julian Barnes, an entrepreneur creates a miniature England on the Isle of Wight and that, perhaps, is the best way to view the island.

Off the south coast of England in South East England. To the north is the mainland and Hampshire.*

Natural Beauty
The Isle of Wight has an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty. As is the case with the Cornwall AONB, the Isle of Wight AONB covers a number of geographical areas on the island and takes up about half its landmass. The main area of the AONB runs across its south coastline from around Ventnor west to the famous Needles.

Places in which to base yourself
The administrative HQ is Newport which is pretty much in the middle of the island. Try also Yarmouth to the west, Cowes to the north and Ryde, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor to the east and south.

Beaches and coast
The Isle of Wight's most famous attraction is The Needles by Alum Bay to the west of the island. Here you'll find 'The Needles Park' with its chairlift down to a pebble beach beneath multicoloured cliffs. It's possible to take a boat out into the bay better to see The Needles. As is the case with Land's End, concentrate on the natural beauty here.

Other beaches include Totland Bay and Cowes Beach, Ryde Beach and Sandown Beach. To the south of the island is the extremely popular Ventnor Beach.

Cowes Week, 'one of the UK's longest running and most successful sporting events' takes place on the island every summer (link provided).

History and culture
Try Osborne House and Yarmouth Castle, Carisbrooke Castle and Godshill Model Village.

Nature and wildlife
For wildlife, visit the Isle of Wight Zoo. To experience the outdoors, try Ventnor Botanic Garden or walk the coastline on the Isle of Wight Coastal Path. The Path is about 113km (70miles) long.

Getting there
Ferries and boats travel between the mainland and the Isle of Wight on a regular basis. The main routes include Lymington to Yarmouth, Portsmouth to Ryde/Fishbourne and Southampton to East/West Cowes.

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Local Attractions  [See more Attractions]

Carisbrooke Castle

Located in Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, South East England, England

Approximately 1.1 miles away.

Site of ancient fortifications including Roman and Saxon. Located on the Isle of Wight. Home to the Isle of Wight Museum. Charles I tried to escape from the castle in 1648 during the English Civil War...

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Bluereef Aquarium

Located in Portsmouth, Hampshire, South East England, England

Approximately 10.5 miles away.

Reef Sharks, Moray Eels, Octopus, Stingrays. Seahorses, Lobsters, Crabs, Nautilus. Great for kids and adults alike. Aquarium overlooks the Solent...

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Millennium Spinnaker Tower

Located in Portsmouth, Hampshire, South East England, England

Approximately 10.5 miles away.

A 170 metres (557 feet) tower in Portsmouth Harbour. A mast and sail billowing in the wind. Observational tower at top of sail. Stunning views of Portsmouth and the south coast. Opened 2005...

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Newport Quay Hotel, Newport
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 12; Rates: 60 - 110 Per Night

Set in a quiet street in the heart of Newport, this Grade II listed, 17th century building is a warm and friendly hotel within walking distance of bars and restaurants...

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Less than a mile away.

Rates: 19 - 55 Per Night

At Travelodge, we provide the essentials for a comfortable night's sleep whether you're on the road for business, enjoying a city break with friends or family or you just need a bed for the night....

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Freewaters Cottage
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Approximately 2.4 miles away.

Rates: 274 - 547 Per Week

Enjoying glorious views in an area of outstanding natural beauty this delightful single storey converted dairy nestles at the head of a secluded valley in the picturesque hamlet of Gatcombe. Set adjoining unused stables...

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