Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, England’s largest island, is just a short sea crossing over the Solent from the southern mainland coast of the UK. It has been enjoyed as a holiday and short break destination since the 18th century, becoming one of Europe’s most fashionable resort areas after Queen Victoria along with husband Prince Albert chose the Isle of Wight as their family’s home in the 1800s at Osborne House.

The Island, as it is known, is approximately 23 miles long from the most easterly point near Bembridge to the famous Needles landmark which sits on its western tip. The internationally renowned sailing town of Cowes sits at the northern point of the island and the most southerly point -13 miles away – is marked by St Catherine’s lighthouse. The total area of the Island is approximately 147 square miles and almost half has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The diamond shaped Island has 57 glorious miles of coastline available to explore while you are here. You’re never more than 30 minutes from the sea wherever you are. Each coast is very different and ranges from from river estuaries to soaring cliffs, with secluded coves perfect for rock-pooling and of course the beautiful beaches.

The Isle of Wight is beautiful at anytime of the year but May, June and July are the typical months for great family breaks and weekend getaways. Once you have visited you will fall in love with England’s Garden Isle. A visit ‘out of season’ is equally rewarding and you will fall in love with the Island all over again.

What to do?

There are plenty of; attractions, villages, restaurants, cafes, pubs – you name it we have it – to visit while you are here. If you’re stuck for things to do, then take a look at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk or www.isleofwight.co.uk for ideas on a range of local attractions and events.

Travelling to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier.

Despite being an island, travelling here could not be easier. You can reach the Island from Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington in the New Forest. There are regular services every day which range from the HoverTravel hovercraft service, to large vehicle ferries operated by Wightlink and Red Funnel.

Just an hours drive from the M25 or a simple train ride and you can be a world away… It really is like going abroad but without the hassle.

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