Isle of Wight is a very popular destination among holiday- makers, we have taken responsibility to familiarize you with the beautiful and welcoming towns as well as villages of the Isle of Wight. We will describe to you town by town and hopefully you find something that suits your ideal. Thus you can decide what places you would like to visit. So, let us begin.
- Shanklin is a fairly mature town built around the older Shanklin village with its thatched cottages, adjacent tourist shops, and public houses, tea rooms and gardens has to rank as one the Isle of Wight’s main attractions and places to see. From here you can wander down through the Shanklin Chine, a narrow leafy ravine, cut by the brook which descends from the old village to the beach below. A second world war left over can be seen, lining part of the chine, being PLUTO Pipe Line Under The Ocean. This was the method used to send water and petrol across to France just after the D day landings, to supply the troops.
- Godshill has the largest ancient church on the island. It is situated on a hill overlooking the village and its tower is a conspicuous landmark. Many a picture adorns tourism scrapbooks of this lovely setting. The interior of the church is unusually spacious, due to the double-nave plan. Its many beautiful features including a unique 15th century painting of Christ of the Lily Cross. Cream teas are also not to be missed in Godshill along with a lovely walk through the miniature model village, a very nice way to spend an afternoon..
- Carisbrooke Castle lies on ridge above Newport and was founded by William Fitz Osbern. Charles 1st was imprisoned here from November 1647 to September 1648. Several attempts to escape were frustrated and his trial and execution quickly followed his removal to London. Within the castle you can find the castle museum housed within the Princess Beatrice’s old quarters. Down and to the left of the entrance to the museum is the old donkey water well.
- Seaview is a very old settlement, the French having tried unsuccessfully to invade in 1545. The town grew as a watering place and summer residence in the Victorian times due to its proximity to Ryde, with its own chain pier from 1881 until its destruction in a storm in 1950. It still holds wonderful regatta’s every year and around its coastline the odd fossil can be often found. The town retains itself has a great deal of up market charm with the lovely Seaview Hotel and many shops around.
- The Needles Lighthouse and Rocks are well known to all who sail the English Channel, particularly to and from the Port of Southampton. Many a shipwreck has occurred next to these fine pedestals of rock. The chalk cliffs and broken line of rocks forming the Needles are situated at the western tip of the island, on the top is the New and Old Needles Batteries, these were first built in the 1870’s and formed part of the Palmerston Forts chain to keep out Napoleon.
- Osborne House is a wonderful estate set in East Cowes. It was bought by Queen Victoria in 1845. The extensions and superb gardens were added by her husband Albert and is Italian in inspiration. The Queen and her family used it regularly as a holiday retreat until her death here in 1901. The backdrop to many a royal sage Osborne House is well worth a visit by everyone to review how the Queen and Prince Albert with their large family used to live.
- The name of Totland Bay is said to derive from an old word toot meaning a look-out. It is a quiet resort with a pier, a small seafront and a Turf Walk on the cliff top. There is a small private pier jutting out into the water and along the shore a very nice fish restaurant. From it you can watch the constant passage of shipping through the strait between the island and Hurst Castle less than two miles away.
- Yarmouth has one of the largest deep-waters harbours on the island and is the home of the Royal Solent Yacht Club and the Yarmouth Sailing Club. With Wighlink services to Lymington hourly It is one of the busy tourist entry ports for the Island making it busy with large and small boats, coming and going all year round. Tourists must make an effort to Yarmouth Castle on the quay built by Henry VIII and latterly looked after by National Heritage. Next to the castle you can find the really nice Hotel and Restaurant called The George, a must for all sorts of culinary delights.
- At the mouth of the River Medina lie the twin towns of Cowes and East Cowes. At one time a fort on either side adorned the entrance to the river, however the East Cowes forts has long gone and the West Cowes one is now the home of The Royal Yacht Squadron. The natural harbour here has given shelter to ships for centuries, giving rise to a multitude of both large and small boat builders even providing ships of the line in days of sail. In more recent time the towns have witnessed the birth of the Hovercraft and developed a reputation as the home of world class sailing.
- Calbourne is a delightfully peaceful little village between Newport and Freshwater , visitors must pop in an see the famous Calbourne mill in operation well worth s stop before moving on to the beautifully picturesque Winkle Street with its brook and thatched cottages is a pleasant reminder of past village life and atmosphere.
Well, now you have an idea about some of the places you can visit and see. You are free to choose that you would love to see and do, thus creating an ocean of positive memories and emotions of your Isle of Wight visit.