Just off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight is popular with visitors for its beaches and seafront promenades such as sandy Shanklin Beach and south-facing Ventnor Beach. Dinosaur remains and fossils can be seen in areas like Compton Bay and Yaverland Beach. On the island’s western point, The Needles are 3 huge, white chalk rocks, guarded by a 19th-century lighthouse.
The Isle of Wight Car Ferry is the most popular way to travel to the island and there are three different ports from which to travel:
Portsmouth to Fishbourne
This service is operated by Wightlink and takes approximately 45 minutes.
southampton to east cowes
This service is run by Red Funnel and operates between Southampton and East Cowes. This crossing takes up to 1 hour and has the capacity to carry over 200 cars per sailing.
Lymington to Yarmouth
The quickest vehicle ferry service runs from Lymington in the New Forest to Yarmouth in West Wight, which is operated by Wightlink. The crossing takes 30 minutes.
The main towns on the island are Cowes, Ventnor, Sandown, Shanklin and Ryde.
Top Visitor Attractions:
Osbourne House – Queen Victoria’s family home.
The Needles – take a chair lift to the top of the cliffs to see this iconic landmark
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
Ventnor Beach – the southernmost beach on the island
The Isle of Wight Music Festival – runs for 4 days, usually in late June. isleofwightfestival.com
There is a separate area on the site for campervans with additional space provided at Island Harbour, 500m from the festival site.
Cycling and Walking are popular activities on the island with 200 miles of cycling routes, including purpose-build tracks.