The Isle of Wight is a beautiful island easily accessible by ferry. Just about anywhere on the island can be reached in about an hour by car, so wherever you stay nowhere is really off limits. Although the Isle of Wight is well known for its water sports, especially sailing, and for having a beautiful coast, there is plenty more to experience here. If you want to swap the promenades and beach huts for something a little different; these top attractions might be just the ticket.
The Needles Landmark
This distinctive landmark is one of the things the Isle of Wight is most famous for. The Needles comprises of three chalk stacks which rise out of the sea at the far westerly point of the island. The surrounding area is equally stunning; perfect for a stroll and a picnic. Take a ride on the chairlift for exceptional views of The Needles and out to sea. The Lighthouse has been protecting this stretch of coast for decades
The Isle of Wight is known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital’ of Great Britain, and as such there are plenty of dinosaur related things to do here. One of the best attractions is Dinosaur Isle. This impressive museum offers landscapes recreated from when the dinosaurs roamed the planet, and plenty of life-sized models to go with it. If this inspires you, the Isle of Wight is great for fossil hunting too.
Isle of Wight Zoo
If you’d prefer live animals to fossilised ones, a trip to the Isle of Wight Zoo is in order. This popular and well-loved zoo has all manner of animals living here, but it specialises in tigers in lemurs. A stroll around this zoo is always a treat but there are also special wildlife experiences on offer such as ‘zookeeper for a day’.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Whether you’re a rail enthusiast or not, a trip on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is not to be missed. This award-winning railway will have you stepping back in time. Enjoy the restored carriages and all the sounds and sights of steam travel. There are also events held here, from Easter Fun to a Real Ale Festival.
This stunning garden is not to be missed. With a wide array of plants Mottistone Manor is a feast for the eye and offers a tranquil place to enjoy a gentle stroll. Located in a sheltered valley there are plenty of surprises here; from an olive grove to a traditional tea garden. Several events are held here too, including an outdoor cinema and various walks.