52 Weekends Away
Isle of Wight
Escape to the Isle of Wight
Explore Queen Victoria’s holiday home, The Needles, and stunning coastal scenery
THERE’S NOTHING like visiting an island to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With wonderful beaches, miles of rugged coastline and oodles of family fun, there’s something on the Isle of Wight for everyone.
Osborne House was Queen Victoria’s holiday home, and inside you learn about the life of the Victorian royal family and see the luxurious royal apartments.
Fancy a coastal walk? There’s a lovely circular route to St Catherine’s Lighthouse on the most southerly point of the island. Take a guided tour inside and enjoy the views. If your kids love lions and tigers, then the Isle of Wight Zoo is the place to go – it has meerkats and monkeys, racoons and porcupines, too!
The Needles is a popular destination. Take the chair lift from the Alum Bay Cliffs to the beach below, or join a boat trip for a closer look at the rocks. The area is full of shops and touristy delights, with a Dino Safari, fairground rides and a 4D Cinema Experience. Don’t miss the Needles Battery, a defensive fortress on the cliff.
Gardeners will love Ventnor Botanic Garden, with plants from around the world and themed planting schemes. We particularly enjoyed seeing the lizards running about, appearing and disappearing into the dry stone walls.
Shanklin Chine is a fascinating natural attraction. This wooded coastal ravine has waterfalls and lush vegetation growing from the rocks. Four miles away is Godshill Model Village, featuring Shanklin Chine in miniature! The IoW Steam Railway is a great way to explore, while Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle offer historical delights.
Why not check out some of our suggested cultural road trips on our Historic England page.
Make your stay better
Isle of Wight Festival
Seaclose Park, Newport
The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June every year. This huge music event hosts some of the biggest names in showbiz. There is on-site camping, but it doesn’t accept caravans.
September to November 2020
Robin Hill Country Park, near Newport PO30 2NU
T: 01983 527352
The Diwali festival of light is celebrated in style at the Robin Hill Country Park on selected dates in the autumn. See the trees bathed in beautiful coloured lights. The park is four miles east of Newport.
Places of Interest
St Catherine’s Lighthouse
Niton, Ventnor PO38 2NF
Alum Bay New Road, Alum Bay PO39 0JD
T 01983 752401
Ventnor Botanic Garden
Undercliff Drive, Ventnor PO38 1UL
T 01983 855397
Godshill Model Village
High Street, Godshill PO38 3HH
T 01983 840270
3 Chine Hill, Shanklin PO37 6BW
T 01983 866432