The Sykes Cottages Guide To Cowes On The Isle Of Wight

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As anyone who has ever stayed in one of our holiday cottages there will know, Cowes, at the northern tip of the Isle of Wight, is probably the most well known of the island’s towns, largely thanks to its important annual yachting festival – the prestigious “Cowes Week.” Taking place in late July/early August each year, this internationally important regatta draws crowds from around the world, and whether you’re a fully paid up member of the sailing fraternity or a confirmed landlubber, there is much to be enjoyed by everyone at this annual event. Yachting is key to the town, and there’s always a jaw-dropping collection of crafts to marvel at in the harbour.In town, trendy shops, boutiques, cafes and delicatessens, together with some excellent seafood restaurants, cater for the constant swell of offshore visitors. For those not arriving on their own yacht, then a regular high-speed ferry service links Cowes with Southampton on the mainland.

Aside from people watching, shopping and relaxing in town and around the harbour, there are a number of places to visit around Cowes. At East Cowes, linked to Cowes by way of an old-fashioned chain ferry, crowds flock to stunning Osborne House. Built in the mid nineteenth century, this beautiful mansion became the summer residence of Queen Victoria, who favoured holidaying on the island. It is now one of the Isle of Wight’s biggest attractions, and makes a great day out for all the family. In Cowes, visit the Maritime Museum, and nearby Isle of Wight Military Museum. Northwood Park is the place for a game or tennis or putting, overlooking the waters of the Solent, whilst the Isle of Wight Model Railway has something for children and railway enthusiasts alike. Nearby, the attractions of sister town, East Cowes, can be easily if unusually reached, by means of one of the few remaining chain ferry floating bridges in the country, which link the two towns across the river Medina.

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