Another of the Isle of Wight’s fine Victorian resorts, Sandown, on the east coast of the island, makes a great location for an Isle of Wight cottage holiday. For a classic British seaside break, this lovely town has all the essential attributes. There’s a wide stretch of sandy beach, ideal for bathing and sandcastle building. The pier houses a host of traditional seaside amusements while the promenade and sea wall walk are perfect for beachfront strolls. Behind the Esplanade, the town is well laid out with parks, gardens and all the shops, restaurants and pubs needed for a holiday cottage stay.
A cliff top walk with fine panoramic views wends its way to the neighbouring town of Shanklin, with an alternative choice of beach, ideal for strolling off a long lunch. Golfers will enjoy the nearby 18-hole course, while for something a little more light-hearted, there’s crazy golf, pitch and putt and bowling at Sandham Gardens, set back behind the beach. Sandown has a leisure centre for when the weather is not so good, and a number of attractions both in town and close by. Dinosaur Isle, in the centre of town, is a great day out for all the family, reflecting the island’s importance as Europe’s premier location for dinosaur remains. Shaped like a giant pterodactyl, this creatively designed, modern museum is a hive of interactive fun and fantastic facts from a time when dinosaurs once roamed the island, and is guaranteed to keep little ones wide-eyed and entertained. From ancient animals to their more contemporary cousins, the Isle of Wight Zoo is also located in Sandown, with a full range of exotic animals and a particular fondness for tigers. Visit Lemurland, the Kanha Enclosure, or take a look at Nature’s Nightmares.
The nearby town of Brading has a couple of interesting visitor attractions; not least of which is a £3 million heritage centre dedicated to the preservation of an ancient Roman settlement. The Brading Roman Villa consists of an excavation of twelve rooms of an ancient Roman dwelling, now protected and showcased together with ancient artefacts, such as pottery, mosaics and jewellery, which were unearthed at this historic site. Call in at the Lilliput Doll and Antique Centre, for one of the country’s largest collections of antique dolls, or take the family to the Brading Experience, a truly eclectic collection of attractions amassed by an enthusiastic local and now turned into one of the island’s largest attractions. Visit the Wax Works, Animal Experience, and vintage vehicle exhibition in the World of Wheels, as well as a restaurant and a Factory Outlet shop for big name labels at a snip of the price.
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