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Discover the best attractions and activities that the Isle of Wight has to offer

Being one of the top tourist destinations in the UK, the Isle of Wight has an array of attractions to visit and things to do throughout the year

There are plenty of attractions and activities on the Isle of Wight for all ages to enjoy. These range from heritage sites and outdoor adventure parks, to simply magnificent coastline.

The island is well-known for its historical monuments, including Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, Osborne House, close to Cowes. Carisbrooke Castle, near Newport, was used as a political prison during the Civil War.

Popular attractions on the Isle of Wight for animal lovers include the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary near Ventnor. You also have Newport’s Monkey Haven, a primate rescue centre housing owls, reptiles, meerkats and many species of monkey.

Photos by Martin Robson; Martyn Wright

  • Carisbrooke

    Carisbrooke Castle

    The historic motte-and-bailey castle has been a key location on the Isle of Wight for over 1000 years, the site has been everything from a Saxon fortress, to a Royal summer residence, but is probably most well-known for being where King Charles I was held captive prior to his fatal trial.

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  • Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

    First established in the 1980’s, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a charity providing a home to unwanted donkeys located just outside the charming seaside resort of Ventnor.

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  • Monkey Haven

    Based just outside Newport, this award-winning attraction is a primate rescue centre and sanctuary that also houses birds and reptiles as well as a family of meerkats.

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  • Osbourne House

    Osborne House

    Queen Victoria’s holiday home, Osborne house is a palatial structure with commanding views over the Solent, modelled in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo.

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  • The Needles Battery

    A Victorian defence structure built onto the clifftop above the Needle Stacks geological formations.

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