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Things to do on the Isle of Wight

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Looking for things to do in Isle of Wight? Look no further! Our guide covers the top Isle of Wight attractions and activities, sure to impress a family of all ages at any time of the year!

Isle of Wight Attractions

Boasting captivating high downs and breath-taking cliffs, as well as a collection of sandy beaches, you will find lots of things to do in Isle of Wight!

Those visiting with children will be spoilt for choice by the attractions that await them. Dinosaur Isle in Sandown is sure to be a hit, whilst the Blackhgang Chine offers a further night into the isle’s interesting past.

The island is well-known for its historical monuments, including Queen Victoria’s palatial holiday home, Osborne House, close to Cowes. There is also the magnificent Carisbrooke Castle, near Newport to enjoy, which 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.

Other things to do in Isle of Wight include; discovering The Needles in Alum Bay, soaking up the scenery on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway from Ryde and experiencing the last remaining hovercraft ferry in the world!

Isle of Wight Activities

If you are seeking something more adventurous, Isle of Wight has a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy!

Along the coastline, you will find opportunities for paragliding and sailing, whilst more inland there are opportunities for tree climbing and golfing! Alternately, you can explore the glorious landscapes on two wheels and follow the Chalk Ridge Extreme or the Red Squirrel trail for something more leisurely!

Other Isle of Wight activities includes; paddleboarding from one of the many beaches, catching glimpses of one of Europe’s major migration flyways or visiting Goodleaf Tree Climbing for an experience like no other!

Continue reading to discover the best things to do in Isle of Wight… 

Photos by Martin Robson; Martyn Wright

  • Amazon World Zoo Park, Feature

    Amazon World Zoo Park

    Watery Ln
    PO36 0LX

    01983 867122

    A family-friendly attraction that is home to all kinds of exotic animals such as giant anteaters, ocelots and tamarins.

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  • Blackgang Chine, Feature

    Blackgang Chine

    Isle of Wight
    United Kingdom
    PO38 2HN

    01983 730330

    Discover a fun-filled world of entertaining rides, slides and magical memories at the UK’s oldest amusement park.

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  • Brading Roman Villa
    Image Credits: Andrew Skudder - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Brading Roman Villa

    Morton Old Rd
    PO36 0PH

    01983 406223

    After a historic outing in Sandown? Check out Brading Roman Villa, a fantastic museum offering an insight into Roman life in Britain.

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  • Carisbrooke Castle
    Image Credits: DeFacto - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Carisbrooke Castle

    Castle Hill
    Isle of Wight
    PO30 1XY

    0370 333 1181

    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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  • Combley Great Wood

    Combley Rd
    PO33 4DT

    Walking around Combley Great Wood is a perfect way to spend a few hours with the family while appreciating the beautiful Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The route is roughly 2-miles-long and circles through the stunning woodland, located not too far from the island’s largest town, Ryde.

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  • Dinosaur Isle
    Image Credits: Geni - CC BY-SA 4.0

    Dinosaur Isle

    Culver Parade
    Isle of Wight
    PO36 8QA

    01983 404344

    Looking for an attraction that will fascinate all the family? Come to Dinosaur Isle. This museum is the first purpose-built dinosaur museum in the UK and can be found in Sandown.

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  • Freshwater Bay

    Freshwater Bay


    Dog Friendly

    Parking Available

    The sands and pebbles of Freshwater are nestled between two striking chalk cliffs, which further along form the Needles Headland.

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  • Godshill Model Village, Isle of Wight
    Image Credits: Malc McDonald - CC BY-SA 2.0

    Godshill Model Village

    High St
    PO38 3HH

    01983 840270

    This captivating miniature world is located inside a stunning landscaped garden and features interesting sculptured replicas of Godshill village.

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  • Hovertravel, Feature


    Hovertravel Limited
    Quay Road
    Isle of Wight
    PO33 2HB

    01983 717717

    Enjoy a speedy trip between Ryde on the Isle of Wight and Southsea by boarding the fantastic hovercraft of Hovertravel.

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  • Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Feature

    Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

    Lower Winstone Farm
    Isle of Wight
    PO38 3AA

    01983 852693

    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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