Accommodation and travel ideas in Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is an island and a county, located just off the coast of mainland Britain in the English Channel. It is made up a collection of towns including Newport, Ryde, Cowes, Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.
The island has a rich history, including a brief status as an independent kingdom in the 15th century. It was home to the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Queen Victoria built her much loved summer residence and final home Osborne House at East Cowes. It is known as a prime music destination, and is home to the Isle of Wight International Jazz Festival, Bestival and the recently-revived Isle of Wight Festival. The island has some exceptional wildlife and is also one of the richest fossil locations for dinosaurs in Europe.
What to do
This is the perfect place for family holidays - a mild climate, coupled with miles of beautiful sandy beaches, makes it an ideal "staycation" destination. We particularly recommend Alum Bay beach, on the westernmost tip of the island. Kids will also love hunting for fossils among the sand.
For history lovers, make sure you visit the many castles, manor houses, churches and fortifications on the island. The towns and villages are also fascinating because their historic buildings have been relatively untouched by the fashions and changes of mainland Britain. Hilltop monuments, such as the Yarborough Monument on Culver Down and the monument to Tennyson on Tennyson Down, await discovery by the walker.
Where to stay
Speedybooker has lots of hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts dotted around the island, both inland and on the coast. These suit a range of budgets, and vary from historic coaching inns to luxury modern hotels. There is a cluster of accommodation available in the popular seaside resort of Shanklin, perfect for families.