Cowes Maritime Museum
This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing. The museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.
What makes it special
- Explore Cowes maritime heritage
Other things to do nearby
There's lots to enjoy at Beaulieu including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, World of Top Gear and the James Bond Exhibition.
Blackgang Chine is an eccentric mix of exciting rides, goblins and fairies, dinosaurs and nursery rhyme characters designed to appeal to the child in all of us.
There are various indoor and outdoor climbing walls in close proximity to the Youth Hostel. For something a little different, why not try tree climbing?
Cycle around the whole island in a day on the Round the Island cycle route. The route is clearly marked and will give you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery that the island has to offer.
The Tennyson Downs walk is an amazing walk with great views across the entire island. Watch out for the rare butterfly resident to the Isle of Wight “the Glanville Fritillary”.
The Tennyson and St Boniface Downs offer some great mountain bike trails.
Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail around the whole island!
The hostel is surrounded by National Trust land and footpaths galore. Footpaths go north to Yarmouth, south to Lord Alfred Tennyson's Monument on the Tennyson Trail, east to Freshwater Bay and west
The Isle of Wight is heaven for cycling, both on and off road.
Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.
See the New Forest National Park like never before! Enjoy grandstand views on an exhilarating, open-top ride through pretty villages and magical landscapes, passing wandering ponies.
It’s usual to think of trees when you think of a forest, but the heath land is an equally important landscape in the New Forest National Park.
There are over a hundred miles of way-marked cycle routes in the New Forest which offer safe cycling for all the family (maps are available at the hostel).
According to the official Bournemouth website, no area in Europe has such a wide range of watersports in such a condensed area as Bournemouth and Poole!
This iconic British landmark – The Needles Rocks & Lighthouse are next to Alum Bay with its coloured sands in the cliffs. More details from The Needles website.
You can't go to the Isle of Wight and not see the iconic Needles - a series of chalk stacks which protrude into the sea. At the top of the cliff, on the headland, is the Old Battery and New Batt