Visit the royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived. Admire the State Rooms and look into the Family Rooms. The grounds are a joy to explore with stunning views of the Solent and Queen Victoria's Beach. Dine on the Terrace Restaurant, or have afternoon tea in the Orangery.
What makes it special
- See where Queen Victoria holidayed
- Fantastic views
To March 2019:
Monday & Tuesday: closed (except school holidays)
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00
Every day 10:00 to 18:00 (except Bank Holidays closes at 16:00)
English Heritage Member: Free
Adult: £18.50 (with Gift Aid £20.40)
Child (5-17 years): £11.10 (with Gift Aid £12.30)
Concession: £16.70 (with Gift Aid £18.40)
Family (2 adults, up to 3 children): £48.10 (with Gift Aid £53.10)
Before 1st April and after 4th November it's cheaper.
Other things to do nearby
This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.
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.