Welcome to the Isle of Wight
Explore the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Wight.
Situated off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight lies just off the coast of Hampshire and is the largest island in in the English Channel. It's been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times thanks to its sandy beaches and seafront promenades.
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Things to do on the Isle of Wight
Five free things to do on the Isle of Wight
This working monastery, set in scenic surroundings between Binstead and Fishbourne, invites visitors to observe the monks' tranquil way of life and view the art on display in its gallery.
Quay Arts is the Isle of Wight's leading art gallery and regularly serves as a venue for live arts events. There's also a theatre and café/bar on site.
There are 11 award-winning beaches on the island, so you're never far away from golden sands and clean water if you fancy a dip. Compton Bay is a popular spot with surfers, while Sandown Beach is great for families.
Shanklin Old Village
Part of the town of Shanklin, the Old Village has some of the oldest dwellings on the island. Seeing the thatched roofs and quaint tearooms is like stepping back in time.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a great place for kids to get close to animals - they can even stroke the donkeys! While entry is free, donations are appreciated to help the sanctuary continue its important work.
Indulge in the beautiful scenery of the Isle of Wight
The largest island in England, the Isle of Wight has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. With a rugged coastline and beautiful scenery - in fact, more than half the island is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and charming towns and villages to discover, there is always plenty to see and do.
The Isle of Wight Festival is one of the most famous reasons to visit the island, but there are many more permanent tourist attractions - the zoo, the steam railway, the Dinosaur Isle museum and Carisbrooke Castle are just a few.
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?
This museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.
There are plenty of good cycle routes marked on the island. Cycle around the island in a day or two or even three or four.
The Tennyson and St Boniface Downs offer some great mountain bike trails.
The Isle of Wight is heaven for cycling, both on and off road.
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 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
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!
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.