Isle of Wight coast from the cliff top

Places to stay in the Isle of Wight

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.

YHA hostels in the Isle of Wight

Things to do on the Isle of Wight

Five free things to do on the Isle of Wight

Quarr Abbey

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

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.

Beaches

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.

theme park

Blackgang Chine Theme Park

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.  

Person climbing on a climbing wall

Climbing in Totland Bay

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?

Maritime museum

Cowes Maritime Museum

This small museum situated in Cowes Library incorporates all aspects of local maritime activity from shipbuilding to sailing.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking in Totland

The Isle of Wight is off road heaven, with tracks over the downs and through Brighstone Wood and Parhurst Forest.

Walking

Walking and rambling in Brighstone

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”.

Watersports

Watersports in Brighstone

Go up to Cowes - the home of UK sailing. From here you can do whatever sailing course you want, you can even sail round the whole island!

Watersports

Watersports in Totland

Totland Bay and Freshwater Bay provide kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering. Colwell Bay is great for kite surfing and at Compton Bay you can go surfing.