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UK Holiday Guide - Guide to the Isle of Wight

Holiday Guide to Accommodation and Attractions in the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is an English island and county in the English Channel three miles from the south coast of England. It is situated south of the county of Hampshire and is separated from mainland England by the Solent. Popular since Victorian times as a holiday resort, the Isle of Wight is known for its natural beauty and for its world-famous sailing based in Cowes.

Newport is the county town of the Isle of Wight and is located in the centre of the Island and is the main shopping area on the Island. Recent developments include a new bus station with retail complex and a new retail park on the outskirts. Located next to the River Medina, Newport was once a busy port until the mid-19th century, but has now been mainly converted into art galleries, apartments and other meeting places. Ryde, The Island's biggest town with a population of around 30,000, is located in the north east of the Island. It is a Victorian town with a half-mile long pier and four miles of beaches, attracting many tourists each year.

Cowes is the location of Cowes week every year and where many people across the UK go to go sailing. It is also the home of famous sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Sandown is another seaside resort, attracting many tourists each year. It is also home to the Isle of Wight Zoo and Dinosaur Isle geological museum, and an 18 hole golf course.

Shanklin just south of Sandown, also attracts tourists by its sandy beaches. Its main attractions are Shanklin Chine and the old village.

Ventnor is on the south coast of the Island and is built on steep slopes leading down to the sea which attract many tourists. Recent developments include Ventnor Haven, a harbour on the coast of Ventnor

Some of the main attractions of the county include

Appuldurcombe House
Blackgang Chine
Brading Roman Villa
Carisbrooke Castle
Dimbola Lodge
Dinosaur Isle
Fort Victoria
Godshill Village and Model Village
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Isle of Wight Zoo

The Needles
Osborne House
Quarr Abbey
Robin Hill
Botanic Gardens at Ventnor
Yarmouth Castle

Other useful links in Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Council
Visit Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Ferries

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