The Isle of Wight, also known as Dinosaur Island, is perfect for a day trip, weekend away or for a longer holiday, with something for everyone to enjoy. There are many bustling towns, thatched roof cottages in quaint villages and attractions for you to visit on this stunning geological island. If it is good enough for royalty then it’s good enough for us!
With its enviable location within easy reach of the UK, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place to explore if you’re looking for beautiful scenery, impressive architecture and great family-friendly attractions.
Fast facts: The Isle of Wight is the sunniest place in the UK, with 1,800 to 2000 of sunshine hours a year. It is also said to be the most haunted island in the world.
Osborne House was built between 1845 and 1851 and served as a much loved summer home and rural retreat in East Cowes for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It was one of their favourite places to be; Queen Victoria even died there in 1901.
Come and get a glimpse at time gone by and see how the Victorian royalty used to spend their days here at the house. Stroll through the garden terraces with glorious views over the Solent, which is said to have reminded Prince Albert of the Italian, Bay of Naples.
This attraction is a family run zoo with a very special interest in lemurs and tigers. The zoo itself is located in Sandown, and was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort that was originally built to guard the coastline. There is something for everyone to enjoy, with a range of animals for you to see and lots of activities for you to discover more about the animals.
What could be more exciting than experiencing a daily encounter with meerkats?
Or perhaps the Daily Walking Safari is something you’d like to do? There are also plenty of talks for you to join in with to learn more about the animals. Don’t forget to pick up your free stamp passport from the entrance to collect animal stamps from around the zoo - some are harder to find so remember to keep your eyes peeled.
Visiting The Needles is a must when you visit the Isle of Wight. This world famous landmark is within The Needles Park and offers a range of attractions and amusements for everybody, from the chairlift to the beach, to the Alum Bay Glass and Sweet Manufactory. At the park there are many other things to see and do, including boat trips around The Needles to get up close and personal to them, as well as Jurassic Golf.
The villages on the Isle of Wight, with their quaint cottages and thatched roofs, resemble idyllic times from years gone by. Enjoy ice creams and a gentle stroll through one such beautiful village of Shanklin. With stunning, old cottages and spectacular colourful country style gardens, and a lovely beach to match, it is a little gem on this wonderful island.