With autumn and winter fast approaching, the Isle of Wight is a must travel destination before the year ends! Here are some of my favourite places to visit:
As far as beaches go, you can pretty much travel anywhere on the island and find stunning views; Sandown and Shanklin particularly good for family-friendly beaches. There is something for everyone; crazy golf, arcades and rides, it’s easy to spend the whole day there.
Compton and Yaverland are ideal if you are looking for the perfect surfing waves or magnificent costal cliff paths but keep an eye out underfoot as it isn’t uncommon to stumble across fossils and prehistoric bones too.
The island is home to the UK’s oldest amusement park ‘Blackgang Chine’. With daring rides swooping over cliff ledges and multiple make belief lands including Cowboy town, Under the sea and a fairy castle. The park is truly home to the land of imagination.
If a more relaxing day out is more your thing, Robin Hill is an idyllic location for woodland trails and admiring the gorgeous natural countryside. There are also falconry displays and fly overs with stunning birds of prey, who you can meet whilst walking around the park. It is also good to note you can get passes for both Blackgang Chine and Robin hill to help save a little money.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is Queen Victoria’s family home – Osborne House. Complete with magnificent gardens, Victorian interiors and walk round tours showing the Queens bedroom, nurseries, and royal bathrooms. Visiting here is a day out like no other.
For a step back into the islands heritage, you don’t want to miss out on the steam railway. Period carriages and rural stations all add to the incredible experience and make you feel immersed in history.
If the Roman era appeals more to you, Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest sites in the UK. From beautifully preserved mosaic floors to an extensive collection of archaeology, this ancient villa is rich with stories from the past, and even incorporates myths and legends of the time.
As previously mentioned, the island is well known for fossils and geology. Dinosaur isle in Sandown has many exciting exhibits of fossils, skeleton reconstruction and life size displays, educational yet fun at the same time!
If you’re looking for a memorable day out, go no further than by visiting butterfly world. The first butterfly farm in the UK, you can admire hundreds of species of butterflies in their natural environment within the sub-tropical garden. If you time the trip well enough you can witness the hatching of cocoons.
The Isle of Wight has plenty to offer and is well worth the trip. Why not make the most of it and relax on your UK staycation by staying at the Elizabeth House Hotel before or after? Ferries run frequently to and from the island!
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