"It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" said Queen Victoria of Osborne House, her palatial holiday home on the Isle of Wight. Visit Victoria and Albert's private apartments, their bathing beach and children's play-cottage for an intimate glimpse of royal family life. Then stroll through the garden terraces where the stunning views across the Solent reminded Prince Albert of the Bay of Naples.
Osborne reflects Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's passions, tastes and style. Ornate furnishings and artifacts from The Royal Collection fill rooms and corridors where Victoria entertained heads of state, inventors, princess and princesses and ruled the vast British Empire.
The West Wight is the least populated and arguably the most beautiful region of the island. The scenery is stunning as you drive up the coast from Ventnor to Freshwater, stopping at Compton Bay to watch the surfers and admire the towering chalk cliffs and the beautiful
Stop for a coffee or cream tea at The Island Pearl and watch the sunset over the sea.
Further north the little town on Freshwater nestles by Freshwater Bay. The beaches on the West Wight are quieter and less busy than those in the South East of the island, and are perfect for those looking to enjoy the natural splendour of the coast.
Old Shanklin is probably one of the prettiest villages on the island and is a popular attraction for visitors to the Isle of Wight looking for authentic Thatched cottages, cream teas, quaint pubs and gift shops. Although not particularly large, there is plenty to do and see there. The Village Inn is a favourite of ours, you can be sure of a warm welcome and a fabulous meal in an olde worlde pub.
Ventnor has a beautiful sandy beach and is popular with visitors to the IOW for sunbathing and for a seafood lunch or dinner. Check out the SpyGlass pub where you can get a pint of prawns or a delicious seafood curry. The WInter Gardens at the top of the hill regularly features well known acts in the summer. It would be worth giving them a call to see who is appearing during your visit.
The Needles is the most well known iconic landmark on the Isle of Wight attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. It has become a must visit attraction with shops, restaurants and amusements for the kids, along with a cable car ride to the beach. Park in the public car park and hike the 45 minute trail to the Needles and the Fort.
The town of Newport sits at the very heart of the Isle of Wight. It is a bustling town offering a quality high st shopping experience, and has most of the major retailers and supermarket brands. There is also a wide range of restaurants and bars offering a good choice of cuisine.
Amazon World Zoo Park has a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals. At the last count it was somewhere in the region of 200 different species, spanning the entire animal kingdom!
Visit Godshill for a cream tea. Checkout the Old Smithy, and the Chocolate Shop.
The quintessential romantic castle, Carisbrooke has been an Elizabethan artillery fortress, a king's prison and a royal summer residence. Here you can meet the loveable donkeys and see them work, visit a fascinating museum and see the Castle's Edwardian style garden.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a must visit for all lovers of this beautiful creature. Meet and greet the residents!
All you garlic fans will think you have died and gone to heaven on a visit to the Garlic Farm. Every possible thing Garlic is here! Not to be missed for fans of the pungent aromatic bulb.
Set on the cliff tops, with stunning sea-views, and filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you’ll find something for all the family at Blackgang Chine.