Leadenhall Market — London’s Best Kept Secret

Leadenhall Market – A Victorian Gem & One of London’s Best kept Secret

Explore another side of London — the city’s best kept secret! Tucked away from the busy streets and the high-rises of the financial district of London, with a rich heritage and incredible architecture dating back 700 years is Leadenhall Market, a Victorian gem easily missed and less visited by occasional visitors to the city. This remarkable building is also Grade II listed, denoting its significant historic interest.

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What to expect in this article on Leadenhall Market

In this article, you shall find top reasons that makes Leadenhall Market a notable place to visit in London, beginning with its rich history to the incredible things to do such as shopping, dining and getting your shoes shined at this Victorian marketplace. Practical tips are included on how to locate this marvellous destination as well as landmarks to visit which are located close by. You could skip ahead to a particular section by using the navigation below, if you prefer.

Leadenhall Market London's best kept secret

1 | The origins and history of Leadenhall Market, London

The stunning Leadenhall Market has a rich history dating back to 1321, at the heart of what we now know to be Roman London. Underneath the arches and cobblestones of Leadenhall Market today are the remains of the Roman Forum and Basilica. As well, Bishopsgate, Cheapside and Leadenhall Street follow the Roman roads that once existed.

History tells us that the Romans loved their markets! It is thought that a market existed at this location since their settlement but not much is known about the market place after they left. Thereafter, the Anglo-Saxons returned and used the same location to set up a marketplace to boost the economy.

1.1 | Medieval history of Leadenhall Market

Eventually, the Leadenhall manor fell into the ownership of Lord Whittington, the Lord Mayor of the City of London. In 1411, he gifted the manor to the City of London.

1.2 | Leadenhall Market through the centuries

In 1440, Simon Eyre, the then Lord Mayor commissioned the skills of John Croxton, a master mason to redesign the manor house. The manor house was converted to two levels, and housed a large public granary along with lots of storage spaces. Trade was brought into the building, away from the streets nearby. The marketplace became the focal of medieval economy. By 1600s, trading involved cheese, milk, butter and eggs alongside poultry, meats, grains, leather and metal ware.

Following the Great Fire of London, Sir Horace Jones was commissioned to redesign the stone building. He designed and built Leadenhall Market in 1881 that continues to exist today. The nearby markets of Billingsgate and Smithfield were designed by Sir Jones also. The architecture embodies space, and light with wrought iron and glass. More recently, in 1991, Leadenhall Market underwent extensive renovations but the eye-catching Victorian architecture of brightly painted wrought iron beams of the main roof was preserved.


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2 | Leadenhall Market today

This large covered area of what was once a marketplace has evolved to be a modern retail hub. Set amidst a Victorian roof, cobbles and preserved buildings and architecture, Leadenhall Market provides a wide range of shopping and a variety of dining options. Located in the centre of the financial district of London also means that it is a busy hub for the men and women in smart suits and the savvy financier.

The many entrances are decorated with stone carvings of dragons, swags and shields of varying sizes. The larger stone pediments reflect the main entrances to the market. Some have the market’s name and date inscribed upon them.

2.1 | Fashionable boutiques and Fine dining at Leadenhall Market, London

Housed within the Victorian architecture are upscale shops such as Barbour, Reiss, Hobbs, Waterstones and many more.

In addition, there is a selection of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs offering unique dining experiences from fine dining, mid-range dining or to take-aways and sandwiches. There is Cheese of Leadenhall for cheese lovers and for wine lovers, the Brokers Wine Bar is an excellent choice.

The Lamb Tavern is highly recommended. It is a traditional pub, a restaurant and lately, popular as a wedding venue. Occupying three-floors of impressive decor, this grand old pub serves traditional British food and ales. The Lamb Tavern has been a public house since the Market buildings were completed in 1881.

Visiting this beautifully clean and vibrant Victorian setting ordinarily on a working day or at Christmas is highly encouraged. Truth be told that it is extraordinarily special at Christmas. It is lit-up bright with Christmas lights and a 20-foot high Christmas tree takes the centre-stage of this Victorian market setting. Shoppers with Christmas shopping bags, the vibrancy of modern dining, the bars and pubs overflowing with beer drinkers in smart attire amidst chatter and laughter. Added to this are the Christmas crafts, music and the aroma of mulled wine. It is hard to imagine the smell of meat and poultry that this Victorian market once was!

Christmas Lights 2021 switching-on ceremony is scheduled for November 19. December 8 signals the beginning of Christmas workshops, music and late-night shopping

2.2 | The Shoe-shiners of Leadenhall Market

When I visited Leadenhall Market a couple of years ago, I was fascinated to discover that it was home to talented actors who run the London City Shoe Shine Co. in between their engagements at West End.

These actors have been shining shoes in this Victorian setting since 1991, come rain or shine! Although, if the leather shoes are wet on a rainy day, you will probably not find the shoe-shiners sitting at their station.

The actors work in pairs and this beautiful advent afternoon was no different to any other. There was a steady flow of customers, mostly regulars, I suspect. As Leadenhall Market is situated in the centre of the banking industry and bankers were traditionally their most regular customers.

I saw a window of opportunity to steal a quick chat with them, with an assurance that they remain anonymous. It was an interesting chat, one of them have an upcoming role in a movie while the other is involved mainly in theatre performances. Soon, two customers arrived, and I stayed to watch briefly.

The shine-box method

I was captivated with the use of the old-fashioned shine-box method – where the customer raises one foot onto the footplate for it to be shined and then the other shoe gets done afterwards. These modest shoe shiners exuded a relaxed sense of style and their buoyant energy in a carefully crafted skill of vigorous hand-movement, first brush, then focusing on the toe for extra shine – a pair of shiny shoes will always set a man apart as a man that knows how to take care of himself – appearance matters! Definitely! Don’t you think so?

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2.3 | Leadenhall Market is a popular filming location

For the ardent Harry Potter fans, you will be delighted to know that there were several scenes which were filmed at Leadenhall Market. One of the most memorable scene is when Hagrid and Harry Potter go shopping for wands. This scene was filmed outside of Leadenhall Market.

You may also recall the area of London which led to the wizarding pub, the magical shopping street of Diagon Alley (in the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone) and the Leaky Couldron (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). The highly recognisable blue door entrance to the Leaky Couldron at 42 Bull’s Head Passage is actually an opticians office at Leadenhall Market.

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Leadenhall Market has also been used as a filming location in other movies for example:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy;

The Imaginarium of Doctor Pernassus;

Hearafter;

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3 | The Story of Old Tom at Leadenhall Market

As we know, Leadenhall Market was once a place for the sale of poultry, and this required for chickens and geese to be slaughtered in the market. However, Old Tom, the little goose had a different tale to tell.

One day, in early 1800s, thousands of geese were brought to the Market to be slaughtered but one little gander from Belgium managed to escape. The story goes that he was not only clever to escape his fate on one occasion but he did so over several occasions on a number of days. Eventually, he was allowed to live happily and was named “Old Tom”. Old Tom became a beloved resident of Leadenhall Market. He was fed by the market workers with scraps of food and lived to the age of 37. Old Tom passed of natural causes in 1835 and was given a proper burial. He is buried inside the Market.

Old Tom was much loved and his Obituary appeared in the Times Newspaper, on April 16, 1835:

In memory of Old Tom the Gander

Obit 19th March, 1835, aetat, 37 years, 9 months and 6 days

This famous gander, while in stubble,

Fed freely, without care or trouble;

Grew fat eating corn and sitting still,

And scarce could cross the barn-door sill;

And seldom waddle forth to cool,

His belly in the neighbouring pool;

Transplanted to another scene,

He stalk’d in state o’er Calais-green,

With full five hundred geese behind;

To his superior care consign’d;

Whom readily he would engage,

To lead in march ten miles a-stage,

Thus a decoy he lived and died,

The chief of geese, the poulterer’s pride.

You could always raise a glass to Old Tom when you visit Leadenhall Market. His burial spot is marked by the Old Tom’s Bar at 10-12 Leadenhall Market.

Old Tom’s Bar serves traditional British dishes and craft beers.


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4 | Best London attractions nearby to Leadenhall Market

While visiting Leadenhall Market, you may also wish to make a day of it by visiting other attractions in the financial district and nearby. The following attractions are located within a few minutes of each other and easily reached by foot. Click on the links to learn more.


5 | Practical tips and Useful information

If you plan to visit this part of London, you will note two entirely differing cultures depending on when you elect to sightsee. During the week, The City is abuzz with white collar workers hurrying along to get on with their business and at weekends, it becomes a quiet haven for visitors to explore.

5.1 | Where is Leadenhall Market located?

This prominent destination is located at the triangle that is made up of Gracechurch Street, Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street.

Address:  Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 1LT

5.2 | Opening hours

Public areas are open 24/7 for 7-days a week.

For shops and restaurants, opening hours varies, please check individual      stores.

5.3 | Transport:

Trains 

London Fenchurch Street Station    (8-minute walk)

London Cannon Street Station         (8-minute walk)

Liverpool Street Station      (13-minute walk)

Moorgate Station     (13-minute walk)

Underground

Monument Station    (4-minute walk)

Bank Station     (6-minute walk)

Aldgate Station   (8-minute walk)

Moorgate Station  (13-minute walk)


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Accommodations

My favourite website for booking hotels is booking.com – I love their flexible cancellation policy which means I’m covered till the last minute. I also like that the totals show up for the whole stay so it helps me budget better. Other favourites of mine are Millennium & Copthorne Group of Hotels and Resorts for their consistent high quality accommodations and service. You could also take a look at the Radisson Hotels chain that caters for all budget. For accommodations in UK that has a personal touch and affordable luxury, stay at Hotel du Vin.

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7 | Finally

Leadenhall Market is a little gem, covered and tucked away in the middle of bustling London financial district. It always seems busy during the week but you can get a quiet place in a pub or a restaurant after the busy lunch hour 😊

Have a great time discovering, and exploring Leadenhall Market, London’s best kept secret!

Georgina xx


FAQ’s on Leadenhall Market

Here are some frequently asked questions about Leadenhall Market which you may have thought about as well:

1 | Is Leadenhall Market worth visiting?

Absolutely! Without a doubt, Leadenhall Market is worth visiting. It’s historic significance, unique architecture, the many food scenes, the vibrant, bright and airy atmosphere along with the cobbled floors all add to the feel of being “elsewhere” in London. A destination that must be experienced.

2 | What is special about Leadenhall Market?

While its rich heritage and stunning architecture dates back 700 years, it is a ‘marketplace’ with all the clinks and clanks, the noise of chatter and the buzz. Added to this unusual atmosphere in the City of London are modern high-end shops, bars and eateries. Absolutely a special place to visit.

3 | Who designed Leadenhall Market?

The architect behind the design of Leadenhall Market that we see today was Horace Jones.

4 | What borough is Leadenhall Market?

Leadenhall Market is located in the prominent City of London financial district. It is one of the oldest markets in London since early 1400s.


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5 BEST Christmas Markets in London 2021

BEST 5 Christmas Markets in London 2021

The best Christmas Markets in London are a total treat and it has so much to offer. Not just mulled wine, mince pies, German sausages and fairground rides but also unique gift stalls of beautifully handcrafted gifts. There are several Christmas Markets in London but below, you will find five of the best Christmas markets in London.

The BEST 5 Christmas Markets in London 2021

1 | Best Christmas Markets in London at London’s Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London. November 19, 2021- January 3, 2022 [Opens 10.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. daily except Christmas Day]

Winter Wonderland is the biggest and one of the best Christmas Markets in London. Popularly described as the biggest fun fair in London at Christmas, Winter Wonderland draws thousands of visitors, both near and far. Host to the largest outdoor ice rink, festive food stalls and the many different rides, roller coasters and ferris wheel. There is an IceBar that serves unique festive cocktails,. The one attraction which is highly recommended is Santa Land, an enchanting experience for both young and old. Walk around the stalls for some beautiful handcrafted gifts.

Entry to the park is FREE. Attractions and activities will incur a fee. Prior booking is recommended for some attractions.

Getting here: Nearest station is Marble Arch, Bond Street, Hyde Park Corner, Green Park.

For more information on Winter Wonderland, check their official website here.


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2 | Best Christmas Markets in London at Leicester Square Christmas Market

Leicester Square Christmas Market, London: November 12, 2021 to January 3, 2022 [Opens: 12.00 p.m – 10.00 p.m Mon – Fri 10.00 a.m – 10.00 p.m Sat-Sun

Located in the most vibrant part of the city, Leicester Square Christmas Market is in the heart of London, in theatre land and just a stone’s throw from China Town. It is small compared to Winter Wonderland but the festive vibes are very present. You will find plenty of food stalls, handcrafted bespoke gifts stalls, festive ornaments and variety shows. There is more of a traditional feel than any of the other Christmas Markets in London. The stalls are authentic Bavarian-style wooden huts and this, adds to the warmth of the Christmas cheer.

Entrance is FREE. Santa’s Grotto is £11.50 and the Cabaret Shows are ticketed.

Getting here: Nearest stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus.

For more information on Leicester Square Christmas Market, check their official website here.


3 | Best Christmas Markets in London at Covent Garden

Covent Garden Christmas Markets, London. November 9, 2021 to January 3, 2022.

Londoners often say that Covent Garden is the place to find the best gifts for someone and the ultimate meeting point for friends. Thus, Covent Garden is one of the most popular shopping destinations in London at anytime of the year. It is unique because it is one place where you will find highend fashion names alongside market traders, all offering a very special shopping experience. There are over 200 stores and each offer their own speciality along with a wide range of distinctive handmade crafts and goods. From jewellery and prints to watercolours, soaps and sweet treats – all presenting a perfect opportunity to shop under one roof for that special gift at Christmas for your friends and family.

Christmas is especially beautiful here when the Apple Market is decorated (don’t forget to look up). The Market pulls out all stops when the Christmas decorations go up making Covent Garden a magical haven and an instagrammable hotspot!

Another main attraction at Covent Garden is the massive 60ft British grown Christmas tree illuminated with 30,000 little sparkles with a perfect huge red bow. The lights will be shining in the famed central piazza as from November 9, 2021

Free event.

Getting here: Nearest station – Covent Garden

For more information on Covent Garden, check their official website here


4 | Best Christmas Markets in London by the River at London Bridge City

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Dates: TBC

For more information, check their official website, londonbridgecity.co.uk here


5 | Christmas Markets at London Greenwich Market

Christmas late markets – every Wednesday in December before Christmas

Greenwich Market is a World Heritage Site and is a great destination all year round. It is especially magical with Christmas lights and mulled wine. There are 120 stalls offering a range of handmade gifts, food and drink.

Getting here: Nearest station – Cutty Sark

For more information on activities at Greenwich Market, check their official website

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4 practical considerations to think about …

1 | Pre-book activities

Book things to do in London at Christmas so you don’t miss out on the magical experiences. When you join a tour group, you will be guided to experience the best highlights as well as some of the hidden gems accompanied by the many tales of Christmas. A tour at Christmas covers more than one experience and is usually great value for money. Here is a list of all the magical experiences to get into which I highly recommend:


2 | Book your stay in the heart of London for best experiences during Christmas

London may be an expensive metropolis to visit but if planned well and ahead of time, you are certain to find some great accommodations for a good price, even during the festive season. Take a look at the following best deals in the City of London:

Booking.com

Alternatively, peruse more choices of accommodations in London.


3 | Buy a London City Pass

Recommended read: 7 Key benefits of the London Pass


4 | Train travel

If you are planning on travelling to London by train or if you are visiting London and wish to see some of the English countryside by train, consider using Trainline for purchasing your tickets. Trainline offers the widest choices on train tickets in the UK and you are sure to find one within budget for your journey.


Finally …

What do you think? Is this post helpful to plan your visit to our pick of the best Christmas markets in London during this festive season? Do let us know in comments.

Have an awesome time this Christmas in London.

Georgina xoxo

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Top 9 Super Spooky and Haunted Places on the Isle of Wight

Top 9 super spooky and haunted places on the Isle of Wight

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‘Ghost Island’ – Haunted places on the Isle of Wight

Some say the legends hold true to witness accounts of eerie feelings and sightings, and that the spirits will continue to haunt the places for years to come. Some others regard them, simply as stories.

The creepy-aura on the island piqued in the 1970s and earned itself a reputation as ‘Ghost Island’, attracting ghost-hunters and spooky enthusiasts alike ever since. There has been several books written on the witness’ accounts spurring on more interests in all things that goes “bump” in the night!

Whether one believes in the experiences or not is entirely up to the individual. In this article, I share the places where weird sightings, noises and feelings have been reportedly experienced.

Here are the top 9 most spine-tingling haunted places on the Isle of Wight and its stories:

Top 9 Haunted places on the Isle of Wight

1 | The Ghosts of Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Ventnor Botanic Gardens is a tourist hotspot on the Island. It is renowned for its scenic location and the incredible range of flora and fauna along with rare plants from around the globe that grows spectacularly here. The Ventnor Botanic Gardens is also home to a wide range of butterflies and insects not found any where else in UK.

It is hard to believe that this beautiful place could be haunted but it has been said that it is indeed one of the most haunted places on the Isle of Wight.

Before it became famed as Ventnor Botanic Gardens, it was the location of the Old Royal National Hospital. Patients here were treated for the deadly tuberculosis disease. Over the very many years, thousands of patients, sadly died and their souls are said to haunt the site. There has been several reported sightings since the demolition of the hospital building (where the car park for Ventnor Botanic Gardens is now located) in 1969.

Sightings of sickly-looking ghosts, and phantom nurses in old-fashioned uniforms walking between the flower beds has been reported. Ghostly weepings and groanings have also been heard. There are several remnants of the old building still remaining, including an old disuse tunnel leading out to the cliffs from the end of the gardens. The tunnel was once used for disposing of medical waste. A strong scent of ether has been reported at the garden end by some.

The Ventnor Botanic Gardens usually run a Halloween Ghost Walk special event with access to areas not usually open to the general public.

Where: Ventnor Botanic Garden, Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1UL


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2 | The Ghosts at St Catherine’s Lighthouse

Built in 1838 and located near the village of Niton, on the most southerly point of the island, the Lighthouse at St Catherine’s Point is a spectacular place on the Isle of Wight. It’s location is a photographer’s paradise for photos of storms working their way across the English Channel and for perfect views of the stars and milkyway at night.

This tranquil location has been home to many spooky tales which makes St Catherine’s Lighthouse to be one of the most haunted places on the Isle of Wight. From ghost animal sightings, unexplained footsteps and noises to slamming doors and missing items but the most striking story of St Catherine’s Lighthouse goes way back to Second World War.

In an enemy raid during the War, three lighthouse keepers were killed by a bomb. The three keepers were buried in the churchyard at Niton. A memorial plaque dedicated to them is placed inside the lighthouse.

The lighthouse has been fully automated since 1997 but it has been said that there is a ghost that still walks the tower with sightings of a figure in the lamp room and beams of light cutting through fog.

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Ghostly sightings aside, St Catherine’s Lighthouse is a popular destination for overnight and weekend or short stays on the island for couples and families.

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Location: St Catherine’s Lighthouse, Niton, Ventnor PO38 2NF


3 | Appuldurcombe House and it’s ghosts hauntings

This incredibly grand and “complete” mansion at Wroxhall is rather deceiving from a distance but it is only when you are close that it reveals itself as nothing more than ruins.

This extraordinary English Baroque mansion began its story in the 18th century as the seat of the Worsley family. Once the grandest house on the island, it is now one of the grandest haunted places on the Isle of Wight!

Where: Appuldurcombe Road, Wroxall, Isle of Wight, PO38 3EW


4 | The mysterious house at Knighton Gorges

Reportedly, the Knighton Gorges location near Newchurch is another of the most haunted places on the Isle of Wight since medieval times.

Once, there stood a grandest Elizabethan-Tudor style manor house that has seen many tragic events and phenomenal curses had followed the residents throughout the ages.

The curse is said to have started with one Sir Hugh de Morville (d.1202) who was one of the four knights who murdered the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett on December 27, 1170. He, along with the three took residence in the manor house. Mysterious deaths and weird happenings followed the owners and tenants of the manor house at Knighton Gorges throughout the centuries. This include the mysterious death of Sir Tristram Dillington in 1718, until the final owner, George Maurice who destroyed the house in 1821. He did so out of spite because he disapproved of his daughter marrying a clegyman, thus preventing her from inheriting the manor.

There are many ghost stories surrounding the manor house at Knighton Gorges. The removed gargoyles at the gates leading to the manor house are said to reappear every now and again and sightings of Sir Tristram riding his horse on the anniversary of his death. By far the greatest draw for thrill-seeking ghost-tourists is the reappearing of the manor house, all lit up with candles on New Year’s Eve. A New Year’s ball was said to have been held every year and ghost-hunters gather in the hope of hearing music echoing along the fields.

No public access

Just so you know – the land is privately owned and there is no public access to the property.


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5 | The Hare and Hounds, Burnt House Lane

The stories surrounding the Hare and Hounds is unbelievably chilling – even for a ghost story!

This infamous location is the backdrop to the gruesome stories revolving around an infamous Michael Morey. He killed his grandson, James Dove (14 years old) in the nearby woods, known as Burnthouse Woods. Morey burnt his cottage to the ground to conceal his crime. Dove’s dismembered body was found three months later. Morey was eventually executed and his body hung on the gibbet. The gibbet was positioned near a crossroad on Gallows Hill at the end of Burnt House Lane. The scaffold has the date 1737 carved on it and now forms part of a roof beam in the original pub of the nearby Hare & Hounds.

People wandering or driving along Burnt House Lane has reportedly seen a headless torso directing them to take a different route home. Some others have had the unnerving experience of having their car engines turned off and lights dim for no apparent reason.

Where: Hare & Hounds, Downend Road, Newport, PO30 2NU


6 | Arreton Manor – Haunted places on the Isle of Wight

Where: Arreton Manor, Main Road, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 3AA


7 | Carisbrooke Castle

Carisbrooke Castle is a popular destination throughout the year for all the family. Deeply rooted in history since its beginnings in the 11th century, this famous castle had undergone modifications and added defences throughout centuries. Carisbrooke Castle was also a prison at one point in time. Notable prisoners were Charles I who tried to escape but was caught, and later executed in London. His two children, Prince Henry and Princess Elizabeth were sent here as prisoners after his execution. Soon afterwards, Princess Elizabeth, who was just fourteen at that time was found dead. Her face resting on the Bible given to her as gift by her father.

As a famous fortification in English history, Carisbrook Castle has a long-standing reputation of being haunted by all manner of residents. Tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors of history have all been cited. The moat seems to be one of the most popular locations for ghostly sightings. Reported sightings have been of a grey woman walking around the castle grounds and a huge man in a long white gown around the moat.

If you are up for a bone-chilling experience at Carisbrooke Castle, join-in in their Halloween Week activity designed for 16+ adults.

Where: Carisbrooke Castle, Castle Hill, Newport, PO30 1XY | Isle of Wight

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8 | Golden Hill Fort, Freshwater – haunted places on the Isle of Wight

Built in the Victorian era between 1863 and 1869, the Golden Hill Fort was built on highground in Freshwater as a barracks and coastal defence overlooking the Solent. The six-sided fort is a Grade I listed building and was recently converted to a series of luxury homes.

One may wonder why is this remarkable building one of the top haunted places on the Isle of Wight.

The ghostly happenings at the Golden Hill Fort goes way back to its days as an army barracks. There are accounts of the ghost of a much hated sergeant major who died “accidentally” by missing his steps on the spiral staircase. His yells, tobacco smoke and doors slamming have all been seen and felt over the years. There is also the ghost of a sailor who was put to death for espionage roaming the halls of the Fort.

Where: Golden Hill Fort, Norton Green, Freshwater, PO40 9SJ


9 | Whitecroft Hospital – haunted places on the Isle of Wight

After about a century in operation, the Whitecroft Hospital finally closed its doors in 1992. The building is converted to residential apartments as Gatcombe Manor.

Workmen involved in the construction of the apartments have reportedly seen nurses in faded uniforms, and the unnerving feeling of being watched. A regular sighting has been of a doctor strolling along the car park, seemingly arriving for work. He has also been seen peering through the ground floor windows of the building.

Where: Gatcombe Manor, Sandy Lane, Gatcombe PO30 3DW


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On a final note…

Gaynor Baldwin is a world renowned paranormal expert and author who has written several books on the ghostly happenings of this island. Here are a few of them if you wish to learn more:


The Isle of Wight at a Glance

Coordinates: Latitude: 50° 40′ 30.59″ N Longitude: -1° 16′ 30.60″ W

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Basic facts:

Island: Largest island in England

Island’s city: Newport

Population: 141,538 | Second most populous island in England behind Portsea Island.

Landmass: The Isle is roughly 380.728 kilometer/147 square miles

County: Governed by one unitary authority.

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) | British Summer Time (BST)

High season: July – August

Religion: Christianity

Language: English

Money

Currency: Pounds Sterling (£)

Credit and Debit cards accepted.

Topography

Elevation: Maximum elevation: 242 m | Average elevation: 15 m | Minimum elevation: -1 m

Highest point: St Boniface Down – 241 metres (791 ft)

Designation:

1 | Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve, United Kingdom

2 | Isle of Wight – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Why Visit:

Famous for: Ghosts, Dinosaur bones, Victorian villages, Cycling routes, Walking & Hiking + Healing & Wellbeing retreats

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Resources used – Haunted places on the Isle of Wight:

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Even More Ghosts of the Isle of Wight by Gay Baldwin

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Top 9 Super Spooky and Haunted Places on the Isle of Wight first published at timelesstravelsteps.com in October 2021.

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Save time and money when you visit London – pre-order The London Pass. The London Pass is a popular all-encompassing city of London pass giving you access to over eighty attractions for one low price over your selected number of days. A must-have city of London pass if you are spending a couple of days in London and you want to max your visits to iconic landmarks while saving money. There are 7 key benefits of the London Pass you need to know and here they are:

The London Pass

Benefits of the London Pass

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See all that London has to offer with this valuable sightseer credits package giving you access to 80+ attractions, castles, tours and museums.

1 | Sightseeing credits package to suit your budget

Select your sightseeing credits package from 1,2,3,4,5,6 or 10 day duration and enjoy access to your attractions in one price. The London Pass helps you to plan ahead of the attractions you want to visit and to curate your itinerary to suit your budget.

2 | Touch free digital tickets

Once you have selected and paid for your sightseer package, you can download the digital ticket instantly. Pay nothing at the gate. Gain access to attraction by simply showing your digital ticket at the entry point or ticket office. Some of the best attractions included in the London Pass are the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey as well as “View from the Shard”.

3 | Enjoy skip-the-line access to some top attractions

Included also are skip-the-line access to some of the selected top attractions such as the London Zoo in Regent’s Park, St Paul’s Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace.

4 | Includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour and Thames River Cruise

The London Pass includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour for one day and a Thames River cruise.

5 | Free Guidebook

Your London Pass comes with a beautifully illustrated digital guidebook that includes lots of information on each of the attractions, map, valuable shopping, dining and West End theatre discounts.

6 | Flexibility to suit personal circumstances

If you are worried about last-minute changes to your plans, the London Pass has you covered – all passes are valid for two years from date of purchase and becomes activated from your first attraction visit, thereafter your pass is valid for the remaining number of days/attraction choices purchased.

7 | Great Value

The current value (as at January 2022) starts from £62.00 per individual – great value when you consider that a standard ticket to the Tower of London for an adult is £29.90 (without donation)! With the London Pass, you have a selection of 80+ attractions to select from and if selected well, you have covered the cost by visiting two attractions already. Of course, you gain lots more given that you can visit further sights in a day. Added to this is the great flexibility you have where you could select the number of days you need to suit your itinerary.

The current value (as at January 2022) starts from £62.00 per individual – great value when you consider that a standard ticket to the Tower of London for an adult is £29.90 (without donation)! With the London Pass, you have a selection of 80+ attractions and if selected well, you have covered the cost by visiting two attractions already. Of course, you gain lots more given that you can visit further sights in a day. Added to this is the great flexibility you have where you could select the number of days you need to suit your itinerary.


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What to expect from The London Pass

Once you have selected the ideal duration for your pass and have paid, you could download digital ticket and save it on your mobile device. Gain access to 80+ attractions by simply scanning your ‘ticket’ at the gate. Enjoy some of the most fascinating sights London has to offer, with skip-the-line access to glorious sights like St Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Kensington Palace. Relax onboard a Thames River Cruise, and explore London onboard a hop-on-hop-off bus.

Select from 1 – 10 days credit package to suit your itinerary. Download your ‘ticket’ and London is for your taking!

Here are some of the unmissable activities included in the London Pass:

1 | Visit  Tower of London with the London Pass

The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has been a royal palace, prison, armoury and even a zoo!

Please know that this activity requires prior reservations. Book your spot by following the instructions on the guidebook. Suggested duration is 2 hours but 3 hours is highly recommended for an immersive experience of this London’s landmark.

View post: Beyond the Walls of London Fortress

2 | Enjoy the   Big Bus Tours

Hop and off as much as you want with a 1-day classic London Hop-on Hop-off tour. See all of London’s top sights at your own pace with this London sightseeing bus. Some tours include a knowledgeable guide on board who will point out the must-sees while explaining their cultural and historic significance as you go.

PLEASE NOTE: You need to pick either Big Bus OR Golden Tours services for the duration of your 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. You cannot use on both services and is valid for 1-day only.

3 | Journey UP –  The View from The Shard

Journey to a height of up to 800ft (244m); to the top of London’s tallest observation platform and premium visitor attraction.

Know that this activity requires advanced reservations and you can book your slot by following the instructions in the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

4 | Experience The Thames – Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – London Eye (Waterloo) Pier

Without a doubt, Thames river cruise is one of the best ways to see London! Relax in the comfort of a modern, all-weather Thames Clippers’ Uber Boat while you meander through the heart of the city, past so many of its most famous attractions.

Redeem your pass for a River Roamer ticket that allows you unlimited use for one day, and hop on and off as you like!

5 | Stop At:   Uber Boat by Thames Clippers – Greenwich Pier

This journey aboard a Thames Clipper makes travel in London an adventure. The river bus service stops at world-famous London landmarks every 20 minutes making sightseeing super easy.

Redeem your pass for a River Roamer ticket that allows you unlimited use for one day, and hop on and off as you like!

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6 | Visit the iconic  Tower Bridge London

Tower Bridge is one of the most impressive structures and sites in the capital and has stood over the River Thames since 1894. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

7 | Visit the Palaces

Stop At:   Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is the former home of King Henry VIII. Visit this iconic landmark, just a stone’s throw of London and learn all about the Tudor living and the ghosts that walk the corridors of the Palace.

Know that this activity with the London Pass requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 3 – 4 hours.

8 | Stop At:   Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace has been home to the royal family since the 17th century. Now, it is the official residence to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Visit this extraordinary palace for a peek into Queen Victoria’s childhood and afterwards, time permitting, walk around the sunken garden to experience the peace and tranquility that surrounds this royal palace.

This activity with the London Pass requires advanced reservation and you could book your preferred time-slot by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours.

9 | Explore the dark side of London with the London Pass – Stop At:   The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a unique and interactive journey through the deep, dark history of London. Travel through time and take a look at 2000 years’ worth of history within London Bridge and the surrounding area. Recommended duration is 2 hours 

10 | Visit the   Westminster Abbey

This beautiful Gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Associated with kings and queens of England, the Westminster Abbey is a landmark not to be missed. Recommended duration 1 to 2 hours.

11 | Stop at the remarkable St. Paul’s Cathedral

Situated near the River Thames , St, Paul’s Cathedral is one of London’s most historic buildings, designed by Britain’s famed architect, Sir Christopher and one that should top every visitor’s list. Designed by Britain’s famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

Read: Why St Paul’s Cathedral is a special place to visit

12 | Stop At:   Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall London is one of London’s most prestigious historic buildings and tourist attractions. Few venues can rival the venue for the variety of world-class events that have taken place there – From Adele to Ali and Wagner to Winston Churchill. This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

13 | Stop At:   Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these magnificent London gardens, glasshouses, and galleries are a living exhibit as well as an important historical legacy. This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours.

14 | Stop At:   Royal Observatory Greenwich

Discover the past, present and future wonders of astronomy at the center of time! Take a fascinating journey through the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World and explore Flamsteed House, the original astronomer’s apartments. Recommended duration 1 to 2 hours. Plan your trip to co-incide with the ‘red-ball’ drop.

Read all about the ‘red-ball’ drop and the Royal Observatory + Planetarium before your visit.

15 | Take a breather at the  Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Cutty Sark is the last surviving tea clipper, and the fastest and greatest of her time. Delve into the adventures of this iconic ship and her crew in an immersive experience that brings her fascinating history to life. Follow in the footsteps of those who sailed her, explore interactive displays that evoke the sights, smells and sounds of life at sea, enjoy sweeping views of the Thames, and walk right underneath the ship’s gleaming hull to touch a piece of world history. Recommended duration is 1 to 2 hours.

Read: Cutty Sark Greenwich

Read: Greenwich in 1 day – 45 experiences and more.

16 | Experience the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with the London Pass

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is an open-air playhouse built as a reconstruction of the building where the great playwright penned many of his plays. Recommended duration 2 hours.

17 | Stop At:  ZSL London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo has been educating and inspiring visitors since opening to the public in 1847, it’s a great family day out right in the center of Regent’s Park. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

View: Tours of Parks and Gardens in London

18 | Home of Windsor Castle, Berkshire

A short train ride to the outskirts of London sits the impressive and historic Windsor Castle, residence of the British royal family. Famous for its architecture, the Castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

Read: Windsor Castle and Windsor in 1 day

19 | Stop At:   ArcelorMittal Orbit

Ascend to two viewing platforms (at 76 and 80m high) and overlook the Olympic tracks where world records were set – and broken – and where top athletes drew blood, sweat and tears. The Orbit is the perfect attraction to get an exclusive insight into the iconic sporting structure and its nail-biting history. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

20 | Stop At: Handel & Hendrix in London

Make your way up the wonky, 250 year old stairs and step back in time into George Frideric Handel’s music rooms. This is iconic place where he composed, rehearsed and performed with the leading musical luminaries of the Baroque age. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

21 | Be blown away at  Wembley Stadium

A short journey from central London is Wembley Stadium, London’s largest and most prestigious sporting stadium. It is the home of the England football team, the venue for all domestic club competitions such as the world famous FA Cup and host of both the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Finals. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

22 | The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to an astonishing and wide-ranging collection of paintings, sculpture and other works of art as well as a glittering array of priceless treasure held in trust for the Nation by Her Majesty The Queen. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

23 | The Household Cavalry Museum, London

Household Cavalry Museum is unlike any other military museum because it offers a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of The Household Cavalry.

From a glazed screen inside the Museum, visitors can view into the working stables of The Queen’s Life Guard. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

24 | The Guards Museum with the London Pass

The Guards Museum London is a fascinating insight into the history of the military in the capital and is unique among London museums as it was not originally intended for public view. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

25 | Stop At:   The Monument to the Great Fire of London

Built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, The Monument is one of the best ways to enjoy spectacular views of London while learning about an important moment in London’s history. Recommended duration is 1 hour or less.  

26 | Visit Chelsea FC Stadium Tour & Museum

Part of the Chelsea FC Stadium Tour is a visit to the changing rooms where Chelsea’s world famous squad spends many tense and season-defining moments. You will also experience the atmosphere of this enigmatic space and relive the drama experienced there both in recent and historic games.

This visit requires prior reservation and you could book your slot by following instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

27 | The  Freud Museum, London

Recommended duration is 1 hour.

28 | Learn about transportation at the   London Transport Museum with the London Pass

Visit this lively exhibition and explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London. Recommended duration is 1 hour.

29 | Visit the world-class Science Museum, Kensington, London

The Science Museum is home to a world-class collection that aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives. With its IMAX Theatre, transport to a place you’ve never been before. On a giant screen the height of four double-decker buses and size of 64 parked taxis, you don’t just see an IMAX film, you feel like you’re part of the action.

This activity requires prior reservation and you could select your preferred time by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 to 3 hours but if you have more time, will be great as there are lots to see.

30 | Stop At:   The Kia Oval

The Kia Oval is one of the world’s most famous sports grounds and has been home to Surrey County Cricket Club since 1845. The Kia Oval also boasts the title of the birthplace of cricket’s Ashes, the host of football’s first ever FA Cup Final in 1872, along with early rugby Internationals.

This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

31 | Beefeater Gin Distillery – one of London’s best kept secret!

The Beefeater Gin Distillery is the Home of Gin. The visitors centre hosts an interactive experience that lifts the lid on the extraordinary stories and events behind one of the world’s favorite spirits.

This activity requires prior reservation – please book, following the instructions in the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

32 |  London Bicycle Tour Company.

Enjoy a Bicycle Tour of London with an expert guide (multiple languages available), or choose a bike rental and go on your own. Bike Hires can be redeemed from 11am and requires prior reservation. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Recommended duration is 3 hours.  

33 |  Charles Dickens Museum

34 | Imagine sailing the mighty seas – visit the Golden Hinde with the London Pass

Visit this living-history museum and find out what it was like to sail the mighty seas aboard an Elizabethan galleon during the adventurous days of the 16th century. Explore the full-size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake’s sixteenth-century flagship and interact with the crew of sailors as they tell tales of life aboard the Golden Hinde.

Recommended duration: 1 hour 

35 | Explore the Emirates Stadium, London

The Arsenal museum forms part of the self-guided tour which enables visitors to explore behind-the-scenes of Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club. The stadium tour includes access to the Arsenal museum but should visitors wish to go to the museum independently they can. Recommended duration is 2 hours.

36 | Twickenham Stadium, London

Nowhere in England is more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium, home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) – this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast. Recommended duration – 2 hours. 

37 |  Curzon Soho with the London Pass

Infused with a heady mix of both celebrity and talent, this Soho cinema has three screens on three floors and is regularly used for industry awards evenings, private screenings and film festivals, making it a very special cinema indeed.

Recommended duration – 2 hours. 

38 | Stop At:   Curzon Mayfair Screen with the London Pass

One of the biggest in central London. This renowned cinema presents up to twelve premieres a year and many other gala events, so you never know which celebrity or Royal personage last sat in your seat. Duration: 2 hours.

39 | Stop At:   Curzon Bloomsbury

Recently refurbished to the highest technology and design, the Curzon Bloomsbury plays regular host to festivals, screenings, director Q&A’s and the London Socialist Film Cooperative screenings. Duration: 2 hours 

40 | Visit: The Postal Museum

From its beginnings 500 years ago to the Mail Rail and Great Train Robbery, explore the surprising story of communication at The Postal Museum.

This activity requires prior reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 1 hour 

41 |  Chelsea Physic Garden with the London Pass

Often cited as one of a few ‘secret’ London gardens, the Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 and is still committed to research into ‘the properties, origins and conservation of over 5000 species’. Duration: 2 hours 

42 | Visit: Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace is an impressive historical site that has been linked with a distinguished line of Royal figures since its construction in the 1300s. For hundreds of years it was a key residence for the monarchy, even housing a young Henry VIII.

This activity requires advanced reservations. Follow the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 2 hours 

43 | Visit: QUEENS skate dine bowl with the London Pass

London’s only ice rink, established in 1931, QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl also has it’s own bar and café, 12 brand new ten-pin bowling lanes as well as a Retro Arcade Games Room, including favorites such as Mario Kart, Street Fighter II, Tron and more. Please note:

This activity requires advanced reservations and you could book your preferred time by following the instructions on the included guidebook. Duration: 2 hours 

44 | Stop At:   Jason’s Trip

Jason’s Trip is the original Regent’s Canal tour and has been operating since 1951. Jason is an authentic 108-year-old canal boat which was originally used as a cargo-vessel on the canals before being fitted with a diesel engine and converted to passenger-carrying duties. Duration: 1 hour 


And so much more!!

Plan ahead and buy the London Pass from your preferred tour supplier for immediate download.

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26 Very Best Places to stay on Isle of Wight

26 Very Best Places to Stay on the Isle of Wight, England

An escape to the Isle of Wight, just across the south-coast of mainland Britain offer exciting adventures and magical discoveries which brings together nature, wildlife and incredible history. This natural paradise also offer stunning countryside and villages with rivers running through it. To really know this gem of an island is to spend a few days here in one of the best places to stay on Isle of Wight.

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Best places to stay on the Isle of Wight | England

As you may already know, the Isle of Wight is a small island but it is the largest in England. It is so small that you could drive from one end to the other in an hour (no traffic) or drive the entire circumference of the island in three hours, without traffic and not stopping for views. Therefore, most people think a day is more than enough to visit this island but this little gem deserves more than a day.

Give the island a few days…

The best way to experience this fascinating island is to spend a few days here and explore to your heart’s content. Anything between three and five days is a good start and you will be planning your second trip to the island before you depart 🙂

To support you to do just that, here are 26 very best places to stay on Isle of Wight. These have been carefully selected, located at or within proximity of the five major towns on the Isle of Wight – Bembridge, Cowes, Newport, Shanklin and Ventnor. You could stay in any of these towns and drive or take public transportation to any of the attractions dotted around the island. All destinations are easily reached without much time spent on commute.

The very best places to stay on Isle of Wight are selected for timeless memories for you to peruse and reserve. While some properties prefer adults only as their guests, there are a number of properties where you can take your paw friends with you which is superb and no-one is left-out! However, this is by no means an exhaustive list and there are many that may not be included but the ones listed here are selected based on excellent location, incredible views, fabulous stay, very good service and staff as well as for good hearty breakfasts (where breakfast is included in the stay).

Included also are suggestions on things to do and places to eat and drink around the vicinity of the properties.

The 26 very best places to stay on Isle of Wight as recommended by TTS are:

1 | Bembridge East Wight

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Bembridge coastline Isle of Wight

Bembridge, a village at the easternmost point of Isle of Wight has a reputation of being the largest village in England. The village has a population nearing 4,000, a harbour, three beaches and an airport. Bembridge is notable for the RNLI – The Bembridge Lifeboat Station. The three beaches at Bembridge are Lane End, the Ledge and Bembridge Beach and offer different experiences to visitors.

1.1 | Very best places to stay on Isle of Wight at Bembridge

1 | The Spinnaker, Bembridge

Popular for its quality of service and food, The Spinnaker is ideally located within reach of all attractions.

Learn more and reserve your stay at The Spinnaker, Bembridge

2 | 4 The Nab House, Bembridge

Ideal for 2 travellers and rated as exceptional for location, cleanliness, amenities and value for money.

Book your stay at 4 The Nab House, Bembridge

3 | Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge

Ideal for couples, families and groups, Whitecliff Bay is located within minutes of the beach and offer plenty of nighttime entertainment for all ages.

This is one place where you need to book early to secure the best for a reasonable price > Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Bembridge

1.2 | What to do at Bembridge

The RNLI station is open to the public and visitors can learn about its history and the boats that have been stationed there. There is a walkway here that also offers a scenic view of the coastline around Bembridge.

Explore parts of the Isle of Wight Coastal path by following the Lane End beach route. This will lead you to Bembridge Harbour and the famous Bembridge Sailing Club. Visit the 500-year old Bembridge Windmill which is the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Other points of interest are the Bembridge Heritage Centre and the Holy Trinity Church

1.3 | Where to eat and drink at Bembridge

Restaurants and eateries are aplenty in Bembridge and the surrounding areas that caters for any and all tastes. Bembridge is well-known for its seafood – crab and lobsters are a “must try” as these are often caught daily to serve up as fresh as possible. Visit the award winning Crab and Lobster Inn for delicious seafood treat.


2 | Cowes and East Cowes | Very best places to stay on Isle of Wight

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Boasting a rich wealth of history and culture, Cowes sits across the Medina estuary by chain ferry. Cowes and East Cowes are home to one of the oldest, biggest and vibrant sailing regatta in the world, Cowes Week.

2.1 | Very best places to stay on Isle of Wight at Cowes

4 | Albert Cottage Hotel, Cowes

Located close to the Red Funnel ferry terminals, Albert Cottage Hotel offer good accommodations with exceptional hotel grounds.

Popular amongst couples and for weddings.

Learn more and book early to lock-in your price at the Albert Cottage Hotel

5 | Anchor Cottage, East Cowes

Located within yards of the ferry terminals and the beach, this superb accommodation is ideal for couples and small families.

Book your stay > Anchor Cottage

6 | Historic Wooden Ship MFV119, East Cowes Marina

Add a little quirkiness and fun to your island adventure and stay in a historic wooden boat. Watch boats sail by and flying swans.

Highly recommended for family stay or group travel.

Learn more and book your stay at the historic wooden ship MFV119

7 | Best Western New Holmwood Hotel, Cowes

One of visitors’ favourite destination, this accommodation is ideally located to Osborne House at just 2.2 miles.

Book your stay > Best Western New Holmwood Hotel

8 | Aisla Cottage, East Cowes

Boasting a garden, terrace and private parking, Aisla Cottage is ideal for visitors wishing to engage in activities such as hiking, windsurfing and fishing.

Learn more about this apartment and book early to avoid disappointment > Aisla Cottage

2.2 | What to do at Cowes Isle of Wight

Cowes Week takes place at the height of summer and it is busiest time of the year. There are live entertainments, and numerous activities to get into. The historic Northwood House hosts the Isle of Wight Proms and the Isle of Wight Literary Festival. For a little Victorian nostalgia, visit Osborne House, St Mildred’s Church and Egypt Point which are open to the public for most of the year.

Recommended read: The Victorian Love Affair

2.3 | Where to eat and drink at Cowes Isle of Wight

For families, adrenalin junkies, hungry sailors and visitors alike, there is an excellent gastronomic delight in Cowes. From pubs, wine bars, cafes and restaurants offering tempting tapas, mouthwatering pizzas, perfect burger stacks to simplest of sandwiches. You will be spoiled for choice.


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3 | Newport | Very best places to stay on Isle of Wight

Newport is often referred to as the capital of Isle of Wight and is located in the centre of the island. This principal town forms a civil parish with Carisbrooke and has a population estimated at 26,000. The town is surrounded by two squares of Georgian architecture on one side and Victorian on the other. The Isle of Wight Festival takes place in June each year at Seaclose Park, Newport.

3.1 | Best places to stay on Isle of Wight at Newport

9 | Newport Quay, Newport

On a quiet, wide street in the heart of Newport is this Grade II listed accommodation. Rated as fabulous for cleanliness, food and friendly staff, Newport Quay is particularly popular with couples.

Reserve your stay > Newport Quay

10 | One Tennyson, Newport

Located within 2 miles of Carisbrooke Castle is this holiday home featuring 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms – ideal for family or group vacations.

Learn more and reserve your stay at > One Tennyson, Newport

11 | One Holyrood, Newport

Regarded as fabulous for its location, and its gardens, One Holyrood is located less than a mile of Carisbrooke Castle.

Welcomes pets.

Learn more about this quaint place and reserve your stay > One Holyrood

3.2 | What to do at Newport Isle of Wight

As a principal town of Isle of Wight, Newport offers a number of well-known chain stores for shopping. There are some smaller independent shops as well for unique designs. As well, a popular farmers market every Friday selling a good range of local produce.

There are a great selection of attractions nearby to suit all interests. The Museum of Island History, Quay Arts Centre and the Newport Roman Villa are easily reached from the town centre. In the heart of Newport is Newport Minster – a church with historical links to Queen Victoria. To the west of the town is Carisbrooke Castle, a 12th century fort ideal for a fun day out. For a truly wonderful experience with nature, explore the natural woodland of Robin Hill within a short distance away.

There are plenty of entertainments too – multi-screen cinema, range of shows at the Medina and Apollo throughout the year.

3.3 | Where to eat and drink at Newport

There are great options to eat and drink with world cuisines, seafood, and pizzas on offer. Here are just three from the wide selection available at Newport.


4 | Shanklin | Very best places to stay on Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight | Shanklin beach

Shanklin is one of the most popular holiday destinations on Isle of Wight for families, groups, couples and solo travellers. From award winning sandy beaches, the wooded ravine of Shanklin Chine to the enchanting pretty thatched cottages of the Old Village, there is plenty to do here with no moments to be bored!

4.1 | Best places to stay on Isle of Wight at Shanklin

12 | Luccombe Villa Holiday Apartments, Shanklin

An excellent location, the self-catering apartments in Luccombe Villa features secluded gardens and spacious apartments. Just minutes away from sandy beaches of Shanklin and Shanklin Chine.

Welcomes pets.

Learn more and reserve your stay >Luccombe Villa Holiday Apartments

13 | Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel, Shanklin

Located within 4 acres of cliff-top gardens, guests of Luccombe Manor are treated to panoramic views across Shanklin Beach, breakfast in a Victorian dining room and tea in the Grand View Tea Gardens.

Welcomes pets.

Reserve your stay at Luccombe Manor Country House Hotel

14 | Luccombe Hall Hotel, Shanklin

A cliff-top location, amazing sea views and tranquil gardens awaits every visitor at this superb historic building that was originally built in 1870. The Luccombe Hall offer outdoor heated pool, terrace and daily breakfast.

Find out more and book your stay at Luccombe Hall Hotel, Shanklin

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15 | Bourne Hall Country Hotel, Shanklin

A beautiful Victorian country house in the midst of 3 acres of mature gardens offers its guests incredible views over Sandown and Shanklin Bay.

Built in 1860s, the property is at an elevated position on the edge of Luccombe Downs.

Stay at Bourne Hall Country Hotel

16 | The Nightingale Mansion, Shanklin

Stay at this unique hotel located on the cliff-top of Shanklin with spectacular views of the English Channel and surrounding white cliffs – highly recommended for gothic lovers!

Welcomes pets.

Reserve a stay at The Nightingale Mansion – Smart Hotel

17 | Westbury Lodge, Shanklin

This Victorian property is situated in the best rated area and offer its adult guests a calm getaway within minutes of scenic views of Shanklin’s cliff-top path.

Welcomes pets.

Book your stay > Westbury Lodge

18 | The Clifton, Shanklin

Located at a stone’s throw from the beach, this accommodation has all the amenities one would expect in a large hotel but with the charm and comfort of a “home away from home”

Learn more and book your stay at The Clifton, Shanklin

19 | The Richmond Bed & Breakfast, Shanklin

Ideally located from Shanklin’s seafront and the woodland gorge, The Richmond offers bed and breakfast adults only accommodation. Although rated as 3-stars, the accommodation is highly rated for its location, cleanliness and superb hosts.

Book The Richmond Bed & Breakfast, Shanklin (Adults only)

More choices are available for family, and group stays – look up Highlands Apartments.

20 | Highlands Apartment 2

21 | Highlands Apartment 3

22 | Highlands Apartment 4

4.2 | What to do at Shanklin Isle of Wight

Watch a show at Shanklin Theatre which offers amateur shows, comedy and concerts to choose from. There are traditional seaside games and amusements at the Esplanade to get into for all the family or walk through Shanklin Chine, home to rare plants, unique gorge and a beautiful waterfall. For quiet evenings, walk along the sandy beach and experience some timeless crimson and red sunsets.

There are also miles and miles of cycle paths and footpaths to explore. The historical Shanklin Walk is highly recommended. The Shanklin Walk is a journey through history on how a small fishing settlement became a popular seaside resort.

4.3 | Where to eat at Shanklin Isle of Wight

From cream tea, traditional fish and chips to freshly caught crab and lobsters plus choose a local ale and live entertainment for an extraordinary experience!


5 | Ventnor Isle of Wight

Ventnor best places to stay on Isle of Wight
Ventnor Isle of Wight

Ventnor is a beautiful seaside resort and was a favourite of Queen Victoria when the Isle of Wight was her palatial home. The town is located on the southeast coast of the island, about 17 km (11 miles) from Newport, beneath St Boniface Down, built on steep slopes leading down to the seafront and beach.

Ventnor is famous for its health resorts because of its unique micro-climate.

5.1 | Best places to stay on Isle of Wight at Ventnor

23 | The Royal Ventnor

This hotel is highly rated for its location and comfort. The Royal Ventnor features picturesque clifftop views, clifftop walks and subtropical gardens. Serves the best English tea – approved by Queen Victoria herself back in the day.

Pets welcome.

*This hotel is high on demand – book early to reserve a stay at The Royal Hotel Ventnor, Ventnor,

24 | Koala Cottage Ventnor

Located in stunning Godshill Ventnor, the property is offered for adults only either for short or long stay. Highly rated for its location and quality of service.

*Adults only

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25 | Orchard Leigh Grange

Located less than a mile from Ventnor, Orchard Leigh is suitable for large adult family or groups of adults.

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26 | The Hambrough is rated very highly for their service, staff, food and comfy beds. It is regarded that the area where the hotel is located which is on the cliff of the south coast of the island gets more sunshine than the rest of the British Isles. This boutique accommodation sits high above Ventnor Fishing Harbour. Peruse more of what it offers and reserve your stay at The Hambrough.

5.2 | What to do at Ventnor Isle of Wight

Ventnor’s sand and shingle beach is the main attraction and is great for sunbathing and family swimming. Hire a beach hut along with some deckchairs for a fun day at the beach. For stunning views across the sea, head to the viewing platform at Ventnor Harbour.

A short distance from the western side of town is the beautiful Victorian Ventnor Park (Park of the Year Award at the South and South East England in Bloom awards 2014). A stroll through the Victorian Ventnor Park leads you to a 22 acre sub-tropical paradise – the famous Ventnor Botanic Gardens at the Undercliff. Not too far from here is Steephill Cove.

5.3 | Where to eat and drink at Ventnor

There are a number of pubs, cafes and restaurants offering a great many varieties in food that cater for all ages and tastes. There is plenty to choose from especially fish and seafood options which are locally sourced – these are delicious and as fresh as it can be.

While the following are highly recommended, nothing beats a meal at the Royal Hotel Ventnor which you simply must try.


These are the 26 places to stay which we hope will add value to your adventure on the beautiful Isle of Wight – do return to share your stories with us and our readers. If there are particular properties that need adding to this list, please let us know and we will add these as “Reader Recommendations.”

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The Isle of Wight at a Glance

Coordinates: Latitude: 50° 40′ 30.59″ N Longitude: -1° 16′ 30.60″ W

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Basic facts:

Island: Largest island in England

Island’s city: Newport

Population: 141,538 | Second most populous island in England behind Portsea Island.

Landmass: The Isle is roughly 380.728 kilometer/147 square miles

County: Governed by one unitary authority.

Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) | British Summer Time (BST)

High season: July – August

Religion: Christianity

Language: English

Money

Currency: Pounds Sterling (£)

Credit and Debit cards accepted.

Topography

Elevation: Maximum elevation: 242 m | Average elevation: 15 m | Minimum elevation: -1 m

Highest point: St Boniface Down – 241 metres (791 ft)

Designation:

1 | Isle of Wight Biosphere Reserve, United Kingdom

2 | Isle of Wight – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Why Visit:

Famous for: Ghosts, Dinosaur bones, Victorian villages, Cycling routes, Walking & Hiking + Healing & Wellbeing retreats

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Where to go for the Very Best Views of The Needles | Isle of Wight

The Needles is the most popular and most photographed attraction on the Isle of Wight. It also features prominently in almost all of the island’s souvenirs. Needless to say the compelling sight is a photographer’s paradise. With this guide, you would be able to capture some amazing best views of The Needles too.

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Best views of The Needles and Lighthouse Isle of Wight

The impressive sight of the Needles rocks and lighthouse, passionately known as “The Needles” can be seen for miles on the western points of the Isle of Wight. Stretching out to sea and rising up at 30m are a row of three chalk and flint stacks. Together with a formidable lighthouse in red and white strategically located at the end of the stacks, The Needles is a prominent feature of the island. This iconic landmark is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders in the United Kingdom attracting , almost half a million visitors each year.

Without a doubt, you will want to experience the landmark attraction and have some of the very best views of The Needles for timeless memories to cherish.

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What to expect from this guide

The Needles is a top destination for visitors to the Isle of Wight and a compelling sight for photographers of all abilities. Whether you wish to capture perfect images or just wanting immersive moments as you experience some of the best views of the Needles, you are in the right place! This easy guide is curated to give some helpful information on where to go for the very best views of The Needles.

Recommended read: The Unmissable Needles Rocks and Lighthouse Isle of Wight

Where to go for Best Views of the Needles | Isle of Wight

The Needles is visible from many various points in the western Isle of Wight. However, there are 4 locations from whence you could have the utmost best views of this iconic landmark – both near and far.

1 | From the waters | Alum Bay boat rides for Best views of The Needles

Best views of The Needles and Lighthouse from aboard a cruise boat

Take a pleasure cruise for one of the best views of The Needles. This is the only way for a visitor to the Island to get up close for best views of the Needles and the lighthouse. The boat cruises run throughout the seasons. It takes about twenty-minutes or fifteen-minutes depending on your choice of boats. Select from from a slow pleasure cruise or a fast one aboard the speed-boat RIBS.

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The Needles Lighthouse, Isle of Wight when on a boat ride

For a perfect photo of The Needles rocks and the lighthouse, opt for the high speed-boat as this boat ride takes you to the south of the Lighthouse.

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When aboard the cruises, don’t forget to turn around for some captivating views of the Alum Bay cliffs and its coloured sands.

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