The Isle of Wight Bucket List | Epic 35 Things to do on IOW

The Isle of Wight Bucket List | 35 Epic things to do on IOW

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With just a ferry ride away from the south – coast of British mainland, is an island that has a rich historic past, and host to uniquely diverse landscape. Once home to terrifying predators about 125 million years ago, the Island now boasts natural landmarks, ancient woodland, truly stunning coastlines, dramatic white cliffs, magical sunsets, medieval castles, three hundred year old windmill and, Victorian seaside towns that are alive with so many stories to be explored. The Isle of Wight is one of England‘s best haven, with much to do either on a day trip, a short-break or a longer visit.

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The Isle of Wight is a perfect destination for a vacation by couples, coastal adventurers, families, photographers and just about anyone who enjoys an island getaway. Whilst there are multitude of things to do in this island of outstanding natural beauty, it would be impossible to compile an exhaustive list. Nevertheless, here is a guide for you – an Isle of Wight bucket list of 35 epic things to do in this stunning island (along with some valuable tips) to select from and to build your itinerary to suit your visit.

Read: The Isle of Wight – England’s Best Haven Ultimate Travel Guide

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ALUM BAY – ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST OF THINGS TO DO

1 | The Needles Rocks, Alum Bay | Isle of Wight bucket list

The Needles is one of the most iconic natural landmark in Britain and surely one of the most photographed group of rocks in the world. The distinctive row of three sea stacks of chalk rising-up as a cone at about 30 metres out at sea together with the Needles Lighthouse is one of the main attractions on Isle of Wight. This Isle of Wight bucket list destination draws up to half a million visitors a year.

2 | Needles Lighthouse, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

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

Alongside The Needles sea stacks, stands the formidable lighthouse, Needles Trinity Lighthouse. At 33.25 metres (109.1 ft), Trinity stands against the howling gales at the end of the outermost chalk stack overlooking the Solent. Built in 1859 and has been automated since 1994.

2.1 | How to experience the Needles rocks and lighthouse?

Recommended read: Very best views of The Needles – 4 viewing points on the Isle of Wight

TTS Best Tips: Where to Stay at/near Alum Bay

Needles Cottage

The Old Kitchens

3 | Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

Iale of Wight the Old Battery
The Old Battery perched high above The Needles rocks Isle of Wight

Famously known as “Palmerstone’s Follies” the Old Battery was built in 1860s but never used for its original purpose as defence to the French invasion which did not take place.

A little further up is the Needles New Battery. The New Battery is a small site but home to some fascinating stories of secret rocket testing during the Cold War (1950s – 1970s).

Recommended read: The Historic Needles Batteries – The Old Battery and New Battery on the Isle of Wight

4 | Alum Bay coloured sand cliffs, Isle of Wight

Alum Bay is famous for its multicoloured sand and makes the Isle of Wight bucket list. Uniquely formed out of three minerals, felspar, mica and quartz, they are white in their pure state.

There was a time when visitors were allowed to scrape off the sand from the cliffs to take home as souvenir but this is no longer allowed. These days you could visit the Sand Shop at Alum Bay and have a bottle filled with the various colours to take back as a souvenir.

5 | Alum Bay Glass, Isle of Wight

The glass factory, Alum Bay Glass is quite amazing. It is world famous for unique handmade British fine quality glassware which has fascinated visitors since it began. Watch the skilful art of glass blowing and see a range of crafted glassware.

6 | Other activities at Alum Bay

6.1 | Alum Bay Sweet Factory

If you have a sweet tooth or you are just craving for some sugar, head towards the Sweet Factory and taste a sample – and you will walk out with a bag or two of different varieties 🙂

6.2 | Amusement Park

There is an amusement park in Totland to entertain both the young and adults.

Timeless Travel Steps Best tips:

1 | Get the best of Isle of Wight in One day — Travel from London or Portsmouth

2 | Take the Hovercraft from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight

3 | Take the train from London to Portsmouth

BEMBRIDGE – UNMISSABLE ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST THINGS TO DO

7 | Bembridge Windmill | Isle of Wight bucket list

bembridge windmill Isle of Wight bucket list
Bembridge Windmill Isle of Wight bucket list

What used to be known as Knowle Mill, the Bembridge Windmill is a Grade 1 listed structure and is the last surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight. Built in 1700s, the windmill has most of its original features intack over four floors. The floors are accessible via a series of steep stairs. It was a working windmill until 1913 and it was given to the National Trust England in 1971.

Good to know info:

Address: High Street/Mill Road, BEMBRIDGE, Isle Of Wight, PO35 5SQ

Tel: 01983 873945 | Awards: Green Island Awards, 2008

Guide Price:

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult GAOE£6.50 per ticket
Adult Group£5.20 per ticket
Adult Standard£5.90 per ticket
Child GAOE£3.25 per ticket
Child Group£2.60 per ticket
Child Standard£2.95 per ticket
Family GAOE£16.25 per ticket
Family Standard£14.75 per ticket
*Prices correct at time of writing – February 2022

Prior booking is no longer required but expect a small queue during high season typically during summer holidays.

*Visit length is 45 minutes

8 | Bembridge Heritage Visitor Centre | Isle of Wight bucket list

The coastal position of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight inspired and still does, contribute to boat building, yacht design, sailing and fishing. The village was vital during the World Wars as well.

The Bembridge Heritage Visitor Centre brings together all of these stories on social, seafaring, military and development and displays them so visitors could learn about the diverse stories of this beautiful seaside village.

Good to know info:

Address: Unit 1B Weaver’s Yard, Lane End Road, BEMBRIDGE, Isle of Wight, PO35 5US

Free entry. Donations welcome.

Opening hours:

(1 Apr 2022 – 31 Oct 2022)

Monday – Closed

Tuesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Thursday: 10:00 – 15:00

Friday: 10:00 – 15:00

Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00

Sunday: Closed

(1 Nov 2021 – 31 Mar 2022)

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10:00 – 15:00

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00

Sunday: Closed

9 | Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge, Isle of Wight

Whitecliff Bay Bembridge Isle of Wight
Whitecliff Bay Bembridge Isle of Wight

Whitecliff Bay Bembridge is on the easternmost point of Isle of Wight. A diamond in the rough, it boasts a secluded beach, a sandy bay with shingles and a picturesque setting. Home to Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park offering an array of self-catered accommodation to suit along with a myriad of evening entertainment as well. The beach is a busy place during the day. Access down to the beach is through two-steep concrete tracks.

Whitecliff Bay is a fantastic location in Bembridge. There’s plenty to do here, come rain or shine! It makes a perfect base from whence you can explore all nearby attractions

10 | Earl of Yarborough Monument Culver Down Bembridge

Yarborough Monument Isle of Wight bucket list
Earl of Yarborough Monument | Isle of Wight bucket list

The tallest monument on the island, the Earl of Yarborough Monument is a historic site and definitely one for the Isle of Wight bucket list to tick off. Dedicated to Charles Pelham of Brocklesby Park, Lincolnshire, who was created 1st Earl of Yarborough in 1837. He was an influential figure on the island and was held in great affection by the islanders.

The Yarborough is a striking landmark that forms part of the skyline on the east of the island and was once upon a time a seamark for shipping. Climb the hill to reach this monument and you will be rewarded with spectacular views over Culver Cliff.

Address: Culver Down, BEMBRIDGE, Isle Of Wight, PO36 8QT

11 | Quiet Walks on the Beach in and around Bembridge

isle of wight bucket list
Isle of Wight bucket list

There are a number of beaches in and around Bembridge for quiet walks that are ideal Isle of Wight bucket list. Try St Helens, a pretty green village that sits on the eastcoast of Isle of Wight between Bembridge and Seaview.

Seaview is another delightful coastal village worth exploring.

Timeless Travel Steps Best Tips:

For timeless experience, select from one of the many walks available around Bembridge that offer stunning scenery. For example, try the Bembridge and Culver Downs marshes trail. Get the paper maps or download online.


BRADING, ISLE OF WIGHT

12 | Roman Villa and Coastal Views at Brading, Isle of Wight bucket list

Brading is one of the oldest towns on the island and sits on the east side, nearby to Ryde. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town is pretty with cottages boasting original architecture and a Norman church, St Mary’s. There is also the Brading Roman Villa that offers insights into the Roman period on the island. If you enjoy walking and exploring, Brading Downs offer some spectacular views across Culver Down and Sandown Bay, a delightful Isle of Wight bucket list item to cross off.

Brading Roman Villa

Address: Morton Old Rd, Brading, Sandown PO36 0PH

Tuesday to Saturday

Hours: Generally 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


BRIGHTSTONE, ISLE OF WIGHT

13 | Traditional farmhouses and cottages at Brightstone Village, Isle of Wight bucket list

Brightstone sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, and offer extensive footpaths and bridleways. You could easily explore the open downs, coastal cliffs and beaches.

Brightstone Village is famous for its picturesque traditional farmhouses and thatched cottages. The cottages here are built from local ‘clunch’ stone. The Village is also home to a 800-year old church that is open to the public daily.

14 | Isle of Wight Pearl

The Isle of Wight Pearl is a family owned and run business which has been operating for thirty plus years. Home to a spectacular collection of oyster pearls, this destination offers spectacular clifftop views as well. It is worth bearing in mind that the pearls are not from Isle of Wight.


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COWES – ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST ATTRACTIONS

Located on the west bank of the estuary of River Medina, Cowes is home to the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world. In addition, Cowes is also rich in culture and history. It is connected to the smaller town of East Cowes sitting across on the eastern estuary of River Medina.

15 | Cowes Week – Isle of Wight bucket list experience

One of the most popular sailing regattas in the world takes place in Cowes during Cowes Week. It is the busiest time of the year on the Isle of Wight and takes place over 7 days.

Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place on the Saturday after the last Tuesday in July but this also depends very much on the tides.

Future Cowes Week dates are as follows:

2022 – July 30 to August 6

2023 – July 29 to August 5

2024 – July 27 to August 3

There are other regattas sprinkled throughout the year where you shall find anything from classic yachts to power boats taking part.

16 | Cowes Yacht Haven | Isle of Wight Bucket List

Epic things to do on Isle of Wight bucket list
yacht race Isle of Wight bucket list

Cowes Harbour is home to 4 marinas and a visit to Cowes Yacht Haven on West Cowes is recommended. A world-class marina with easy access to the heart of town for pubs, restaurants and shops.

Address: Vectis Yard, High St, Cowes PO31 7BD

Access – All year round

17 | Osborne House, Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House Isle of Wight bucket list
Isle of Wight bucket list | Osborne House, East Cowes

Isle of Wight is well-known for its royal connection – Queen Victoria and Prince Albert cemented their love affair of the island by building Osborne House, their palatial summer home. Take a glimpse into the private lives of the Victorian family at Osborne House when visiting this stunning island.

Recommended: Get your tickets to visit Osborne House, Isle of Wight

18 | St Mildred’s Church East Cowes – Queen Victoria’s Church

Isle of Wight St Mildred's Church Isle of Wight bucket list
St Mildred’s Church Isle of Wight bucket list

St Mildred’s Church was a favourite of Queen Victoria and she, along with her family worshipped here during their summer vacations. The church was redesigned to incorporate unique features. Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice was married here to Prince Henry of Battenberg in 1885. Both were laid to rest in the cemetary at St Mildred’s.

Address: Beatrice Ave, East Cowes PO32 6LW

Open: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

19 | Egypt Point Cowes

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isle of wight bucket list

Egypt Point is the northernmost point on the Isle of Wight and has a lighthouse that is rather unique. The Egypt Point Lighthouse is located at the bottom of Egypt Hill, on the side of Egypt Esplanade. It was built in 1897 to guide those navigating the Solent and did so for almost a century when it was discontinued in 1987. The name ‘Egypt’ is derived from a colony of gypsies that lived in the area around the 16th century.

Egypt Point is perfect for sunsets. Take the coastal path from Cowes to Gurnard and pass Egypt Point with the sea always in view. Or watch the sunset over the Solent from the terraces of Best Western.

Recommended read: Isle of Wight and 10 Victorian Love Affair Experiences

20 | The Sir Max Aitken Museum, Cowes

For a glimpse into the world of marine history, visit the Sir Max Aitken Museum conveniently located on the highstreet at Cowes. The museum is housed in an 18th century Ratsey and Lapthorn sailmaker’s loft.

Highlights at the museum include, the Gaff from the Royal Racing Yacht Britannia dating from the 1920s and a French Empire Cradle believed to belong to Napoleon Bonaparte for his son, “The Infant King of Rome”.

Address: Sir Max Aitken Museum
The Prospect, 83 High Street,
Cowes,
Isle of Wight,
PO31 7AJ


FRESHWATER, ISLE OF WIGHT BUCKET LIST

Freshwater Bay is located to the south of Freshwater Village and offer an all year round pebble beach which is ideal for swimming, walks and boating. Accessible from Freshwater Village is Tennyson Down, a grassy hill that rises to 147m (482 feet) above sea level. It is a steep climb but worth the effort!

21 | Stag and Mermaid rocks | Isle of Wight

The ‘Stag and Mermaid’ rocks that sits at the edge of the Freshwater Bay coast is a popular tourist attraction as well as a compelling destination for photographers.

There are some rock formations here that form local landmarks. The ones to look out for are the Arch Rock, Stag Rock and Mermaid Rock.

The caves at the bottom of the white cliffs were once used by smugglers when the tide was down. Best way to explore these caves is with an expert guide on a kayak.

22 | Tennyson Monument | Isle of Wight

tennyson monument isle of wight bucket list
Tennyson Monument Isle of Wight bucket list

At the highest point in Tennyson Down , stands a memorial dedicated to the Victorian Poet Laureate, Lord Alfred Tennyson. The Tennyson Monument is a striking granite cross and an impressive structure, standing proudly in an area best loved by the laureate himself. If you can make the climb, you will be rewarded with striking views that this spot commands.

Recommended: The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down coastal walk > Read: 4 key ways to explore the Isle of Wight


GODSHILL, ISLE OF WIGHT

23 | The picturesque Godshill Village, Isle of Wight bucket list

Godshill Isle of Wight bucket list
Godshill Isle of Wight bucket list

Godshill is the ultimate in quintessential English Village on the island. The Village boasts some of the oldest architecture, picturesque thatched roof cottages and delightful winding street lined with tearooms that beckons a stop for some traditional English Cream Tea.


NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT

Newport is the main town on the Isle of Wight. This historic town boasts both Georgian and Victorian architecture. The town centre has numerous shops and eateries. You could also find some high-end fashion labels here. The unmissable places for your bucket list around Newport are the 12th century fort, Carisbrooke Castle and Robin Hill, 88-acres of rolling hills and natural woodland.

24 | Carisbrooke Castle | Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle, IOW
Isle of Wight bucket list: Carisbrooke Castle

Near the town of Newport and strategically located is this prominent hilltop structure, Carisbrooke Castle which dominates the centre of the island.

A centre of power and defence for over 1000 years, it was a Saxon fortress, an Elizabethan fortress and a King’s prison, eventually a summer residence to the Governor of Isle of Wight, Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter to Queen Victoria.

Isle of Wight Carisbrook Castle
Carisbrook Castle courtyard Isle of Wight

When you are at Carisbrooke Castle, walk through the main gates and take your time in exploring this quintessentially romantic castle which still has working donkeys to work the Well-House. There is a museum and a chapel here for you to learn more about this Castle. Take the wall-walk and enjoy the breath-taking views of the island that it offers. There is plenty of space to roam around especially if you are visiting with kids.

Read the complete guide on Carisbrooke Castle >> Unmissable 9 fun things to do at Carisbrooke Castle

25 | Robin Hill, Isle of Wight

Robin Hill offers some incredible adventures and experiences in its eighty-eight acres of woodland, parks and rolling hills. Home to some incredible red squirrels, tree top canopies and epic rides, it is a destination suitable for all ages.

26 | Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine is the oldest amusement park in the UK and a land of imagination. With fun rides, slides, dinosaurs, cowboys and so much more for a perfect day out for families with children.

27 | The Longstone, Mottistone | Isle of Wight

Longstone Mottistone Isle of Wight bucket list
The Longstone Isle of Wight bucket list

Simply known as “The Longstone” the stones are of Neolithic origin of at least 6,000 years old. It is believed to be the entrance to a communal long barrow of 31 metre long, 9 metres wide and 2 metres high used for burying the dead. People may have worshipped the sun and moon during the Neolithic times which is one reason why the Longston is aligned west-east.

On the other hand, there is an interesting legend associated with The Longstone.

Legend has it that St Catherine and the Devil himself fought over the Isle of Wight as to who would control it. During the struggle, St Catherine threw the 4 metre and 2 metre wide stone that bears her name. It landed decisively into the ground. The Devil threw a mere 2.9 metre high and 1.2 metre wide smaller stone, thus losing to St Catherine. Hence, symbolising the victory of good over evil.

The stones were most likely moved during the Saxon times and it was certainly moved in the 19th century by Lord Dillon. Lord Dillon excavated the grounds but found nothing. There were further excavations undertaken in 1956 which exposed kerb stones and a ditch that ran around the mound.

The Longstone is a key place of worship by the Druids. Significant gatherings take place during notable dates such as the summer solstice.

RYDE, ISLE OF WIGHT

If you are looking for some offbeat fun, Ryde is the place to be! You will find beautiful sandy beaches along with traditional seaside fun, Victorian architecture and some hidden gems.

Ryde is home to the longest running carnival on the island which takes place at the end of August. Perfect for strolls along the beachfront, Ryde also offers plenty to do in this part of the island. You could go G0-karting, Climbing, explore the many independent shops or visit Quarr Abbey, a Benedictine monastery.

28 | Quarr Abbey Isle of Wight

Quarr Abbey Isle of Wight bucket list

Pronounced as “Kwor”, Quarr Abbey is a working Benedictine monastery and is set amongst acres of stunning and peaceful surroundings, just outside of Ryde.

Founded in 1132, the monastery ultimately fell victim to King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries. In 1907, a group of French Benedictine monks were exiled to the island. They established a kitchen garden and started rebuilding the Quarr. The present monastery is built entirely by the efforts of the local islanders.

Quarr Abbey makes the Isle of Wight bucket list not just for the tranquility that it boasts but also for its incredible architecture along with its 900 years of monastic history.

Quarr Abbey is nestled between Ryde and Wootton on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight.

Quarr Rd, Ryde, PO33 4ES


Sandown, Isle of Wight

29 | Dinosaur fossil expeditions on Isle of Wight – an incredible bucket list experience everyone!

Best areas to find dinosaur bones in Isle of Wight are at Yaverland beach near Sandown and on the south-west coast of the Island, stretching from Atherfield to Compton.

SHANKLIN

30 | Shanklin Chine

Shanklin Shine is one of Mother Nature’s best geological feature on the Isle of Wight. A popular attraction, Shanklin Shine features waterfalls, lush vegetation and wooded coastal ravine along with footpaths and walkways. It has a heritage centre and a gift shop. The beautiful tea garden has a Victorian tea room, serving cream tea, light lunches and meals.

VENTNOR | ISLE OF WIGHT

31 | St Catherine’s Oratory

St Katherine's Oratory Isle of Wight bucket list
St Katherine’s Oratory Isle of Wight bucket list

Standing at four storeys high, the octagonal shaped tower is the only surviving medieval lighthouse in England. It was built by Walter de Godeton, Lord of Chale as contrition for stealing wine from a shipwreck in 1313. A replacement lighthouse was planned in 1785 but this was never completed.

St Catherine’s Oratory is affectionately known by the islanders as “Pepperpot” due to its shape and the remains of the replacement lighthouse as the “Salt Cellar”.

Accessible by a footpath from the end of Upper House Lane in Chale.

32 | Ventnor Botanic Gardens

Ventnor Botanic Garden Isle of Wight bucket list
Ventnor Botanic Garden Isle of Wight bucket list

Founded in 1970, and located close to sea, the Ventnor Botanic Gardens enjoys a micro-climate weather all year round. Home to an incredible range of flora, and fauna, along with rare butterflies and insects. A popular visitor destination on the Isle of Wight.

33 | St Katherine’s Lighthouse

Sitting on the southern tip of Isle of Wight, St Katherine’s Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1838 to guide ships in the Solent. The height of the tower is 27 metres and has 94 steps to reach the lantern.

St Katherine’s Lighthouse has been a weather reporting station for some years and has been automated since 1997.


COASTAL WALK ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Isle of Wight coastal walk
Coastal walks Isle of Wight bucket list

The Isle of Wight coastal path is divided into six sections and takes you the full circumference of the island. You will pass through busy harbours, fishing villages, sailing towns, sandy beaches, white cliffs, wildlife haven and so much more.

Georgina: Although I did not complete the whole 64 miles of the designated coastal footpath, I did some, and left some to be continued on another visit.

Isle of Wight coastal walk
Views from Isle of Wight coastal walk. There is always a spot here for you to sit and look out to the English Channel or watch the busy shipping line heading towards the Solent.

Coastal walks are the best ways to appreciate the incredible Isle of Wight. I was totally distracted   with the breath-taking views of the English Channel and watching the ships across the Solent which is mesmerising while the sun sets.

34 | White Cliffs at Isle of Wight

Georgina: White cliffs at Isle of Wight: A simple walk along the coast turned out to be a memorable experience. I guess it is all about “being in the moment” – just you and nature. | Isle of Wight bucket list

The White Cliffs are a beautiful sight and it is one that you should not miss if you are planning on a coastal walk.

The white cliffs from a distant Isle of Wight
View of the white cliffs from a distant | Isle of Wight bucket list
Isle of Wight coastal walk is just another journey of discovery when you experience views like this | Isle of Wight bucket list.

35 | Victoria’s Island Trail

You can follow Queen Victoria’s footsteps – the Victoria’s Island Trail and visit the places around the island that were important to the Royal family. A key favourite is Victoria’s church, St Mildred’s, where she worshipped and the yacht club which was specifically built for Queen Victoria.

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Wherever you are on the island, you know that you are never too far from the sea. The island has 57 miles of coastline and offers great opportunity to explore at every turn. The sights are unique with different soaring cliffs, secluded coves for rock-pooling and nature trails and hikes. Over half of the island has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

For me, though, after spending almost a week here, I did not do everything the island offered. As for my highlights of the visits, where shall I begin…The Needles, the Coastal Walk, Osborne House, Whitecliff Bay, Cowes, the Pearl factory, watching fishermen come in with their catch of lobsters and crab…

If you are considering an island to explore in England, I would highly recommend the Isle of Wight.

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Isle of Wight at a Glance

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

Isle of Wight
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Isle of Wight
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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

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

Number of Visitors surpass residents >

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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


Recommended read: Anne Boleyn – Britain’s Most Well Travelled Ghost


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.

Stay at St Catherine’s Lighthouse

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.

How about a timeless stay at St Catherine’s Lighthouse? Rural Retreats offer three individual accommodations to suit your needs. Select from the following:

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.


Recommended read: Ghosts of Blickling Hall, Norfolk


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

Recommended read: Unmissable 9 fun things to do at Carisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight


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


Read: Best group tours from London to Isle of Wight


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

Isle of Wight
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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

Number of Visitors surpass residents >

Travel Advice

Isle of Wight Travel Advice

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Best on Resources


What’s new

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Resources used – Haunted places on the Isle of Wight:

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visitisleofwight.co.uk

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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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

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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

Reserve your stay at Koala Cottage, Ventnor

25 | Orchard Leigh Grange

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

Learn more and reserve your stay at Orchard Leigh Grange, Ventnor

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.”

If you find this article and suggestions useful, consider using the links to book your stay. TTS earns a commission on qualifying stay at no cost to you, and as always your support is much appreciated.

Have an awesome time exploring the Isle of Wight, England.

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The Isle of Wight at a Glance

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

Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight flag
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight Coat of Arms

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

Number of Visitors surpass residents >

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Very Best Views of The Needles | 4 Top Viewing Points on the Isle of Wight

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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Alum Bay cliffs, Isle of Wight

Good to Know Information about the boat rides at Alum Bay:

1 | Slow cruise

Duration: Generally 20 minutes

Depart: from 10.30 A.M. daily | Every 40 minutes.

Guide price: Adults – £7.00 | Children – £4.00 | Children under 3 are Free | Dogs are welcome | Groups of over 20 attract a discount.


2 | High speed RIBS boat

The fast route covers everything of the slow cruise plus Scratchells Bay and South views of the Needles and Island Shores.

Duration: Generally 15 minutes

Departs: 10:30 A.M. daily | Every 20 – 30 minutes

Guide price: £12.50 per person | £44.00 for a family of 4 – 2 adults and 2 children under 15

Minimum age restrictions of 6 years old.


** Seasonal – From April to November. All rides are weather dependent. Information correct at time of writing – July 2021


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2 | From above – Chairlift, Alum Bay for best views of The Needles

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Take the Chairlift from Alum Bay beach. An attractive view from above although not as close as a boat ride but equally mesmerising. It’s quite a slow ride down or up and you have plenty of time to capture amazing best views of The Needles.

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Pro tip: The boat rides and the chairlift are the two most popular ways to have close-up views of the Needles but between the two, the boat ride aboard the RIBS is an unmissable activity.

For more best views of The Needles you need to go a little further. Add a little adventure to your visit to the Isle of Wight.

3 | The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down Walks

Add a little adventure – Put on your hiking boots and enjoy one of the National Trust Isle of Wight walks, The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down Walks. A meandering seven miles with spectacular views over the white cliffs and the Needles.

View of the Needles rocks and Lighthouse from the Tennyson walk
Stunning best views of the Needles rocks and lighthouse when on The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down Walks
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The Needles rocks and Lighthouse Isle of Wight
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Georgina: The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down Walks is completely worth the time and effort. The breathtaking views are spellbinding and you will stop many times just for the views!

This little adventure to your itinerary will also get you a close view of the chalk ridges by visiting the Needles Old Battery and New Battery perched high above the Needles Rocks. As well, a Cold-war rocket test site, an old fort and a monument dedicated to a Victorian poet. Both of these historic sites offer vantage points to capture the best views of the Needles rocks and lighthouse.

Recommended read: The Historic Needles Batteries – The Old Battery and New Battery Isle of Wight


NB: If you wish to start your walk from Alum Bay instead, the actual walk from Alum Bay to Needles Old Battery is only three quarters of a mile and takes about 20 minutes.


4 | Best views of the Needles rocks and lighthouse from Needles Old Battery and New Battery, Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

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The Old Battery perched high above The Needles rocks Isle of Wight

Viewing points from the Old Battery and the New Battery

There are three viewing points for best views of the Needles rocks and Lighthouse. – the Parade Ground, old tunnels and the former rocket test site. All three viewing points are easily accessible.

i | Parade Ground

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There is a viewing platform at the end of the Parade Ground which gives sweeping views of The Needles and the Needles Lighthouse. The viewing platform is wheelchair accessible.

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View of Needles rocks and lighthouse from the Old Battery | Isle of Wight

ii | Tunnels

Tunnel view of the Needles rocks and Lighthouse

For a closer view, climb down the spiral staircase. Walk through the underground tunnel beneath the perimeter fence. It leads to views over the Needles rocks.

iii | Needles New Battery – former rocket test site | Isle of Wight

The New Battery is at the start of the Needles headland. There are many spectacular cliff-top paths to the Needles viewpoint and an excellent view back to the Needles rocks. There is no charge for visiting this site. Be mindful of the several steps down to the rooms.


Georgina suggests:

If you choose to do The Needles Headland and Tennyson Down Walks, the following tips may be helpful:

There are a number of spots to stop for a picnic if you want to take a breather and admire the landscape.

Some parts of this coastal walk involve a climb and is a little steep but worth the effort if you could make it.

If you are visiting in spring or fall, remember to wrap up warm.

Use appropriate footwear.


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Practical Information to plan ahead | Isle of Wight

Here are some practical information for you to consider when planning your trip for the best views of The Needles and the Isle of Wight.

How to get to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight can be reached in 45 minutes by a ferry from the British mainland. There are regular ferry crossings from Portsmouth, Lymington (New Forest) and Southampton provided by Red Funnel, Wightlink and Brittany.

If you are not driving to the ports, plan your journey with Trainline. Trainline has the latest availability on seats and prices for you to select from.

Recommended Read > Trainline in Britain and how to get cheap tickets.

How to move around the Isle of Wight

Public transport on the Isle of Wight is provided by Southern Vectis (buses) and the Island Line (train). Southern Vectis runs regular services from all major towns in the Island while the Island Line connects the towns of Ryde, Brading, Sandown and Shanklin. You can pick the service from Ryde Pier.

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Things to do on the Isle of Wight

As a top holiday destination, the Isle of Wight offer a wide variety of things to do . No matter your age, the Island has something unique for each one. From kids fun, adults fun, on the waters, or up on the hills to history buffs immersing in the numerous historic sites. There are also quiet spots to relax and to just be. Added to this is a thriving foodie scene as well.

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Places to Stay on the Isle of Wight

There is a fantastic choice of places to stay on the Isle of Wight. Whether it is a stylish and quiet short break for two or a fabulous holiday with excited kids, there is a special place waiting to welcome you.

There are quaint traditional seaside hotels, marvellous self-catering accommodations and a variety of quality properties to suit everyone.

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A final note on best views of The Needles

Once you have taken the ferry across to the beautiful island, a warm and stunning natural landscape awaits you. The Needles is a landmark best viewed at any time of the day. Near or far, from the waters or from atop the cliffs, at sunrise, sunset or at anytime in between – the sight of The Needles is captivating.

The various viewing points for the very best views of The Needles suggested in this article are unmissable. Brought together to add value to your visit – all you need is a good camera or a fully charged handphone to capture your special best views.

Do return to share your thoughts in comments, I look forward to hearing your stories… and you never know who you might inspire.

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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

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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4 key ways to explore the Isle of Wight

4 key ways to explore the Isle of Wight

Written by: Georgina | We may earn a commission from affiliate links | Update February 16, 2022

Stunning shorelines, white cliffs and rich woodlands come together in Isle of Wight, England’s largest island. Once a fashionable summer retreat for the royals, rich and the famous, these days the island is a popular destination for boat races, music festivals, impressive dinosaur fossil quarries and scenic coastal walks.


The Isle of Wight is a small island but it offers plenty of activities to do for all visitors of all ages. One can explore the island independently on foot, by bike, by car, or by public transport. Alternatively one can join a group and explore the island with the help of a guide who will drive you to the various key destinations while you relax, taking in the magnificent views in between the journeys. While there are many ways to experience this beautiful island, here are 4 key ways to explore the Isle of Wight for you to consider:

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1 | Explore the Isle of Wight independently on foot

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Ways to explore the Isle of Wight: coastal walk

Exploring the island on foot is not easy. You can either start your day from the time of arrival at East Cowes or you may want to undertake one of the coastal walks which covers beautiful villages, stunning coastlines and key landmarks.

1.1 | A day’s itinerary

For a day visit and to explore on foot, as a brief guide, you could begin your discovery of the island from the ferry terminal at East Cowes and make your first stop at Osborne House, followed by a visit to St Mildred’s Church. Break for lunch at Folly Inn, a pub perched on the banks of River Medina, popular for its fish + chips!.

After lunch, continue on along the River to Newport Quay. then following signs to St James Square. In the centre of the square is Newport Minster, the church that was rebuilt by Queen Victoria to house the remains of Princess Elizabeth, Charles I daughter. Around the outside and the back of the church is a Victorian tea room where you could stop for refreshments. Depending on your return ferry to the mainland, you may want to start heading back to East Cowes.

1.2 | More than a day

If you have more than a day in the island or if you drive, you could pick any one of the six coastal routes recommended by Visit Isle of Wight to explore by foot.

Exploring independently? Get the best online tool to guide you on your adventure. Use the OS Maps app to download sections of map for use offline.

Essential to have: Suitable and waterproof footwear. Water. Depending on time of year, a jacket.

2 | Explore the Isle of Wight independently by bike

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Isle of Wight coastline

The Isle of Wight is renowned as one of the top cycling destinations in the world. Rewarded with one of the best scenery in UK, the island offers two hundred miles of cycle tracks, byways and bridleways to be explored.

The complete round the island route covers 65 miles and this can be adapted to suit individual abilities. Depending on the number of days you have on the island, you can select to split and shortened the route over the number of days.

2.1 | A one-day visit to the island

Once in Cowes, look out for signs of cycle route round the island. The first leg of your route is to Northwood Park, home to Northwood House. Northwood House held many high society events attended by Queen Victoria. Surrounded by a large and beautiful garden, Northwood House is retained in its original style and offers great views over Cowes and Solent.

From Northwood House, follow round the island cycle route towards Cowes seafront. This route has the Solent to your right. Heading towards Gurnard and you will reach Egypt Point, midway which was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite places to watch for sunset. Continue on to Gurnard and stop for lunch. There are several options for food and for light refreshments here.

Depart Gurnard, cycle back to East Cowes and follow the round the island cycle route towards Whippingham, where you could visit St Mildred’s Church. St Mildred’s was a royal favourite and attended by the royal family for Sunday worship. The church was re-designed by Prince Albert to accommodate the royal presence. Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice was married here.

From St Mildred’s, you could make your way to River Medina for some refreshments before heading back to the ferry point at East Cowes.

2.2 | Family-friendly routes

Isle of Wight is a perfect destination for family holidays and there are lots of places for children to develop their skills. For some inspiration, you could try any one or all of the following three routes suggested by Visit Isle of Wight:

Need more tips on planning your cycling route? Get one of the following guide books on cycling around the Isle of Wight.

3 | Explore the Isle of Wight by car or public transport

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Ways to explore the Isle of Wight | The Needles Alum Bay

Isle of Wight has great roads! Clear signposting and easy to navigate. The road goes around the island offering beautiful scenic journeys.

The use of public transportation in the island is a convenient way to explore. The buses are regular and cover key locations of the island for a quick tour. The journey also takes you through some of the most stunning scenery of the coastlines.

Exploring the Isle of Wight by car couldn’t be easier. You have the luxury to pull-up when you like to capture the best views or just take your time over a clifftop picnic and watch the world roll by.

Whether you are exploring by car or by public transport, the most popular destination in Isle of Wight is the Needles Rocks at the Needles Landmark Attraction in Alum Bay. The Needles rocks is a spectacular image not to be missed. You can take the chairlift or a boat ride for a close look at the rocks and the lighthouse. Besides The Needles, Osborne House along with Ventnor Botanic Garden are equally popular for a visit.