With repeat visits, we and our guests were able to build up a comprehensive knowledge of local attractions and places to eat. Here are some of our recommendations…
This is a list of top rated attractions for visitors;
• Black Gang Chine Niton – A private theme park based near Ventnor, which is as fantastic for young children as it is for adults.
• Isle of Wight Stream Railway – Step back in time with a journey on this vintage steam railway.
• Brown’s Gold, Sandown – Family pitch and put for all ages. This is a great one for Dads and has three courses.
• Amazon World, Arreton – Amazon World Zoo Park has a huge range of rare and exotic animals.
• Newport – Cowes – Newport: Try walking from Newport to West Cowes via the cycle path, before crossing the floating bridge and returning via East Cowes.
• Freshwater – Tennyson Monument: This is a steep and demanding walk, but is well worth the effort when you are rewarded by amazing views of the Needles lighthouse and beyond.
• Devil’s Chimney: Located near Bonchurch in the south of the island, this short walk through a narrow cliff gorge makes for a spectacular day out.
• Shanklin – Sandown: Pleasant beach walk that allows you to explore both seaside towns. This is for those with lots of energy.
• Cowes: The yachting centre of the UK. View the boats and walk along the promenade, or try out the great shops and pubs.
• Godshill: A picture postcard village with gorgeous thatched cottages and tea rooms.
• Ventnor: A vintage seaside town with charm and history in abundance, now with its very own Michelin star restaurant.
• St Helens: A little known area with a lovely café and beach.
• Priory Bay: Located close to Seaview, Priory Bay is a stunning tree-lined bay with an outstanding beach and is well off the normal tourist route.
• Yaverland, Sandown: One of the best beaches on the island can be accessed from the main car park opposite The Isle of Wight Zoo. From here, walk left towards the white cliffs.
• The Little Gloster, Gurnard: Very close to Thorness Bay and ideal for fine dining, or any time that the occasion calls for something a bit special.
• Eegons Cowes: Café food and lovely cooked breakfast. Home of the breakfast challenge.
• Bahar Tandoori, Cowes: The yachties’ favourite Indian. Really nice Indian food at a reasonable price.
The Woodvale Gurnard: Great pub grub, in terms of both value and quality.
Bargeman’s Rest, New Port: Excellent pub portions.
Folley Inn, Wippingham (Between Cowes & Newport): Great food in a stunning setting on the banks of the River Medina.
• Morrisons in Newport, every time.