The Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing break, at any time of year.
It is a stunning island boasting unspoilt scenery and a wealth of fascinating attractions. For the energetic, there are plenty of sports facilities, including windsurfing, sailing and paragliding. And for those who prefer to unwind and explore, there's so much to discover.
Sight Seeing – There is no shortage of things to do on the Isle of Wight. Although the island is only 23 miles long by 13 miles wide, there are activities as diverse as walking through the shady grounds of Osbourne House, Queen Victoria’s favourite home (“My little Paradise” she once described it), visiting Carisbrooke Castle where Charles I was imprisoned or striding along one of the many breezy cliff tops around the island.
Golf, riding, sailing and cycling are all available nearby on the island and can be arranged.
Other sites well worth seeing are the historical ‘Needles’, three 100ft high pinnacles of chalk, the remnants of a ridge which once joined the island to the mainland. The Old Needles Battery built in 1863 has recently been restored by the National Trust and is a Museum of old Gunnery. Alum Bay a series of steep insecure cliffs renowned for the strikingly coloured sands. Newtown is a small village nearby which been partly taken over by the National Trust. Also here is the estuary of the Newtown River – an 800 acre nature reserve where 300 different species of plants and 180 species of bird have been recorded.