Situated off the coast of Hampshire, the Isle of Wight is the largest of England’s islands. It’s been a popular holiday destination since the Victorian times, and has been its own postal county since 1974. Ferries and hovercrafts provide access to the Isle of Wight from departure points on the mainland. Once you’ve reached the island and have checked into your room at your chosen Isle of Wight hotel, the entire 150 square mile island is yours to explore.
Described as ‘England in Miniature’, the Isle of Wight has everything that you’d expect to find in any major holiday or short break destination. There are dozens of major attractions, beautiful natural scenes, walking and cycling trails, stunning beaches and a whole host of annual events to fill your time. Whenever you visit, whether you’re on a winter holiday or are staying in the middle of the summer, you’ll find that there’s never enough time to fit everything in.
For fans of outdoor activities, the Isle of Wight is a paradise. Whether you like rock climbing, water sports or walking, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in your hobby. The island is also recognised as one of the UK’s best destinations for cycling, with one of the most popular routes being the 62-mile ‘Round the Island Cycle Route’ which is arguably the best way to see some of the island’s most impressive beauty spots. Don’t forget to spend some time in rural West Wight, where the most iconic landmarks include The Needles, one of the most photographed natural landmarks in the UK.
You’ll be surprised at the number of major attractions on the Isle of Wight, despite the island’s small size. The most has been made of the space available, without commercial venues destroying the natural beauty or encroaching on the authentic ‘island’ identity. Animal attractions are the most common, with two of the biggest being the Isle of Wight Zoo and the Amazon World Zoo. Animal photographers can capture on camera a wide variety of animals from around the world, and will also be pleased to know that the island has wild populations of red squirrel that make for great photographs if you can find them.
Dinosaur Isle is sure to entertain the kids, with fossils and animatronic dinosaurs, whilst the whole family will love a visit to the Blackgang Chine theme park which is the most well-known of all attractions on the Isle of Wight. There are rides for small children and for thrill-seeking teens and adults, ensuring that every member of your travel party can enjoy a great day out. Looking for something a little less wild? The island has some very beautiful golf courses, where guests are always welcome.
Before you book your Isle of Wight hotel room, think carefully about where you’d like to stay and when you’d like to travel. Don’t forget to consider one of the many events and festivals, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Bestival and the International Jazz Festival. How will you make the most of your visit?