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The largest town on the Isle of Wight, Ryde is easily accessible from Portsmouth on the mainland. In the ‘gateway to the Isle of Wight’ find relaxing beaches, famous Quarr Abbey and a whole host of lovely independent shops including the popular Quarr Abbey Farm Shop. A peaceful place to stay, Ryde has all that you need for a lazy holiday or short break that you can take at your own pace.

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Your guide to Ryde

Ryde at a glance:
  • The Isle of Wight’s largest town.
  • Described as the Gateway to the Isle of Wight, with easy access from Portsmouth.
  • Home to the elegant Quarr Abbey.
  • A paradise for visitors that love independent shops.
  • Traditional seaside amusements, including arcades.

One of the most accessible towns on the Isle of Wight, and also the largest, Ryde has rightfully earned its place as a popular place to stay for short breaks and holidays. What might surprise you is that Ryde is far less commercial than other parts of the island, which means that it’s more suited to those that like peace and relaxation.

The Isle of Wight on the whole might be known for its family-friendly attractions, but in Ryde you can be sure of a more traditional holiday experience. If your idea of a perfect break involves a long and lazy morning, a spot of shopping and a visit to a traditional seaside amusement arcade then there’s no need to go anywhere else. Of course, the real beauty of the Isle of Wight lies in the fact that the entire island is just 150 square miles in size which means that, should you change your mind, those zoos and thrilling theme parks are all just a short drive away.

Described as the ‘Gateway to the Isle of Wight’, Ryde is known for its clean and clear beaches where you can relax on the sand or enjoy an ice cream by the sea. Traditional amusements, fish and chip restaurants and little beach shops will bring back memories of your childhood, when holidays featured sugary treats, sand-filled shoes and colourful buckets and spades. As the sun sets, sip a glass of wine or a cocktail as you look out over the water, raising a toast to the memories that you’re making.

Quarr Abbey is arguably the most famous of all of the attractions in Ryde, and is a prominent and elegant monastery that is open to guests and tourists. Learn about the lives of the monks, or enjoy a tour of the monastery, before stopping for a cup of tea and a visit to the farm shop. Described as an ‘oasis of peace’, Quarr Abbey is a relaxing haven away that will give you time to sit, rest and think amongst a silence broken only by birdsong and the occasional chatter of a passing red squirrel.

Take your break at your own pace, knowing that you’re far from your day-to-day responsibilities. Enjoy delicious food, great entertainment and a wonderful sleep at your Ryde hotel each night, and spend your days exploring your surroundings or purchasing souvenirs and gifts from the town’s many independent shops. By the time you leave the island, you’re sure to feel refreshed and rejuvenated and you’re likely to have a much heavier suitcase than the one that you arrived with!

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