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Your guide to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight at a glance:

  • 500 miles of footpaths with 64 miles of coastal walks
  • Mild climate sunnier than the rest of the UK
  • Famed for its abundance of fossils
  • Brimming with activities and entertainment
  • Huge range of eateries serving fresh produce
  • Wonderful, warm island hospitality

Your guide to the Isle of Wight

Sitting just off the South Coast of England and within easy reach by ferry or hovercraft, the picturesque Isle of Wight is the perfect holiday destination for all ages. With miles of clean sandy beaches, acres of nature reserves and a host of attractions, there’s something for everyone, whatever the weather.

Frequent ferries run to the island from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington, taking between 30 minutes and an hour, while the hovercraft transports passengers across the Solent to either Ryde or Southsea in just 10 minutes.

With its pleasant climate and picture postcard scenery, the Isle of Wight offers visitors a unique holiday destination like no other. Rolling countryside, tranquil woodlands and stunning undeveloped coastline form the backdrop of this bustling island with its busy towns, quaint villages and abundance of wildlife.

This is a peaceful destination for most of the year except during the Isle of Wight festival when many thousands descend on the island to enjoy four days of world-class music and entertainment. For the rest of the year, visitors are drawn to the island’s serenity with its stunning coastline, beautiful views, rich heritage and pretty towns.

Our Isle of Wight Bay hotels offer visitors a warm friendly welcome, an idyllic setting, high-quality accommodation and the perfect base to explore this outstanding beauty spot, all for a great price. Your Bay hosts are eager to serve and work around the clock to ensure your stay with us is as enjoyable and memorable as possible. After a great night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast in one of our stylish restaurants, you’ll be well prepared to explore this wonderful island with so much to see and do.

The island is a paradise for walkers with more than 500 miles of footpaths weaving their way along the heritage coastline and over contrasting landscapes. Visit the characterful picture-book villages along the way with their boutique shops and cafés, or take a more challenging hike across the chalk downs, where a little extra effort will reward you with splendid views for miles around. Stroll through acres of forests, fields and woodland or explore the island’s many coastal paths, and be sure to stop at some of the welcoming village pubs and cafés along the way.

Meander along the shores of Compton Bay or Yaverland, both famous for the many fossils that have been found there. Dubbed ‘Dinosaur Island’ because of its fossil hotspots, there’s a good chance of picking up a unique souvenir here as you stroll along the island’s scenic coastline with the sparkling waters lapping the shore.

Aside from its plethora of natural beauty spots, the Isle of Wight is well known for its many maintained gardens, each boasting its own individual character and charm. Carisbrooke Castle, with its modest but pretty Princess Beatrice garden, offers visitors a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. You can stroll around the dry moat and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Castle’s tearoom. A visit to Rylstone Gardens offers a quintessentially British experience with a bandstand, deckchairs and minigolf course, while Ventnor Botanic Garden is lined with lush tropical plants that are unlikely to find growing anywhere else in the UK.

The island is also host to a variety of family-friendly attractions, from theme parks and zoos to more traditional seaside amusements. Many of these are open throughout the year, so there’s something to do every season.

With wonderful walks, stunning views and friendly hospitality at your Bay hotel, a holiday on the Isle of Wight will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.


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Local Attractions

Isle of Wight Steam Train

Journey back in time and take a ride in an authentic vintage locomotive, with all the sights, smells and sounds of a hissing steam engine. Climb aboard the carefully restored carriages and see more of the island with a five-mile journey between Wootton, Havenstreet, Ashey and Smallbrook.

Osborne House

Once Queen Victoria’s holiday home, this imposing house gives visitors a delightful glimpse into royal family life. Take a stroll through the neatly kept garden terraces and admire the stunning views over the Solent, stop for afternoon tea at the elegant Terrace Restaurant and Orangery, or tuck into a mouth-watering home-made cake at the Gazelle House cake shop – a temptation you won’t be able to resist.

Bembridge Lifeboat Station

A visit to the working lifeboat station is a unique experience, with its fascinating displays and volunteers on hand to answer your questions. You can see the latest call outs the station has served, view the boat up close and learn about the station’s history from the knowledgeable team. 

Haven Falconry

Set in the grounds of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Haven Falconry offers guests a thrilling experience. The centre’s collection includes eagles, falcons, hawks, owls and vultures, and its skilled falconers are on hand to educate and answer your questions. One-to-one and private group experiences are available, allowing guests to meet the birds up close and fully appreciate their beauty.

Mottistone Gardens

Pretty as a picture, these gardens feature colourful herbaceous borders, a relaxing rose garden and many Mediterranean species that are suited to the warmer climate. The gardens are maintained by the National Trust and feature winding paths that lead up to beautiful views across the gardens, village and sea.

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