Isle of Wight Travel Guide

The Isle of Wight can be found just off the south coast of England and is one of the largest islands in the whole of the United Kingdom. This is the perfect place for nature lovers to play as the island features several stunning coastal walks as well as gorgeous sandy beaches for visitors to soak up the sun on.

There are also some great historical attractions to discover on the Isle of Wight and attractions to keep the little ones entertained, while the main town of Cowes is packed with shops, restaurants and other amenities and makes a great place to use as a base.

Things to see and do on the Isle of Wight

Alum Bay – Isle of Wight, England

A view of the Alum Bay chairlift which links the Needles theme park and Alum Bay beach on the Isle of Wight. People are travelling up towards the Theme Park on the left hand side.

People who want to take in some of the island’s most impressive natural attractions will want to make sure that they take a trip to Alum Bay. Visitors can follow a rocky path to the top of the cliffs, where they will be treated to stunning views of the rocky outcrop known as The Needles and a nearby lighthouse.

The Needles Lighthouse – Isle of Wight, England

The Needles Lighthouse off of the Isle of Wight, England.

Riding on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is a great way to explore the island in comfort and style. Visitors can catch a train from Havenstreet Station and ride all the way to Smallbrook Junction on the other side of the Isle of Wight, while there are also plenty of other stations where passengers can hop on and hop off.

The charming port town of Cowes is packed with interested attractions such as Cowes Maritime Museum and Northwood House and Park. Visitors can also indulge in a spot of shopping here and a wide range of different types of retail outlets can be found along High Street.

Cowes – Isle of Wight, England

The marina and town taken from the Southampton ferry of West Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

Situated on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, Ventnor Botanic Garden is a lush green zone and makes a great place to take a stroll on a sunny day. the garden is set with both local and exotic plants that thrive in the island’s warm climate and there are various different cactuses and banana plants to admire.

Shanklin Sea – Isle of Wight, England

Shanklin Sea front on the Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight boasts more than sixty miles of sandy beaches that are sure to appeal to sun worshippers. Colwell Bay features golden sands and is lined with amenities, while Compton is a popular place for windsurfers to have fun riding the waves. Other beaches can be found at Sandown, Shanklin and Bonchurch.

Climate conditions

The Isle of Wight is blessed with a warmer climate than most of the rest of England, which makes this a great place to explore in the spring and autumn, while the hottest months run from June to September.