There are so many places to visit in the Isle of Wight that no matter your age or preferences or even how long your stay is, you will not run out of things to do and see! The Isle of Wight is packed with natural beauty, beaches and countryside, attractions, historical sites and fun activities. With the great weather it gets, better than the mainland that is for sure, it makes sense to head there for your holidays! Here is a closer look.
There is a lot of natural beauty to discover on the Isle of Wight and that includes more than 10 gardens where you can admire various plants, including ones you usually find in tropical climates, walk among the plants and breathe in the scents.
Monuments and historical homes
One of the popular things to do in the Isle of Wight is to explore the historical homes, monuments and structures that it offers. From Afton Down Obelisk in St Lawrence, Tennyson Monument in Freshwater to Yarmouth and Yarmouth Castle, constructed in the 16th century as part of the defences for the coast ordered by Henry VIII. Then there is the magnificent Carisbrooke Castle, great to explore and has great entertainment, jousting and falconry events during the summer. If you love windmills check out Bembridge Windmill or if you love Queen Victoria how about her favourite place of residence at Osborne House. That is just a small selection of the great places you can visit and explore there.
There are several museums to explore and many make great efforts to have something for children to enjoy as they learn too. For entertaining and educational things to do in the Isle of Wight head to see any one of the 22 museums on the island covering everything from village life in the 1800s to dinosaurs and a lot more.
Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, Bembridge Lifeboat Station and Dinosaur Expeditions CIC are three of the must visit museums in the Isle of Wight.
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum is a marvelous exhibition of historical public road transport. It was founded in 1997 and the museum is a registered charity that is run completely by volunteers.
Bembridge Lifeboat Station dates back to 1867. Since then it has been the focal point helping to rescue mariners from one of the busiest shipping lanes in the English Channel.
Dinosaur Expeditions CIC has fossils on display, plus Paleoart, guided tour to participate in and some activities just for the kids too! So if you are a dino lover then this place is a must visit.
More fun for the kids
Blackgang Chine – This is a great day out for the kids but more for the younger ones than the older ones. Around 4 years to 10 years old will likely have the best time from it. There is plenty to see and experience and then there are some rides too. Nothing too scary some smaller and medium sizes ones though plus some fun animatronic dinosaurs to explore.
Robin Hill Adventure Park – Robin Hill Adventure Park has something for everyone, whether it is adventure or entertainment that you are looking for. If you want to experience the Chinese New Year celebrations or would like to experience some high octane energy zapping summer events then Robin Hill Adventure Park is where you should head to.
Also run by the people behind Blackgang Chine, this is aimed at children a little older, around 5 to 12 years, though there are playgrounds and such younger children can enjoy. While there are only a couple of rides there are also other fun things to do like a maze, a toboggan run, places to explore and adventure playground structures. They can have a blast and burn off some energy and you can join in or sit and watch! They also have an amphitheatre in the summer that has shows and other special events.
Tapnell Farm Park – Tapnell Farm Park is among the newest Isle of Wight family attractions.
A park that has indoor and outdoor activities so good for days where the weather is not always co-operating and you need alternative places to visit in the Isle of Wight! The great thing about this all new family attraction is that this one is an all-weather attraction. So irrespective of the prevailing weather condition families are sure to have lots of activities to keep having fun. Attractions at the Tapnell Farm Park include a range of hands-on animal experiences to go with indoor & outdoor play.
With the prevailing pandemic situation the Tapnell Farm Park is currently closed. Families are staying inside their homes and kids are away from school. The team at Tapnell Farm Park have come up with a new online resource – Life at Tapnell Farm. The Life at Tapnell Farm is a series of fun and educational videos, photos and also worksheets that kids can use during the stay at home. This will keep the kids entertained and also help them with home schooling.