With plenty of things to do on the Isle of Wight, no wonder it’s a popular tourist attraction for those wanting to explore the best of Britain. A visit to the Isle of Wight will make you want to come back again and again – especially with the stunning views at every edge.
Whilst it might be tough to get everything into a single visit, Isle of Wight ferry provider, Red Funnel Ferries are always providing ease of transport throughout the day, every day at affordable costs. However, to help you enjoy the best time on the Isle of Wight, we’ve highlighted the best attractions and activities to do whilst you’re there.
Things to do on the Isle of Wight
A visit to the Isle of Wight isn’t complete without walking around the Osborne House and gardens. The estate was purchased by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on the Isle of Wight in 1845, where they created a private home away from court life.
A visit to the Osborne House today will allow you to see many of the rooms filled with original furniture and works of art and the plantings in the grounds designed by Albert.
An exciting attraction for all the family is a visit to Carisbrooke Castle. This is a historic motte-and-bailey castle that’s located in the village of Carisbrooke. There’s a lot of interesting history behind the castle and fun activities for the kids to get involved with. Carisbrooke Castle is part of the English Heritage and therefore members will be able to gain entry for free.
During your visit to Carisbrooke Castle, you’ll be able to spend as long as you like learning about the history of the castle and its surroundings. You’ll be given a booklet guide and pass signs placed around the site. Some rooms even have continuous videos providing more in-depth knowledge of the Castle’s history. For those who are looking for something extra can visit the Castle’s tea-rooms situated near the donkeys.
If you enjoy amusement parks, Blackgang Chine will be right up your street. The oldest amusement park in the UK, that opened in the 1840s boasts over 30 attractions including water slides, Blackgang characters alongside day and night entertainment and events.
Named after a destroyed chine in the Cretaceous cliffs, it’s 6 miles from Ventnor and is situated just below St Catherine’s Down.
During your visit to the Isle of Wight, you’ll definitely want to include a trip to Shankin Chine. A geological feature and popular tourist attraction in Shanklin since 1817.
The Shanklin Chine is a wooded coastal ravine that features waterfalls, trees and vegetation. Footpaths and walkways take you through the Chine towards its heritage centre where you’ll learn all about its history. It’s a stunning attraction both day and night.
The Needles, known as Isle of Wight’s most famous attraction is definitely worth a visit and not to be missed. There’s a wide range of attractions available. One of the most exciting is the chairlift taking you to the beach, where you’ll also take in the stunning views of the sand cliffs, beach and surrounding areas.
Other attractions include entertainment such as magic shows, sand shop, 4D Cinema and Alum Bay Glass where you’ll witness the fascinating art of glass blowing. There are various restaurants and cafes available alongside sweet shops too.
Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo is a fantastic attraction for all the family. This particular zoo focusses specifically on big cats and Madagascan animals, so different from the average zoo.
The Isle of Wight Zoo became a charitable trust in 2017 after being privately owned and known as Sandown Zoo. One of the perks of visiting this zoo is that you’re literally right by the beach – so you’ll be able to enjoy a trip to the zoo and have a splash or soak up the sun afterwards.
Model Village Godshill
The Model Village in Godshill is a lovely place to visit for all ages. There are plenty of model replicas of Godshill & Shanklin Old Villages as they were in yesteryear.
Godshill’s Model Village is that detailed it even contains a scale model of the model village. Within that second model, there is a third, even smaller model of the village.