Welcome to the Isle of Wight
Situated just off England's Southcoast, the Isle of Wight enjoys a micro climate. Just 2 hours from London, but separated by water, provides a feeling of escapism. The UK's Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.
The Isle of Wight is the perfect place to explore, measuring 23 by 13 miles it offers 60 miles of coastline where you can take in some breathtaking views, there are famously more miles of footpaths and bridleways than there are roads! Wonderful for a coastal walk or perhaps try your hand at some water-sports from surfing to paddle-boarding, have fun and enjoy some well-earned rest.
Chosen by Queen Victoria at the height of her reign, as her favourite holiday spot, follow in her footsteps and stop off at her holiday home or one of the designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Why not take a picnic and make a day of relaxing and exploring the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside at your own pace. Potter through the picturesque villages and bustling small towns and discover country lanes where you’re surrounded by greenery and the quintessentially English thatched cottages.
Even in the colder months, the Isle of Wight is great for family breaks and weekend getaways. With the frost setting on the beautiful rolling hills. It’s a great time for a walk in the countryside or along a deserted beach.
There are some great places to visit, each with their very own unique character and heritage from truly stunning coastlines to unique experiences.
Enter a world of Dinosaur Discovery with one of the many available fossil walks on the Isle of Wight. Read about the Isle of Wight's resident fossil hunters. You could join them for a fossil hunt on the beach and maybe find your own dinosaur.
Take a trip on the Hovercraft: The only commercial hovercraft in operation in the world, a great experience and only 10 minutes to and from Southsea a truly unique way to travel! or go back in time and explore the steam railway
Or come along to one of our festivals from the UK’s longest running walking festival to the Isle of Wight Festival, the first major music festival in the UK summer calendar every year.