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Isle of Wight: Discover a Unique and Exhilarating Island

Boasting stunning natural beauty, an assortment of attractions and close to 60 miles of coastline to explore, the Isle of Wight is a unique and charming destination choice for all manner of visitors. Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family adventure, relaxing weekend away by the beach or just want to take in the world-renowned Isle of Wight Festival, the area has something for everyone. Not to mention that the island – the largest in England and positioned just off the South coast – has its fair share of history, including being a haven for dinosaur enthusiasts.

Prehistoric Origins

There’s a reason why the Isle of Wight has been dubbed ‘Dinosaur Island’, and it has nothing to do with the Jurassic Park movies! Known as one of the richest areas in all of Europe for discovered dinosaur remains, over 25 different species’ have been found on the Isle of Wight to date. And as the land continues to erode little by little each year, even more fossils and bones continue to be revealed. To learn more about this aspect of the island, you can visit the Dinosaur Isle museum or take part in one of the organised trips for fossil hunting. But its history doesn’t stop there, and this is evident via many remaining sites that are available to explore. This includes the highly regarded Osbourne House, which was the former retreat for Queen Victoria from 1845, and is now an English Heritage site that features many original features and possessions. Further historic points of interest include the Norman times-era Carisbrooke Castle, St. Catherine’s Lighthouse and Quarr Abbey.

Activities for All

Although it is also a tranquil setting ideal for a peaceful break, the Isle of Wight contains an extensive amount of attractions if you are seeking an exciting and fun-packed trip. To start with, a visit to the beach is essentially mandatory when travelling to the island – and with the largest number of award-winning beaches in all of England, there are plenty to choose from! If you are an animal lover, you’re in luck when residing on the island. Acclaimed attractions such as the Isle of Wight Zoo, Monkey Haven and The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary are all recommended places of interest, while local wildlife roams the island for all to enjoy. And for something a bit out of the ordinary, you could pay a visit to the family-friendly Robin Hill Adventure Park or Wight Karting.

An Island for Music

When it comes to annual events, music is one theme that is prevalent with the island – something that is best evidenced by June’s Isle of Wight Festival. Famously in 1970, the festival attracted approximately 600,000 visitors, which is in the history books as a record attendance figure in the UK for a music concert. While the Isle of Wight Festival doesn’t quite reach those lofty figures these days, it continues to bring over major artists like The Who, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pharrell Williams year after year. Music aficionados will also be pleased to note Acoustic Isle, a February event that features a wide range of local acts, while September’s Bestival is a unique four-day celebration that combines music with various eclectic activities. And music-related events are not all that the Isle of Wight has to offer. How about a scenic stroll via the popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival? Perhaps take part in nautical-themed proceedings at the Festival of the Sea? Or experience Cowes Week, which is the biggest worldwide sailing regatta and dates back to 1826? The Isle of Wight benefits from a large selection of yearly events, so before you book your hotel, make sure to check the calendar to see what is taking place during your planned travels!

Dining Out

A large choice of restaurants can be visited when on the island, although it should be noted that the Isle of Wight is more expansive than it may initially seem – so it is important to note the areas where these eateries are located! As Shanklin is one of the most popular towns on the island due to its numerous hotels and attractions, it is only natural that it also features a healthy selection of dining options. Regarded picks in Shanklin include Pendletons, The Steamer Inn Restaurant and The Happy Haddock. Although if you are a true foodie fanatic, heading on over to Newport is a must. Along with being spoilt for choice in terms of options offered, this town boasts some of the most celebrated restaurants on the Isle of Wight in the form of Thompson’s, Burr’s Restaurant and The Bargeman’s Rest.

Price range

from ‎NZ$58to ‎NZ$1,601

Top hotels

    Hotel Dorset Hotel Ryde

    The 3 star Dorset HotelHouse Hotel is mainly en-suite.  It is conveniently placed in the centre of Ryde on the Isle of Wight for the ferry terminal and other transport links. Rooms at Dorset House include colour satellite television, beverage making facilities and hairdryer.  Some rooms are at ground floor level and a number enjoy views over the Solent. The hotel is opposite 6 miles of beach.  Wi-Fi is available in the public areas and car parking is a further feature. A breakfast choice is served in the dining room and the licensed bar is a popular place in which to relax.  Views, Bendula and Swan’s Nest number among the easily accessed restaurants for evening dining. The hotel is an easy walk to the hovercraft and catamaran terminals from whence there are regular sailings to Portsmouth and Southsea. more

    Hotel Ryde Castle Hotel Ryde

    Overlooking Ryde Harbour on the Isle of Wight, this 3-star hotel offers elegant and comfortable accommodation with 11 en-suite rooms, a restaurant and lounge/bar as well as conference facilities and free on-site parking. The rooms feature flat-screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, desks, complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi. Guests staying at Hotel Ryde Castle can take full advantage of the hotel’s picturesque location and admire the stunning sea views from the bar patio whilst enjoying a few drinks. The on-site restaurant offers a wide range of seasonal dishes made using local ingredients such as fresh fish and locally sourced beef as well as full- English breakfasts and cream teas. Light snacks and an extensive range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available at the bar. Brading Roman Villa and Seaview Wildlife Encounter are in close proximity to Hotel Ryde Castle whilst Osborne House is a 20-minute drive away. more

    Hotel Yelf's Hotel Ryde

    Originally built as one of the oldest “coaching inns” on the island, Yelf’s has been carefully refurbished to retain their original charm while becoming an ideal destination for visitors to the Isle of Wight. Each of the 40 rooms is en-suite with flat-screen televisions, radio, direct dial telephone, hairdryer, and courtesy tea and coffee making facilities. the Isle of Wight. The hotel includes a fully-equipped room for the disabled and a lift to the first floor. There are several designated smoking rooms that can be booked upon request. A remodelled restaurant and lounge offers a variety of freshly cooked dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as traditional Roast Sunday Lunch. There is also a coffee shop menu with homemade cakes. Guests can enjoy the patio beer garden and conservatory with a large selection of wines and beers. A range of local sports facilities are nearby which cater to enthusiasts of bowling, ice skating, golf, riding, and mountain biking. en and conservatory with a large selection of wines and beers. more

    Hotel Abingdon Lodge Ryde

    Abingdon Lodge provides bed and breakfast accommodation for business and leisure guests, in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Rooms at Abingdon Lodge are en-suite and centrally heated. They include flat screen television with DVD, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi and beverage facilities.  Additional requirements are available upon request.  Open all year and with single, double and twin rooms available; a further, attractive suite can accommodate between six and twelve guests if required. Car parking is available and pets are welcome here. Towels are provided and popular features of the calendar include Christmas and New Year breaks. While Abingdon Lodge provides a basic breakfast and small in-room snacks, it generally encourages guests to self-cater. There are small cafes and a chip shop in the vicinity for hungry guests. Short break and business guests love this convenient setting, just five minutes walk from Ryde’s Esplanade and beaches. more

    Hotel Seahaven House Ryde

    Nestled right opposite Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight is Seahaven House, a traditional Victorian guest house proffering sea views, home-cooked food, and a tangible 'home-from-home' atmosphere. All of the homely guest bedrooms come with an en-suite bathroom and feature Freeview TVs and tea/coffee making facilities as standard. Many rooms boast sea views. Guests can relax in the sympathetically restored communal lounge. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Hearty full English breakfasts are served each day in the sea-facing dining room. An assortment of restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars are located close by. Ryde town centre is about 300 metres from Seahaven House. The hotel is also just a five-minute walk away from the the ferry, hovercraft and catamaran foot passenger services which run to the mainland. more

    Hotel Hotel Lakeside Park Ryde

    Located in the picturesque village of Wootton on the Isle of Wight and surrounded by 17 acres of countryside, the Hotel Lakeside Park hotel boasts 44 en-suite rooms, a restaurant, brasserie together with a fully-equipped spa and free on-site parking. The rooms feature flat-screen TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers, safes, telephones, air- conditioning units and free Wi-Fi. Guests at Hotel Lakeside Park can enjoy a few drinks on the terrace overlooking the lake or they can take advantage of the spa facilities and have a dip in the indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel’s Oyster Room serves a variety of seasonal dishes made using local ingredients such as fresh fish whilst breakfasts and lighter dishes together with an extensive drinks list are available at the on-site brasserie. Quarr Abbey is 1.8 kilometres away and a 5-minute drive from Fishbourne. The seaside town of Ryde is also close by. more