Isle of Wight Attractions

The Isle of Wight offers visitors a choice of local attractions with a choice of a number of interesting places to discover. The scenic landscape and coastal scenery on the islands offer the perfect tranquil break along with museums, gardens, historic buildings, theatre, concerts and events. The Isle of Wight’s location off the English mainland means it is easily assessable and has good transport links making it a convenient short breaks destination.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to the Isle of Wight, these include:

One of the historical sites worth a visit is Yarmouth Castle, the last coastal fort built by Henry VIII. A series of artillery forts were built on the south coast fearing an invasion from France and Spain. Yarmouth Castle has a square design without a central tower. The castle was completed back in 1547; a house built on the east side of the castle is now the George Hotel.

Carisbrooke Castle is one of the most famous attractions on the Isle of Wight. The castle was built back in 1100 and has become an important site for the island's defences. The Spanish Armada sailed close by in 1588 and it was thought they may have tried to seize the island at the time. Charles I was imprisoned in the castle in 1588 and the room he was kept in can be viewed and is seen as a room of the Start period. The well house and tread wheel are still in working order and open to visitors. The Carisbrooke Museum is on site and provides important historical information about the castle; there are also artefacts for visitors to see.

The Ventnor Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is a place where visitors can enjoy seeing the wide array of plants on show. There is a visitor centre and education programmes to help further the understanding of plants for plants enthusiasts. There is much attention paid here to environmental issues and concerns and there is a Friends' Society that organises events and actively helps out in the work of the Garden. You can enjoy walking on the tour of the garden and see many different types of plants that have been careful looked after at the Botanic Garden.

The exotic animal attraction Amazon World has been named among the top tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight and is great for a fun family day out. At the Amazon World Zoo Park visitors can learn about conservation, rainforests and see for themselves some of the worlds most endangered and unusual animals. The park is well known for its large range of exotic and highly unusual animals. There are approx 200 different species to be seen here that range right across the spectrum. There are tropical birds flying in the rainforest and crocodiles to see too, these are just some of the many animals visitors can see at this attraction. For those wanting to learn more about the animals there are talks teaching you more about these fascinating creatures from the animal kingdom.

For those that like a bit of adventure and life in the fast lane, you can try go karting on the Isle of Wight. Popular for stag and hen parties, corporate events, a children's party, you can try it for yourself. Westridge Racing offer the go karting experience for everyone; they have an outdoor karting centre that is an all weather track. There is a junior and a senior track, offering something for everyone. Many visitors have had great fun is experiencing the go karting experience; you can enjoy the exhilaration for yourself. There is a cafeteria the aptly named 'Pit Stop' serving a range of foods both hot and cold. Address: Westridge Racing Cart Centre, Brading Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1QS and Telephone: + 44 (0)1983 565222.

Visitors to the Isle of Wight can enjoy a relaxing cruise, where you can take in the beautiful scenery whilst relaxing at your leisure. The cruises vary from smaller boats to larger ones offering lounges and full bar and drinks facilities. Cruises usually take you around the sights of interest to visitors. See Solent Cruises for more details.

The Needles Park is located at Alum Bay overlooking the Needles Rocks and Lighthouse. Every year many visitors come to see the lighthouse, jagged chalk stacks, the cliffs and the stunning chairlift. The Needles and Alum Bay area has long been a favourite place to visit among tourists. This scenic area is still very popular today with visitors able to enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline. There are also crafts and other educational attractions to enjoy.

The Needles Park Chairlift is a favourite with visitors and the most spectacular way to see the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark. Visitors can ride on the chairs from the top of the cliff to Alum Bay Beach and back again. The views are spectacular and truly memorable. There is also a wide range of food on offer at the park, making for a great day out for everyone.

The internationally famous and renowned Isle of Wight Festival is one of the biggest attractions on the island. The festival has established itself as one of the foremost music festivals in the UK. It takes place annually in June and is growing by the year. There are many famous big name acts each year that draw the crowds. The festival also boasts market stalls and funfair rides as well as fashionable bars.

It is recommended that prior to visiting the Isle of Wight; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming.

The Isle of Wight with its tranquil environment offers visitors an interesting alternative holiday and short breaks destination. There is plenty for visitors to discover on the island, visitors can explore away from larger crowds, there are a number of charming towns and villages including plenty of picturesque locations and a scenic landscape to enjoy. With miles of sandy beaches and seaside entertainment, visitors can enjoy traditional seaside holidays away from the crowds. The towns of Ryde and Newport on the island both offering visitors a good base from which to explore the area along with their own town attractions.

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