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Adgestone VineyardSandown Vineyard
Vineyard and working Winery. Wine tasting. Cellar tours, Coffee, fresh baguettes, and cakes in Upper Cellar Cafe with breathtaking views.

All Saints ChurchNewchurchChurch
A 12thC church, with unusual weather-boarded tower and Pelican lectern.

Alum Bay GlassAlum BayCraft Workshop
Situated on the famous sand cliffs at Alum Bay within the Needles Park. The Studio Glassworks makes high quality glassware. Visitors are able to watch the craftsmen demonstrate the ancient and spectacular art of glass-blowing and select a unique gift from the extensive showroom. Entrance to showroom is free.

Amazon WorldSandownZoo
Amazon World Zoo Park is the Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction and is a great day out whatever your age! Walk through jungle rainforests with colourful rare birds flying above you and crocodiles watching you from the pond! See unusual and rare animals like the Tamandua an Anteater that lives in the trees, Toucans, Marmosets, Penguins, Flamingos, Otters, Ocelot, Monkeys, Lemurs and manor many more!

Apollo TheatreNewportTheatre
The Apollo Theatre was opened in 1972 after being converted from a former Methodist Church. The 200-year-old building is owned and run by a Charitable Trust and seven productions a year are staged by amateur theatrical group The Apollo Players.

Appuldurcombe HouseWroxall, VentnorHistoric House
If you’re planning to visit the Isle of Wight, take a trip to Appuldurcombe House and don’t forget the nearby falconry centre for a fun filled family day out. The shell of Appuldurcombe, once the grandest house on the Isle of Wight and is an important example of English baroque Architecture: the 1701 east front has now been restored. It stands in 'Capability' Brown-designed grounds. An exhibition of photographs and prints depict the house and its history. You can also visit the Freemantle Gate (part of the 1770s neo-Classical addition to the estate) on the nearby public footpath.

Arreton Down Wildlife ReserveArreton, NewportNature Reserve
Chalk downland with lovely views, with a large number of flowers and butterflies including fragrant orchids and Chalkhill Blue butterfly.

Arreton ManorArreton, NewportHistoric House and Garden
Arreton Manor is a listed early Jacobean Manor House set in 5 acres of formal gardens, steeped in history once owned by Edward the Confesser and is specifically mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great. Queen Victoria often visited the Manor and is reputed to have planted a conifer on the south lawn. The beautiful landscaped gardens and part of the house are open to the public for the peak summer months only.

Bembridge FortBembridgeFort
Situated on top of Bembridge Down is Bembridge Fort built in the 1860’s at the same time as the Needles Old Battery. It formed part of a ring of defences protecting the Island and the naval dockyards at Portsmouth from the threat of a French invasion. In the event the French never came and no shots were fired in anger.

Bembridge Heritage CentreBembridgeMuseum
A fascinating collection of artifacts, models and photos showing the history of Bembridge – together with a restored PLUTO pump from WW2.

Bembridge WindmillBembridgeMill
This tiny gem, the only surviving windmill on the Isle of Wight, is one of its most iconic images. Built around 1700, it last operated in 1913 but still has most of its original machinery intact. Climb to the top and follow the milling process back down its four floors.

Blackgang - The Disappearing VillageNr VentnorMuseum
Come & visit our fascinating exhibitions, inspiring cinema, quality shops & nostalgic tearooms and at the same time enjoy spectacular views down the south west coast to the Needles.

Blackgang ChineNr VentnorTheme Park
40 acres of cliff top gardens filled with eccentric attractions for all the family, including roller coaster waterslides and cowboy town!

Bonchurch PotteryBonchurchCraft Workshop - Pottery
Andrew Bristow's studio pottery on the seafront at Bonchurch. Original ceramics are made on the premises.

Brading Roman VillaBradingRoman Remains
An award-winning Exhibition and Visitor Centre covering the remains of a 3rd Century Roman Villa.

Brickfields Riding School at Brickfields Horse CountryBinsteadRiding School
British Horse Society approved Riding School offering all year round riding. Caters for all riding standards on our large selection of quality horses and ponies. Top quality tuition on well schooled horses and ponies. Lessons and hacks available.

Brighstone Shop & Museum BrighstoneHistoric Building
National Trust shop in a row of traditional thatched cottages adjoining the small village museum.

Butterfly ParaglidingChaleParagliding
An established and registered school with an enviable safety record and some of the best training, weather and sites anywhere. They have a comprehensively equipped school, friendly instructors, an on site clubhouse and a fully stocked shop. They teach all levels, from complete beginner upwards. Begin the adventure with a tandem flight from Atherfield Bay Holiday Centre.

Butterfly World & Fountain WorldWootton, RydeButterfly Farm
Butterfly World consists not only of a colourful butterfly house with free flying butterflies but also many other attractions.

Cachalot ChartersSt HelensBoat Trip - Cruise
Cachalot Charters provides sea angling for experienced sea anglers, beginners, novices, families, school groups and clubs. Their boat "The Robert Mark" is equipped with toilet, galley fore cabin and cabin. All equipment can be supplied and trips can last for 2 - 8 hours. They operate all year daily. The boat is licensed cat' 2 and the skipper licensed advanced powerboat with commercial endorsement and fully insured.

Calbourne Water Mill and MuseumNewportMill
Calbourne Water Mill and Museum is set in peaceful countryside near Winkle Street and offers a fascinating day out for the family with its working Water Mill dating from the Doomsday Book, together with the Museum of domestic byegones and classic fire engine.

Carisbrooke CastleCarisbrooke, NewportCastle
One of the main tourist attractions in the Isle of Wight, Carisbrooke Castle is best known as the place where King Charles I was imprisoned. You can still play bowls on the very green Charles used. For a castle that has lived through more than 800 years of service, including resisting a siege by the French and seeing off the Spanish Armada, it's also wonderfully well preserved. There are all the ingredients here for a great value family day out in the Isle of Wight. Children will love dressing up as Norman soldiers or Civil War troopers, and meeting the castle's famous donkeys, while for the grown-ups, the new Edwardian style Princess Beatrice Garden is a joy to explore.

Chessell Pottery BarnsYarmouthCraft Workshop - Pottery
Visit the new Chessell Pottery Barns where you can watch the potters at work producing the new Chessell Ware or decorate your own pottery in our working studio. All ages are welcome to have a go, you don't even have to be an artist as we have a range of decorating sponges to make decorating fun and easy.

Cineworld Cinema NewportCinema
Enjoy a wide range of films in luxury surroundings.

Classic Boat Museum, TheNewportMuseum
This charitable trust Museum exhibits undercover attractive, historic small craft together with topical displays of maritime history as well as marine craft tools. The collection now includes a number of Island lifeboats, some classic power boats and personal craft of Uffa Fox.

Colemans Activity & Play FarmPorchfield, NewportFarm
Colemans Activity & Play Farm home to: Colemans Play Barns; Colemans Petting Farm and Colemans Tractor Driving Experiences. Supported by free entry: Coffee Bookshop; Café & Gift Shop; Picnic Garden and Railway.

Cowes Golf ClubCowesGolf
Found within the centre of the town, Cowes Golf Club is a pleasant flat parkland course. Most of the course offers stunning views of the Solent, which is usually dotted with sails and teeming with maritime activity.

Cowes Maritime MuseumCowesMuseum
Exhibition in local library with pictures and models depicting local maritime history.

Dimbola Lodge MuseumFreshwater Museum
Museum and galleries devoted to photography in former home of Victorian photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. Also contemporary exhibitions, bookshop, Cameron tearoom and gift shop with own car park. We also put on a range of events, talks and photographic courses.

Dinosaur IsleSandownMuseum
In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach is Britain’s first purpose built dinosaur museum – life-sized models, interactive stations and fossils

Fakenham FarmRydeFarm Park
Traditional rare and exotic farmed animals.

Fired ArtRydeCraft Workshop - Pottery
Fired Art is a friendly family run business in the heart of Ryde. We guarantee you a warm, comfortable setting with wonderful views of the Solent, where you will be inspired to design and paint your own ceramic ware - a masterpiece to keep forever or give as a gift. Our friendly staff is on hand to give you all the help and assistance you may need to create your own masterpiece. You will then leave your painted item for us to glaze and fire. The finished item can then be collected a few days later.

Fort Victoria Marine AquariumAquarium - Oceanarium
Aquarium concentrating mainly on sea life found around the Isle of Wight. A separate section contains some of the spectacular and beautiful inhabitants of tropical reefs.

Fort Victoria Model RailwayNorton, YarmouthModel Village - Town - Railway
The Model Railway is an 'all weather' attraction, situated at Fort Victoria near Yarmouth. The layout provides a variety of operations which can be enjoyed by all fascinated by the miniature world of rail. Also a railway model shop.

Freshwater Bay Golf ClubFreshwater BayGolf
Freshwater Bay golf course is one of the most spectacular courses in the UK. Set on the downlands overlooking the English Channel, this seaside links style course is 5,725 yards long, par 68 which provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities. Visitors are most welcome and we provide very reasonable rates.

Garlic Farm, TheNewchurchFarm
Beautiful timber framed Garlic Farm shop specialising in ´All Things Garlic´. Taste Vampire Relishes, Smoked Garlic and our new Hot Garlic Chilli creations. Learn how to grow garlic, purchase garlic for planting including massive Elephant Garlic. Quality Tea and Coffee. Try the Garlic Farmer´s Lunch.

Glory Art GlassSandownCraft Workshop
Glassmaking studio and glass retail. Demonstrations given. Exhibition of sculpture and paintings.

Island Brass Rubbing CentreArretonBrass Rubbing
Britain's age of chivalry - crowed kings, knights in armour, costumed ladies and heraldic beasts. Craft centre specialising in Medieval facsimile brasses and brass rubbings. Materials supplied and tuition given. Popular school activity teachers work packs on request. Gift shop.

Island Planetarium & Astronomy Resources CentreYarmouthTheatre
Planetarium theatre and astronomy centre with various fascinating multimedia shows. Evening lectures astronomy lectures/shows. Stargazing evenings, stargazing courses some Saturdays.

Isle of Wight Coastal CentreVentnorMuseum
Exhibition of all aspects of the Isle of Wight Coastline including management of land slides. Aquarium of local sea life. Guided walks and lectures.

Isle of Wight Donkey SanctuaryWroxall, VentnorWildlife Park
Registered charity rescuing donkeys in need. Over 200 donkeys and other animals enjoy a permanent home in 50 acres. Visitors can join "Adopt a Donkey" scheme.

Isle of Wight PearlBrighstoneCraft Workshop
At Isle of Wight Pearl we have the widest range of pearls available in the UK from fabulous Tahiti and South Sea pearls to crafted and costume items. We have something suitable for everyone and every occasion. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views from Smugglers while you enjoy a sandwich, cake, hot food or cream tea.

Isle of Wight Steam RailwayHavenstreet, Nr RydeSteam Railway
A visit to the Award-Winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway will engage, inspire and excite you! Equally appealing to adults and families or coach parties and groups, the sight of powerful majestic steam engines, the charm of quiet rural stations, and the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff, will leave you with some enduring memories of a special day out.

Isle of Wight Studio GlassSt LawrenceCraft Workshop
“Come and Watch” the production and fascinating craft of glassmaking. Also visit our extensive showroom and shop. 30 years of distinctive, innovative, decorative, and functional glassware entirely handmade on the Isle of Wight.

Lavender and LaceArretonGarden
Every plant and tree used in all 8 of the theme gardens is a classified herb. We have over 350 different herbs and a collection of over 40 different lavenders which is still growing. We also have on display a collection of old tools, pumps, barrow and plough and water features. The old cottage was condemned but has been renovated. We are situated in the heart of Old Arreton which dates back to the Domesday Book recordings of 1068 including manor, church and cottages. Maltings tearooms, Dairyman's Daughter, Corn Exchange gift shop Scarecrow Brewery and local craftsmen.

Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy MuseumBradingMuseum
This internationally acclaimed museum contains one of the finest collections of antique dolls and toys in Britain. Numbering over 2000 exhibits dating from circa 2000 BC to circa 1945 the collection has been widely exhibited on BBC and ITV and with its rare and unusual playthings, is of interest to all the family.

Longshoreman's MuseumVentnorMuseum
Local historical and nautical exhibition, models, artefacts, antique engravings and photographs depicting Victorian and Edwardian Ventnor.

Model VillageGodshill, VentnorModel Village - Town - Railway
Nestling in the gardens of the Old Vicarage is this beautiful Model Village of Godshill and Shanklin Old Villages as they were in yesteryear. The exquisite details include 1/10 scale houses, many with real thatched roofs; miniature trees and gardens; a Model Railway; an airship; a wind turbine and local characters going about their business. The 1 1/4-acre garden is landscaped with over 2,000 conifers, many treated with coarse bonsai to form a perfect setting for the models.

Mottistone Manor GardenMottistoneGarden
Set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders. Surrounding an attractive Elizabethan manor house this 20th-century garden is experimenting with a Mediterranean-style planting scheme to take advantage of its southerly location. Other surprises include a young olive grove, a small organic kitchen garden and a traditional tea garden set alongside The Shack, a unique cabin retreat designed as their summer drawing office by architects John Seely (2nd Lord Mottistone) and Paul Paget. There are also delightful walks across the adjoining Mottistone Estate.

Museum of Island HistoryNewportMuseum
Designed by John Nash and built in 1816, the historic Guildhall is home to the Museum of Island History and Newport's Tourist Information Centre. Discover the Island from pre-historic past to the present.

Natural History CentreGodshill, VentnorHeritage Centre
Centre houses extensive shell collection, local fossils, precious and semi-precious stones from around the world and replica crown jewels. Gift shop. Extensive and unusual jewellery. Godshill Gemstone Bead company. Also shell shop, and crystal, rock and gem store.

Needles Old Battery, TheTotlandOther Building & Coast
Perched high above the Needles, amid acres of unspoilt countryside, is the Needles Old Battery, a Victorian fort built in 1862 and used throughout both world wars. The Parade Ground has two original guns and the Fort's fascinating military history is brought to life with a series of vivid cartoons by acclaimed comic book artist Geoff Campion. An underground tunnel leads to a searchlight emplacement with dramatic views over the Needles rocks. The New Battery, further up the headland, has an exhibition on the secret British rocket tests carried out there during the Cold War.

Needles Park, TheTotland BayTheme Park
Welcome to The Needles Park - The Island´s most famous attraction for all the family. Our world famous views and dazzling multi-coloured sand cliffs are just the perfect packed day out for all the family. And remember, the park is free to enter - you only pay to park your car. All rides and other attractions are pay-as-you-go, so you can decide how long the fun goes on!

Newport Roman VillaNewportRoman Remains
On the edge of Newport town centre, the remains of this Roman farmhouse are well worth discovering. The villa has one of the finest bath suites in southern England and there are hands on activities for all of the family.

Newtown Old Town HallNewportOther Building
Tucked away in a tiny hamlet adjoining the National Nature Reserve, the 17th-century Old Town Hall is the only remaining evidence of Newtown's former importance. It's hard to believe that this tranquil corner of the island once held often turbulent elections before sending two Members to Parliament.

Nostalgia Toy MuseumGodshill Museum
Large collection of toy cars and lorries by Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang and Hornby. Recent addition of large display of Star Wars' toys from 1977-1985.

Osborne HouseEast CowesHistoric House
If you’re planning a family day out in the Isle of Wight, then Osborne House has everything you could ask for. Built by Queen Victoria as a family holiday home, this stunning Italianate palace offers a glimpse into the private life of the royal family. Take a peek into the royal nursery, see the bedroom in which Queen Victoria died and marvel at the exotic Indian-inspired Durbar Room. Children will love the Swiss Chalet, where the princes and princesses learnt the skills of household management, while for grown ups there’s the Victorian Walled Garden, now restored to its former glory. With its glorious setting and wonderful views over the Solent, Osborne House fully deserves its place as one of the foremost visitor attractions in the Isle of Wight. Highlight Event! A Victorian Christmas! Book now to avoid disappointment!

Owl & Monkey HavenNewportZoo
The Owl and Monkey Haven has been created to provide a safe, happy environment for primates and birds of prey who find themselves without a home. These animals and birds need our care because they would not survive if released into the wild. This is for a variety of reasons such as age or injury or simply because they haven´t learnt the necessary skills to fend for themselves due to being bred in captivity. Our animals and birds come to us when they have nowhere else to go.

Quay Arts CentreNewportTheatre - Arts Centre
Quay Arts is the Isle of Wight's leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina. Facilities at the complex include 4 galleries, a 134 capacity theatre (suitable for conferences), a Crafts Council-listed shop, a popular licensed arts cafe

Robin HillDownend, Nr ArretonAdventure Park
The Islands favourite countryside attraction with something for everyone. The Islands biggest rides, loads of children’s play features and areas of space to run free. New woodland centre with fascinating displays and wildlife information. Five great new woodland gardens now open including sculpture trail. Fantastic falconry displays everyday.

Rosemary VineyardRydeVineyard
Welcome to Rosemary Vineyard - The Home of English Wine. We are one of the largest producers of wine in England, with a vineyard covering 30 acres and are ideally placed to make the most of the mild Isle of Wight climate. Our winery is available throughout the year for you to browse round and get a detailed understanding of the different equipment that we use for our wine making process. With display boards packed with information about the wine making process, you will walk away thinking that you are an expert at the wine making process! The winery is in operation on selected days throughout the year.

Saint Mildred's Church and Church CentreEast CowesChurch
St Mildred's Church 1862, was designed by Prince Albert and is where the royal family worshipped when they stayed at Osborne House. Princess Beatrice was married here and the tomb of Princess and Prince Henry of Battenberg is in the church. The church has remained virtually unchanged since Queen Victoria's death, an exception being a superb white marble reredos given in her memory. In the church and church centre is mounted an exhibition of photographs, artefacts and drawings. Coffee shop.

Seaview Wildlife Encounter - Flamingo ParkSpringvale, SeaviewWildlife Park
Seaview Wildlife Encounter is situated in a beautiful parkland setting with waterfalls, lakes and dramatic views across the sea - this is the Island's ultimate, multi-award winning wildlife attraction. This special day out allows visitors a personal, hands-on wildlife experience with close encounters of a furry and feathered kind!

Shanklin ChineShanklinCoast
Enjoy the unique beauty of Shanklin Chine - one of the most popular attractions on the Isle of Wight. When you wander through the tranquil setting of this historic gorge, take time to just sit and look and listen. At Shanklin Chine, you are in a magic world of natural beauty, a rich haven of rare plants, woodland, wildlife and an enchanting waterfall. The story of Shanklin Chine encompasses subjects of interest to all age groups from geology to smuggling, shipwrecks to PLUTO and of course the wondrous scenery.

Sir Max Aitken MuseumWest CowesMuseum
The museum is a collection of fine marine paintings, nautical instruments and yachting memorabilia gathered by Sir Max & housed in an 18th Century sail maker's loft.

St Catherine`s OratoryNitonMonument
A tall medieval octagonal tower, allegedly a lighthouse, built here in 1328 as penance for stealing church property from a wrecked ship. Affectionately known as the Pepperpot, it stands on one of the highest parts of the Isle of Wight. It is part of the Tennyson Heritage Coast, a series of linked cliff-top monuments. A later lighthouse can be seen nearby.

Underwater Archaeology CentreYarmouthMuseum
Discover a hidden underwater world! Come to the Underwater Archaeology Centre and get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent. Stimulate your senses through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and much more.

Ventnor Botanic GardenVentnorBotanic Garden
"The Botanic Garden on the Isle of Wight is a place where the pleasure of plants can be enjoyed to the fullest, it is also a place where people of all ages can learn more about the wonderful world of plants and the inextricable link that we have with them. There is much happening at Ventnor and there is a firm commitment to the furtherance of peoples understanding of the plant kingdom.

Ventnor Heritage MuseumVentnorMuseum
A small museum housed opposite the central car park, showing themed exhibition of historical photographs and artefacts (changed yearly), also models of Ventnor railway.

Waltzing WatersRydeTheatre
Waltzing Waters is one of the best attractions on the Isle of Wight and features the world´s most elaborate water, light and music productions with an amazing blend of artistry and technology. Thousands of dazzling patterns of moving water synchronised with music overwhelm visitors to this wonderful display and provide an entertainment spectacular for all ages to enjoy! There is a 40-minute Waltzing Waters show every hour on the hour in a large indoor theatre with plenty of comfortable seating.

White FalconryVentnorBird of Prey Centre - Falconry
White Falconry Ltd was set up on the Isle of Wight in June 2004 by Steven Hain, who is a qualified gamekeeper and his partner Lynette Atkinson. We have over five and a half years experience in the field of falconry and incorporate demonstrations, falconry days and corporate days. We pride ourselves on the quality of our birds. To do this, we do not have a lot of birds, which means all of them get our full attention and enjoy plenty of flying time. This also means that when you come and see one of our flying demonstrations, the birds are as fit as they can be.

Yarmouth CastleYarmouthCastle
Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight provides a magnificent picnic spot, with views over the Solent for a lovely relaxing family day by the sea. Step inside and discover the atmospheric recreation of how the rooms were used in the 16th century, and see the exhibition about the many wrecks which occurred in the treacherous stretch of sea which the castle overlooks. This was the last and most sophisticated addition to Henry VIII's coastal defences; it was completed after his death in 1547, with the first new-style 'arrowhead' artillery bastion built in England.

 

 
Afton Park and the Apple Tree CaféFreshwater Bay
Arreton Barns Craft VillageArreton, Newport
Barton Manor GardensEast Cowes
Bembridge AirportBembridge
Bembridge Maritime Museum & Shipwreck CentreBembridge
Blue Slipper Fossilshop & Art GallerySandown
Brading Experience, TheBrading
Countryside Adventure ParkArreton, Newport
Dinosaur Farm MuseumBrighstone
East Cowes Heritage CentreCowes
Grays MonumentChurch Litten
Guildhall MuseumNewport
Hoy Monument, TheSt Catherine's Down
Isle of Wight LavenderNewport
Isle of Wight Military History MuseumCowes
Isle of Wight Wax WorksBrading
Isle of Wight ZooSandown
LA BowlRyde
Molly Attrill Studio PotterNewchurch
Museum of Smuggling History, TheVentnor
Newport Tourist Information CentreNewport
OasisSt Helens
Old Smithy Tourist CentreGodshill, Ventnor
Old Town HallNewtown
Planet IceRyde
Ryde Tourist Information CentreRyde
Sandown Tourist Information CentreSandown
Shanklin Esplanade GolfShanklin
Shanklin LiftShanklin
Shanklin Tourist Information CentreShanklin
Shell MuseumGodshill, Ventnor
St Catherines LighthouseNiton
Tennyson MonumentFreshwater Bay
Ventnor Tourist Information CentreVentnor
Wayside Herbs and FlowersYafford
Wight Light GalleryVentnor
World Tree Shore BeeRyde

 

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