Every year thousands of people head to the Isle of Wight for their holidays. It has a lot to offer. Many head there for its beaches, water sports, amusements and family fun things to do. With the most award-winning beaches in the UK, kept to the highest of standards, there is a good reason for that. But there are plenty of other things to do in the Isle of Wight if you want a break from the beaches so here 5 places to visit while you are there.
1) Owl and Monkey Haven – Newport
If any of you visiting love animals you might want to head to the Owl and Monkey Haven in Newport. You can find lots of different types of owls as well as marmosets, monkeys and lemurs and even some snakes. There is also a great play area for children, centers of learning for them, a cafe to get something to eat and drink and more. It is a great day out and will make everyone happy no matter their age.
2) Osborne House – East Cowes
For the history buffs among you, how about visiting the must-see Osborne House, found in East Cowes. It was once the summer residence of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria and it is where she died in 1901. Between 1903 and 1921 part of it was used for training the Royal Navy and part it was a place for officers to convalesce. In 1986 the English Heritage took over its management. It is open all year and as well as being open to the public is open for various events as well. You can tour the gardens too and even visit the once private beach that Queen Victoria enjoyed. It is one of the most popular places to visit in the Isle of Wight.
3) St Catherine’s Lighthouse – Niton
St Catherine’s Lighthouse in Niton is a stunning example of an octagonal lighthouse and dates back from the 14th century. You can take a tour of the building, go fishing and enjoy the gorgeous coastal scenery. Just keep in mind that this example of 5 things to do in the Isle of Wight requires some physical fitness as the walk up and down is steep.
4) Steam Railway – Woolton Bridge
Now another hugely popular thing to do on the Isle of Wight is visit the Steam Railway in Woolton Bridge. It is a firm favourite with children as you get to check out a Heritage Railway, look at steam-engine locomotives and take some rides in Edwardian and Victorian carriages. Take a picnic to enjoy for the day or visit one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants for some food and refreshments.
5) Carisbrooke Castle
If history and heritage catch your attention one of the top places to visit in the Isle of Wight. It once held captive King Charles I, there are lots of nooks to explore and little stairs to go up and look out pretending to be a soldier. There are activities for children and often held on site are some fun events. Want to see some real jousting competitions? Or see some falconry? Check out when these fun things are happening and plan your trip accordingly.
Other things worth mentioning!
While we promised 5 of the top places to see on the Isle of Wight there is so much to do here we have to give a mention to a few other things. There is some great countryside to walk along, as well as coastal lines. Enjoy the local wildlife, especially the endangered red squirrel as well as a variety of birds and butterflies. Being a rich place for dinosaur bones and fossils you might even find something on one of your walks. You could even head out for a horse ride and go cycling.
Of course, another thing to consider is the many water activities you can enjoy, being an island! Water sports, sailing, fishing are all popular. But if you love a game of golf off the water, they have that too with a few golf courses to work your way around!
The diversity of places to see and things to do and where to stay is why this is so popular with such a diverse type of visitor. If you want a golfing holiday, want to see the beaches, are a foodie, love to visit historical sites, see different animals, look at gardens, take part in water sports there is something for everyone. If you do not manage to get it all done in one holiday head back again for your next break! With so many places to visit in the Isle of Wight, whatever the weather you will stay happy and entertained and have plenty more to do on the next visit.